PARTICK THISTLE were celebrating after lifting the Arr Craib Cup on Sunday - beating Everton’s Premiership starlets 3-1.
After just two minutes Thistle made a great start to the game when Stephen O’Donnell swung over a great cross from the right that Sean Welsh got on the end of to head in. Then James Craigen won a penalty just after the break and Welsh made it two. Everton responded two minutes later, but Stuart Bannigan put the game beyond doubt with the homeside’s third.
Thistle had booked their place in the final on Sunday after beating a Celtic XI in the semi-final the previous day 2-0. Goals in this game came from Welsh who had just come on with half an hour played. He again headed a lovely ball into the back of the net after connecting with a Paul Paton free kick.
The second came in the 49th minute when Christie Elliott knocked the ball to Steven Lawless on his right and his well struck shot from 18 yards found the target.
Meanwhile Everton XI faced Ardrie earlier that day at Firhill and narrowly beat the Diamonds 2-1.
Following the result Thistle manager Jackie McNamara said: “I think the game was good as a way of testing the players and obviously it was good to win, but we shouldn’t get carried away. The real work starts on Saturday in the Challenge Cup. We have quite a young team with many of the players only 19 and a couple at 21. Although the team are young I am quite pleased at how they are coming on. I feel they are more than up to the challenge.”
The Jags will be hoping to secure some more silverware on the back of their victory in last Sunday’s Cup when they kick-off their Challenge Cup game against Clyde at Recreation Park. After this they compete in the League Cup the following week away to Forfar Athletic before the start of the Irn-Bru First Division, which starts August 11 with a home game against Falkirk.