Partick Thistle’s Ramsdens Cup dream ended in cruel fashion

Ramsdens Cup Final'This is the moment that turned the party sour, Aoron Muirhead, missed the penalty, lost his head and butted, QoS Captain Chris Higgings, causing almost a riot amongst the player of both sides.'7th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Ramsdens Cup Final'This is the moment that turned the party sour, Aoron Muirhead, missed the penalty, lost his head and butted, QoS Captain Chris Higgings, causing almost a riot amongst the player of both sides.'7th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

The Ramsden Cup final had it all. Last minute goals, missed penalties, a sending off and even a pitch invasion.

But unfortunately it was not a fairy tale ending for Partick Thistle at Braidwood Motor Company Stadium, Livingston on Sunday, when Queen of the South lifted the cup in a thrilling 5-6 penalty shoot out after a goal a piece in extra time.

QoS keeper Lee Robinson was the hero of the game, clawing away a Conrad Balatoni shoot-out spot kick to seal victory.

After 90 minutes of goal less uninspiring play Nicky Clarks headed a rebound past Thistle keeper Scott Fox on 101 minutes.

Tension then boiled over for Thistle’s Aaron Muirhead when he was sent off for headbutting Chris Higgins after missing a penalty awarded for a foul on Christie Elliott by Marc Fitzpatrick.

As the extra-time minutes ticked away Kris Doolan levelled the score to take the game to a penalty shoot out.

There was a short delay as Doolan’s late goal prompted a pitch invasion from jubilant Jags fans, but it was shortlived as QoS went on to lift the cup in a game that had turned into a real battle of nerves and wills.