Partick Thistle book place in next round of cup competition

P.Thistle VS Hamilton- Doolan in action'23rd August 2014
P.Thistle VS Hamilton- Doolan in action'23rd August 2014

Partick Thistle will face St Mirren in the League Cup third round after Kris Doolan’s first-half strike saw of the challenge of Morton on Tuesday night.

Thistle 1-0 win in the Petrofac League Cup second round will means the Jags will now face the Buddies in a league and cup double header on the 19th and 23rd of September, respectively.

They secured their place in the third round as they edged out Greenock Morton at Cappielow this week.

The Jags started well testing, keeper Nico Caraux with a number of thumping efforts on goal. Steven Lawless came closest with a 20-yard drive but Caraux smothered the strike at his far post.

Morton then spurned the chance to take a half-time lead after Reece Hands’ cross picked out Stefan McCluskey unmarked at the back post, but his header skidded just beyond the upright.

Morton were then punished as the opener arrived in first half stoppage time, with Doolan rifling the ball across Caraux and inside the post.

Thistle then should have wrapped up the game after 53 minutes when Lawless robbed Lee Kilday, allowing Stephen O’Donnell to feed Kallum Higginbotham down the left.

The winger then bore down on goal but his ferocious shot was brilliantly beaten out by the on-form Caraux.

Partick then survived a strong penalty shout in the last few minutes with McCluskey going to ground in the box only to be booked for diving.

Nevertheless, Thistle held on for the win and can look ahead to September’s double header with St Mirren.

Before then, however, league duty sees them travel to Aberdeen on Saturday before entertaining high-flying Inverness the following weekend.