Partick Thistle extend lead over Morton after top table clash

Partick VS Morton'James Craigen, starts the celebrations, after scoring.'10th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres
Partick VS Morton'James Craigen, starts the celebrations, after scoring.'10th April 2013'Pic: Roberto Cavieres

IT’S not over yet but Partick Thistle took a huge step to re-entering the SPL following their 1-0 victory over title chasing rivals Morton on Wednesday night - moving five points clear at the top of the league.

In front of a packed Firhill crowd of almost 9,000, the Jags didn’t disappoint, although it wasn’t until four minutes from the interval that James Craigen scored the winner.

However the first half was characterised by poor passing and moves which petered out by both sides - put down in large part to the pressure and nerves on the night.

The normally reliable Thistle defence gifted the ball back to Morton time and again after dealing with their attacks.

But it was from a Morton mistake that gave Thistle their goal. Left-back Thomas O’Ware gave the ball away to Thistle and Chris Erskine latched on to it firing the ball across from the left. Kris Doolan was on hand but couldn’t connect properly, so it fell to Craigen to do the honours, slamming the ball into the top right hand corner of the net.

Morton slugged away in the second half for the equaliser, and although much of the action took part in Thistle’s half the home defence was more than able to deal with Morton’s laboured attacks.