Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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East Fife 0-1 Partick Thistle: Steven Anderson header seals victory for Jags

Steven Anderson scores
Steven Anderson scores the winner for Thistle

Steven Anderson's goal propelled Partick Thistle into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals after a hard-fought battle with East Fife.

Defender Anderson, on loan from St Johnstone, headed home Craig Slater's second-half corner.

Blustery conditions at New Bayview meant slick football was at a premium, with Anderson's strike on the hour making the difference.

The Firhill club are in the last eight for the second time in three years.

Thistle were put out of the Challenge Cup by East Fife in September, but it rarely looked like that feat would be repeated in Methil.

Storm Erik blows over for Thistle

Bayview is famed for being one of the most exposed grounds in Scotland.

That, coupled with Storm Erik, meant there was no place for fancy or even basic football at times. East Fife seemed more prepared for the conditions in the earlier stages, but the main threat to Thistle's goal came when keeper Conor Hazard was forced to catch his own clearance after the wind blew it back.

On the stroke of half-time East Fife protested for a penalty as Anderson and Antonio Dowds tussled in the box, but referee Don Robertson said play on.

Into the second half and Miles Storey thought he'd broken the deadlock for Thistle, but his shot came off the underside of the bar.

But minutes later, the breakthrough came. A deep corner was floated in from the left and Anderson was there at the back post to nod it home.

'We were punished for not taking our chances' - reaction

East Fife manager Darren Young: "We're all in there pretty gutted that we're not in the draw. I think we deserved at least a draw and we're on top, we don't take our chances and then we're punished.

"We had two penalty claims that I'll see back, but the boys seem to think were pretty stone wall. We coped well and at times you couldn't tell who was the championship side."

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "We knew it was going to be difficult, but the conditions made it even more difficult.

"It was important that we ground out a result and I was delighted in the manner in which we did that, we've not done that since I've been at the club so that was the pleasing part."

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Long
  • 6Watson
  • 5Dunlop
  • 17Meggatt
  • 18LintonSubstituted forBellat 79'minutes
  • 14WattSubstituted forCourtat 69'minutes
  • 16Davidson
  • 3Docherty
  • 8Slattery
  • 15Dowds
  • 19CurrieSubstituted forWatsonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dunsmore
  • 4Kane
  • 9Court
  • 12Watson
  • 20Bell
  • 21Terry

Partick Thistle

  • 15Hazard
  • 43SaundersSubstituted forDoolanat 58'minutes
  • 5Anderson
  • 31McMillan
  • 2Elliott
  • 8Bannigan
  • 21FitzpatrickSubstituted forSpittalat 60'minutes
  • 17Slater
  • 3Penrice
  • 11Harkins
  • 19StoreyBooked at 75minsSubstituted forMansellat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGinty
  • 7Spittal
  • 9Doolan
  • 20Wilson
  • 23Sneddon
  • 29Coulibaly
  • 30Mansell
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
1,724

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, East Fife 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, East Fife 0, Partick Thistle 1.

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

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Patrick Slattery.

Ross Davidson (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Broque Watson replaces Rory Currie.

Attempt missed. Ross Davidson (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Lewis Mansell replaces Miles Storey because of an injury.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by James Penrice.

Delay in match Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Kyle Bell replaces Scott Linton.

Attempt saved. Ross Davidson (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Patrick Slattery (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Miles Storey (Partick Thistle).

Jonathan Court (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Jonathan Court replaces Liam Watt.

Daryll Meggatt (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Anton Dowds (East Fife).

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match James Penrice (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ross Dunlop.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 0, Partick Thistle 1. Steven Anderson (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Slater with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

Mark Docherty (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Blair Spittal replaces Aidan Fitzpatrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Steven Saunders because of an injury.

Delay in match Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Daryll Meggatt.

Daryll Meggatt (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Craig Watson (East Fife) header from very close range is blocked.

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