Partick Thistle are back in the SPL after nine years.

20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league. Goal scorers Chris Erskine and Andy Dowie.

20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league. Goal scorers Chris Erskine and Andy Dowie.

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THE champagne corks were popping on Saturday as Partick Thistle won the league in style after beating FalKirk 2-0 to propel them back into the SPL for the first time in nine years.

It was a fine win at Falkirk Stadium but there were a couple of anxious minutes early on for goalie Scott Fox.

20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league.

20-04-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk FC v Partick Thistle. Game finishes Falkirk 0 Thistle 2. Partick Thistle win the league.

The party only really got going five minutes after the break with the first of the two goals

Ross Forbes’ corner from the left was met by the head of Andy Dowie and his bullet header flew into the back of the net.

The home side initially responded well to the loss of that goal. A Jay Fulton free kick from wide on the left struck the face of Thistle crossbar and Darren Dods sent a header from a corner over the bar

When no equaliser was forthcoming Thistle, playing with the confidence of champions, were able to press home their advantage and seal the win and the title in fine style.

A Stephen O’Donnell shot thumped off the chest of McGovern after O’Donnell had been set up by Chris Erskine and seconds later Steven Lawless came close with a header.

Christie Elliott, on as a sub for Ross Forbes, was immediately involved in the thick of the action and his shot from 20 yards out wasn’t too far wide of McGovern’s right hand post.

A second Thistle goal was looking increasingly likely and it arrived in the 78th minute. A moment of typical Erskine magic left him one on one with McGovern and Erskine was able to finish with style and confidence and let the party start in ernest.