Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 4-0 Ross County

Stuart Bannigan scores for Partick Thistle against Ross County

Partick Thistle won their first game of the season with an emphatic defeat of Premiership rivals Ross County.

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.

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And, having waited until February for their first home Premiership win last season, manager Alan Archibald will be delighted with the three points in their opening Firhill encounter this term.

With Thistle's fixture against Celtic postponed due to the latter's ground being used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Jags had had a longer wait for their first competitive match of the season.

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.

Stephen O'Donnell scores for Partick Thistle against Ross County
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 fine night's work for Archibald's team.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 3Seaborne
  • 16McMillan
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDoolanat 82'minutes
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 18minsSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 8BanniganBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCraigenat 74'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 18Osman
  • 10Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forCardleat 62'minutes
  • 5BoydSubstituted forFrempahat 47'minutes
  • 2DreesenBooked at 79mins
  • 3Celcer
  • 8Brittain
  • 23CareyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 62'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 4Quinn
  • 10Kiss
  • 19Fenlon
  • 9Jervis

Substitutes

  • 7Cardle
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 18Frempah
  • 20Balk
  • 21Brown
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,261

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0.

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan McMillan.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Fraser.

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Steven Lawless.

Booking

Tim Dreesen (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tim Dreesen (Ross County).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Stuart Bannigan.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 0. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christie Elliott.

Booking

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jake Jervis (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Fraser.

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Graham Carey.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Joe Cardle replaces Yoann Arquin.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Uros Celcer.

Booking

Graham Carey (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Ben Frempah, Ross County. Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 0.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ben Frempah replaces Scott Boyd.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ross County 0.

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Scott Fox.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd22004046
2Inverness CT21102024
3Partick Thistle11004043
4Celtic11003033
5Hamilton21012203
6Motherwell21011103
7Aberdeen210123-13
8St Johnstone210124-23
9Dundee20201102
10Kilmarnock201113-21
11St Mirren200203-30
12Ross County200216-50
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