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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 shot 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 Firhill 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

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

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

Substitutes

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

Morton

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

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 3Iredale
  • 5Waddell
  • 6Telfer
  • 17Tiffoney
  • 21Langan
  • 22Armour
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
3,431

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Morton 0.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jim McAlister.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Max Melbourne replaces Chris Erskine.

Foul by Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle).

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

Corner, Morton. Conceded by James Penrice.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

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

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

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Morton).

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

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

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

Foul by Chris Millar (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Stuart Bannigan.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Stuart Bannigan replaces Brice Ntambwe.

Attempt saved. Gregor Buchanan (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Sean McGinty.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

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

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gregor Buchanan.

Attempt saved. Ben Armour (Morton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Ben Armour replaces Denny Johnstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Scott Tiffoney replaces Michael Tidser.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Chris Millar.

Foul by Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle).

Rory McKeown (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Kerr Waddell replaces Lee Kilday because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

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

Foul by Michael Tidser (Morton).

Attempt saved. Michael Tidser (Morton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County43017349
2Inverness CT42206248
3Queen of Sth421111477
4Dundee Utd42118627
5Morton42116427
6Ayr42116607
7Partick Thistle420246-26
8Dunfermline4103512-73
9Alloa402236-32
10Falkirk400418-70
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