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Partick Thistle score ghost goal against Morton in Championship

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Twenty-five years ago, referee Les Mottram failed to spot an obvious goal against Partick Thistle at Firhill. But on Saturday, in the same goalmouth, Thistle were the victims of a similarly strange decision.

Kris Doolan's shotexternal-link from the edge of the Morton box glanced off the underside of the crossbar and rippled the net, before falling across the goalline.

As the home players celebrated, referee Barry Cook consulted with his assistant and opted to award a throw-in instead.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald described it as "bizarre" and "unbelievable" but, fortunately for Thistle, Chris Erskine's goal was enough to earn them victory regardless.

"I'm just glad it didn't have an effect on the outcome," said Archibald.

"The referee could have overruled [the assistant], and the other assistant can see it and just say, 'the linesman has had a bit of a bad day there, can we help him out?'

"I'm only calm because we've won the game, but it beggars belief."

It was reminiscent of the incident at Firhillexternal-link in January 1993 when a shot by Dundee United's Paddy Connolly hit the stanchion of the same goal, bounced out, and was caught by Thistle defender Martin Clark and thrown back to goalkeeper Andy Murdoch, only for Mottram to wave play on.

So what happened?

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Kris Doolan unleashes a shot at goal...
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It fizzes through a crowd of players...
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The ball glances off the underside of the bar and ripples the roof of the net...
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It falls clearly behind the line before spinning out...
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A disconsolate Morton player then lashes the ball out of play...
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And the Thistle players run to celebrate...
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But referee Barry Cook goes to consult with his assistant
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Before deciding to award Thistle a throw-in


Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bell
  • 2Elliott
  • 5Keown
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 17Slater
  • 39NtambweSubstituted forBanniganat 76'minutes
  • 7SpittalBooked at 57mins
  • 10ErskineBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMelbourneat 90'minutes
  • 19StoreyBooked at 85mins
  • 9Doolan


  • 8Bannigan
  • 11Storer
  • 15Melbourne
  • 20Wilson
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 23Sneddon
  • 30Jefferies


Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Scully
  • 14Tumilty
  • 2KildaySubstituted forWaddellat 63'minutes
  • 4Buchanan
  • 25McKeown
  • 19MacLeanBooked at 39mins
  • 7Millar
  • 8McAlisterBooked at 47mins
  • 12TidserSubstituted forTiffoneyat 70'minutes
  • 9JohnstoneSubstituted forArmourat 70'minutes
  • 11McHugh


  • 1Gaston
  • 3Iredale
  • 5Waddell
  • 6Telfer
  • 17Tiffoney
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour
Barry Cook

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamMorton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Max Melbourne replaces Chris Erskine.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    Jim McAlister (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by James Penrice.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Scott Tiffoney (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Reghan Tumilty (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

  15. Post update

    Scott Tiffoney (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

  17. Post update

    Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Morton. Conceded by Stuart Bannigan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Penrice (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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