Partick 1-0 St Mirren- Match Report

Partick 1-0 St Mirren: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.Eccleston settles itNathan Eccleston's first goal for Partick Thistle sent the Jags into the League Cup quarter-finals as they avenged Friday's league defeat by St Mirren with a 1-0 win at Firhill.Both sides had chances after an uneventful first half but some poor finishing sent the game into extra-time.The breakthrough came 10 minutes in when former Liverpool and Blackpool striker Eccleston had all the time and space he needed to tap home on the rebound after Marian Kello had stopped substitute Christie Elliott's shot following a good break from Steven Lawless.The game had looked destined for extra-time following a first half that saw just two chances of note.Kris Doolan was handed the first opportunity inside two minutes following good touches from Lawless and James Craigen - but he curled wide from 16 yards.St Mirren, who were missing Ellis Plummer to injury, also lost Gary Teale in the 26th minute after he came off worse in a shoulder charge with Jake Carroll.Thistle were looking sharper in possession but any promising move broke down outside the penalty box and Saints had a half-chance to snatch an interval lead.Gregg Wylde's cross found Kenny McLean's untracked run with home goalkeeper Scott Fox off his line, but the midfielder glanced his header wide.The game immediately opened up after the restart and Marian Kello palmed away Conrad Balatoni's header after Craigen had crossed following a short corner.Thistle were moving the ball much quicker and they kept the pressure on with Carroll fizzing a shot wide.McLean headed wide again, this time following a deep corner, but Saints found themselves in trouble after another corner was cleared.Lawless set substitute Ryan Stevenson away with an excellent first-time pass but he shot straight at Kello from 25 yards when he had support arriving to his left.Saints had two great chances as the game entered the final 15 minutes.Thistle put themselves under pressure with some sloppy defending and visiting right-back Adam Drury burst forward and fired a cutback that found Reilly in space, but the striker's shot was palmed wide by Fox.Reilly took the resulting corner and presented McLean with a free header but he again headed just wide with his best chance so far.Thistle looked the much likelier team in the closing stages of the 90 minutes though - but Stuart Bannigan and Lawless both missed the target when loose balls fell for them 18 yards out and Kallum Higginbotham shot against a team-mate after Lawless had cut the ball back to him.Saints sub James Marwood had the first chance of extra-time but Fox comfortably saved and Saints were undone when they failed to pick up Lawless in the centre circle and were put on the back foot.Eccleston finished off the move and Fox saved comfortably from Reilly, and McLean's 60-yard shot, to send Thistle through

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