Thistle see off Saints in Scottish Cup

Kris Doolan helped Thistle to victory at St Mirren
Kris Doolan helped Thistle to victory at St Mirren

Partick Thistle made it through to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win at St Mirren on Friday night.

Second half strikes from Dan Seaborne and David Amoo put Alan Archibald’s side in control of the tie and although their Championship opponents pulled one back near the end the visitors held on.

Thistle, who haven’t made the semi-finals of the Scottish since 2002 and last reached the final in 1930, had the better of a low key first half during which chances were few and far between.

Kris Doolan was just wide with an effort from an Amoo cross and Jamie Langfield had to keep out a fierce Amoo strike but half-time was reached with the tie still goalless.

After the break Doolan twice came close with shots from the edge of the box before the Jags made the breakthrough in 62 minutes, Dan Seaborne forcing the ball home.

Thistle won a series of corners as they pushed the kill the tie off and doubled their advantage after 73 minutes when Amoo bundled the ball over the line after a spectacular Doolan effort came back off the bar.

With no other option Saints had to go for broke to try to get back into the game and after a couple of near things Keith Watson reduced the deficit with a scrambled effort in the final minute.

But it was too little too late and Thistle, much to the delight of a sizeable travelling support in the 4,572 crowd, were through.