Partick Thistle v Falkirk - As it happened
Live updates as Falkirk head to Firhill for a crucial match with Partick Thistle in the race for the League 1 title.
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Full time: Partick Thistle 5-0 Falkirk
Last updated: Thursday, 29 April, 2021, 19:18
- Rudden, Tiffoney and Graham give Thiste a 3-0 lead in the first half
- Falkirk caught on the break twice in second half as Graham and Cardle make it 5-0
- Victory means Thistle are crowned League 1 champions
Welcome to our live blog.
We will have build up from 30 minutes before kick off followed by live updates throughout and post match reaction.
Played two, drawn two
The Bairns and Jags, who started the season as the two favourites for the title, have met twice this season and drawn both games.
The first meeting came at Firhill in November. It was a thrilling encounter, where Callumn Morrison’s deflected striker from distance gave Falkirk the lead but the hosts got themselves in front with goals from Brian Graham and Joe Cardle, while PJ Morrison saved a penalty.
Charlie Telfer came off the bench to score an 88th minute equaliser, something that could still prove a huge moment come the end of the season.
The next meeting was not quite so pulsating as the wind and rain battered the Falkirk Stadium and prevented either side getting a grasp of the match as they played out a 0-0 draw on Boxing Day.
The main talking point was former Falkirk striker Zak Rudden’s sending off for dissent towards the referee.
If Falkirk are going to get the win, they will have to end a staggering 11-game unbeaten run of league fixtures for Thistle, which stretches back to that 0-0 draw at the Falkirk Stadium.
Since that result, they have won six and drawn four league matches and their only defeat in all competitions has come in the Scottish Cup against Dundee United.
In the same period, the Bairns have only won three league matches, including just one in their past six.
That might be grim reading but, as far as Thistle’s run goes, they do say that all good things must come to an end…
Gomis returns from suspension
The only expected change to Falkirk’s threadbare squad from the 2-2 draw with Cove Rangers last Saturday is the return of Mo Gomis from suspension.
Interim manager Gary Holt has said he doesn’t expect the likes of Paul Dixon or Charlie Telfer, among many others, to be fit in time for the trip to Firhill.
He also added that, with three fixtures in a six-day period to come, it will mean more game time for younger players like Blair Sneddon and Aidan Laverty, who have not featured a whole lot in the campaign so far.
Scottish Bookmakers McBookie.com make the hosts even money favourties for tonights match while Falkirk start as 14/5 underdogs and the draw is 23/10.
Jags striker Brian Graham is favourite to score the first goal at 7/2 while Bairns frontmen Aidan Keena and Conor Sammon are 11/2.
Both teams to score is 9/10.
Who needs what
Tonight’s match could have seen the Jags crowned League 1 champions and promoted back to the Championship with a win.
However, after only managing a draw at home to Cove on Tuesday night, they have put the ball back in Falkirk’s court and the fate of the title is in the Bairns’ hands.
If they win their remaining three matches, Falkirk will be champions – it’s as simple as that. Lose at Firhill, though, and they are officially out of the title race, while a draw would mean the Bairns winning their two remaining games and requiring Partick to drop more points while also keeping an eye on Cove, who would still have level points with Falkirk.
We’ve arrived and have team line ups to bring you straight away!
Falkirk starting XI
Here is the line up for the Bairns tonight
Partick starting XI
And here’s how the hosts line up
Falkirk unchanged but boast more subs
It’s an unchanged starting 11 for Falkirk from last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Cove Rangers.
There’s welcome news on the bench though which looks much healthier compared to last weekend. Mo Gomis is back from suspension while Anton Dowds and Mark Durnan return from injury.
Here come the teams
The two sides make there way on to the pitch
5mins: Penrice has a go
Partick win a corner and take it short to Bannigan at the edge of the box who floats it in to the back post where Sammon clears but only as far as James Penrice who hits a low drive through the crowded penalty area but Mutch gets down well to hold it.
12mins: All Thistle
The Jags are testing the Falkirk defence with balls in to the box which they’ve so far dealt with but the space they are getting in the wide areas is a concern.
17mins: Penrice tests Mutch again
James Penrice has another go from distance, shooting beyond the strikers in front of him and it looked easy enough for Mutch but he could only palm it away from goal and nearly in to the path of Brian Graham but Falkirk were able to clear.
Shortly after Tiffoney had a go but this one was held by Mutch.