Partick Thistle 4 - 0 Ross County (League)Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Referee: Andrew Dallas
|Partick Thistle||Ross County|
Stuart Bannigan (40)
Ben Frempah (og 55)
Gary Fraser (73)
Stephen O'Donnell (90+1)
Paul Gallacher (GK)
Melvin De Leeuw
Christie Elliott for Kallum Higginbotham (69)
James Craigen for Stuart Bannigan (73)
Kris Doolan for Steven Lawless (81)
Ben Frempah for Scott Boyd (46)
Melvin De Leeuw for Graham Carey (61)
Joe Cardle for Yoann Arquin (62)
Kallum Higginbotham (19)
Stuart Bannigan (70)
Melvin De Leeuw (70)
Tim Dreesen (78)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Antonio Reguero (GK)||2 apps||-|
|Jim Fenlon||2 apps||-|
|Uros Celcer||2 apps||-|
|Tim Dreesen||2 apps||-|
|Scott Boyd||255 apps||12 goals|
|Filip Kiss||19 apps||6 goals|
|Richard Brittain||247 apps||50 goals|
|Rocco Quinn||99 apps||11 goals|
|Graham Carey||40 apps||3 goals|
|Yoann Arquin||18 apps||4 goals|
|Jake Jervis||2 apps||1 goal|
|Ben Frempah (sub)||-|
|Joe Cardle (sub)||-|
|Melvin De Leeuw (sub)||37 apps||9 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Jim Fenlon (20 years 168 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Antonio Reguero (32 years 48 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 164 days|
|Youngest Player:||Ben Frempah (19 years 137 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Mark Brown (33 years 174 days)|
|Average Player Age:||25 years 302 days|
First Team Debuts
|Ben Frempah||(Signed July 18th, 2014)|
Partick Thistle won their first game of the season with an emphatic defeat of Premiership rivals Ross County at Firhill Stadium.
Stuart Bannigan swept home Kallum Higginbotham's pass before the break and Ben Frempah's second-half own goal doubled Thistle's lead.
Strikes by Gary Fraser and Stephen O'Donnell further emphasised the hosts' dominance.
County's best chance fell to Jake Jervis when the visitors had trailed 2-0, Scott Fox making a fine block.
manager Alan Archibald will be delighted with the three points in their opening Firhill encounter this term.
But they made up for lost time against a Ross County side who had already sustained a league defeat this term.
Defender Danny Seaborne was drafted straight into the Thistle line-up after joining this week on a two-year deal while fellow summer signings Ryan Stevenson and Abdul Osman also made debuts.
Higginbotham was a constant thorn in County's side and he went down when challenged by goalkeeper Antonio Reguero early on.
However, referee Andrew Dallas produced a yellow card and cautioned Higginbotham for diving.
Gary Fraser then turned a shot onto the post as Derek Adams' side continued to struggle against a determined Jags attack.
O'Donnell's cross was the catalyst for Thistle's second and he got on the scoresheet himself later on
After Jake Jervis had fired across the face of Thistle's goal, Higginbotham unlocked the County defence to set up Bannigan for the opener, the midfielder lashing the ball past Reguero.
The loss of a goal moved County into action and Rocco Quinn tested Fox before Graham Carey's strike skimmed the crossbar.
However, they fell further behind when O'Donnell's cross was turned in by Frempah, who had just come on to make his debut as a half-time replacement for Scott Boyd.
Jervis almost brought the Dingwall side back into the match but Fox saved impressively after the striker had hammered the ball towards goal.
A back heel by Stevenson set Thistle away on a sweeping move that ended with Fraser converting Elliot's pass.
And an angled drive by O'Donnell completed a comfortable victory for the Firhill side..