Partick Thistle 2 - Dunfermline 0

PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Hodge & Buchanan.
PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Hodge & Buchanan.

THIRTEEN is unlucky for some, but not Thistle - as it was in this mintute that they scored the first of their two goals to send the Pars packing from Firhill with nothing but regret and disappointment.

David Rowson pushed the ball through to Chris Erskine with just Chris Smith to beat. Although Smith was able to get a touch to Erskine’s shot it wasn’t enough to prevent the ball from finding the back of the net.

PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Erskine goal.

PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Erskine goal.

As Thistle celebrated the Dunfermline players complained bitterly about the absence of a flag for offside.

The visitors were punished by Thistle for their pedestrian playing with only the odd flash of excitement in the first half. David Graham had a nice shot but it was off-side.

Dunfermline did move up a gear as the half progressed. Calum Woods cut inside from the right then sent the ball over the bar.

It was Thistle, however, that remained the better side. In the 32nd minute Kris Doolan tested Smith with a low shot from 20 yards that Smith saved at his left hand post.

PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Boyle & Gibson.

PICTURE BY: Gary Hutchison, 29/01/11, PTFC v Dunfermline. Boyle & Gibson.

A minute later Paul Cairney was robbed off the ball just as a Thistle goal looked likely.

In the 36th minute The Jags had a scare when Willie Kinniburgh allegedly fouled Liam Buchanan a few yards outside the Thistle box.

Willie Gibson got the ball through the wall but Scott Fox made a good save to deny Dunfermline a goal.

Five minutes later Thistle scored their second when Kris Doolan found the net after a rebound shot from Iain Flannigan.

The loose ball fell to Doolan who was left with the easy task of rolling it into an empty net.

Dunfermline pressed hard after the turnaround, but just couldn’t find their form and the hosts counted their luck when Iain Flannigan came close to scoring an early second half goal.

Twice in the opening minutes of the half he forced Smith into smart saves, the second in particular a good save low to his left.

With a two goal cushion, Partick relaxed and almost paid the price on 59 minutes. The ball fell nicely to Willie Gibson but he ballooned it over the net.

Despite this the visitors never stopped probing and kept Thistle’s defence and keeper Fox on their toes.

The home support breathed a collective sign of relief when, with just three minutes to go, Dunfermline managed their first shot on target of the second half.

Gary Mason’s shot from 20 yards looked as if it was heading for the corner of the net but Fox deflected it out for a Dunfermline corner.

Attendance: 2,720

Thistle: Fox, Paton, Boyle, Hodge, Kinniburgh, Archibald, Cairney, Rowson, Doolan, (Fraser), Flannigan, (Grehan), Erskine, (Campbell)