Partick Thistle 4 - 0 Ross County (League)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 3,261
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Partick Thistle v Ross County, Aug 13th 2014, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Partick Thistle Ross County 

Goalscorers
Stuart Bannigan (40)
Ben Frempah (og 55)
Gary Fraser (73)
Stephen O'Donnell (90+1)
None.

Starting Eleven
Scott Fox
Stephen O'Donnell
Dan Seaborne
Conrad Balatoni
Stuart Bannigan
Ryan Stevenson
Steven Lawless
Kallum Higginbotham
Jordan McMillan
Abdul Osman
Gary Fraser
Antonio Reguero
Tim Dreesen
Uros Celcer
Scott Boyd
Jim Fenlon
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Filip Kiss
Graham Carey
Jake Jervis
Yoann Arquin

Bench
Aaron Muirhead
James Craigen
Kris Doolan
Christie Elliott
Declan McDaid
Dale Keenan
Paul Gallacher (GK)
Mark Brown
Ben Frempah
Jordi Balk
Joe Cardle
Melvin De Leeuw
Darren Maatsen
Liam Boyce

Substitutions
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)

Bookings
Kallum Higginbotham (19)
Stuart Bannigan (70)
Graham Carey
Melvin De Leeuw (70)
Tim Dreesen (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 2 apps -
Uros Celcer 2 apps -
Tim Dreesen 2 apps -
Scott Boyd 255 apps12 goals
Jim Fenlon 2 apps -
Richard Brittain 247 apps50 goals
Rocco Quinn 99 apps11 goals
Graham Carey 40 apps3 goals
Filip Kiss 19 apps6 goals
Yoann Arquin 18 apps4 goals
Jake Jervis 2 apps1 goal
Ben Frempah (sub) -
Joe Cardle (sub) -
Melvin De Leeuw (sub) 37 apps9 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim Fenlon (20 years 168 days)
Oldest Player:Antonio Reguero (32 years 48 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 164 days

Matchday Squad
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)

Milestones

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..

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