Partick Thistle 1
Dundee 1
League (First Division)


Partick 

1 - 1

Dundee


League (First Division)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
Firhill Stadium
Attendance: 3,303
3:15 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Kevin McKinlay (81) Colin McMenamin (37)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Jonathan Tuffey
2. Alan Archibald
3. Marc Twaddle
4. Simon Store
5. John Robertson
6. Paul Paton
7. David Rowson
8. Gary Harkins
9. Stephen McKeown
10. Kris Doolan
11. Lucas Akins
Robert Douglas .1
David Cowan .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Eric Paton .7
Paul McHale .8
Georgios Efrem .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Colin McMenamin .11

Bench
12. Craig Hinchcliffe
14. Ian Maxwell
15. Scott Chaplain
16. Kevin McKinlay
17. William Kinniburgh
Ludovic Roy .12
Craig McKeown .14
Darren Williams .15
David O'Brien .16
Mark Gilhaney .17

Substitutions
Kevin McKinlay for Lucas Akins (53)
William Kinniburgh for David Rowson (71)
Craig McKeown for Jim Laughlan (80)

Cautions
Willie Kinniburgh (82)
Gary Harkins (90)
Georgios Efrem (50)
Paul McHale (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Somers (Referee)





Match Report


Dundee were boosted by the news that Jim Lauchlan was fit enough to return to the starting line before the match. He lined up in central defence along side Gary Mackenzile. David Cowan moved to right back as Eric Paton took up a place in central midfield as Colin Cameron again missed out due to injury.

In front of a visiting support of 704 in an attendance of 3,303, Dundee couldn't get on top of the match in the early stages and suffered from failing to put passes together as Partick controlled the game. A free kick 25 yards from goal was the first chance for the home team and the impressive Gary Harkins tried a low effort which almost fell to both striker Lucas Akins and Kris Doolan but Dundee scrambled clear.

Paul Paton had a low shot held well by Douglas after cutting in from the right before Curier had Dundee's first effort, a shot well wide of the post.

Partick upped the pressure and had a spell when Dundee did well to keep them at bay as they tried to find a way through. That spell was ended when Harkins volleyed over from the edge of the area. Then came Dundee's first real chance, Andrew Shinnie crossed from the right and it eventually dropped to Paton but his side footed effort was blocked. Giorgos Efrem chased down the ball on the left and got it back across for Shinnie but he could only drill a low effort wide.

Thistle's Doolan then came closest for the Jags when he receiving the ball on the edge of the box and curled an effort towards the bottom corner only for Douglas to get down and tip round the post.

Then out of nowhere Dundee took the lead with a superbly put together goal. Eddie Malone played a free kick forward and Curier laid it off to Shinnie who beautifully played a first time ball over the top for Colin McMenamin running through. The striker took a touch before slotting the ball into the net.

Harkins was involved in Partick's two chances to get level before the break. Firstly he drifted past three men before laying it to Stephen McKeown who fired a shot over the bar. Then he had another chance to beat Douglas with a free kick, this time curling it wide.

Dundee went into the break happy to be leading and half way to what would be a huge three points in the title race but the lead wasn't to last in the second half.

Efrem picked up a booking early in the half as he went down on the break and referee David Somers agreed with the home support that he had taken a dive, which looked like a harsh decision.

Partick replaced Paul Paton with Kevin Mckinlay early in the half but Dundee went in search of a second goal that could have killed the game.

McMenamin battled hard and pulled the ball back to Curier but the Guadeloupe striker's shot on the turn was wide. Then Eric Paton glanced a header just past the post. Thistle made their second and third changes either side of the best chance Dundee had to go two ahead. Efrem cut inside and hit a fierce shot that Tuffey couldn't hold but the rebounding ball hit McMenamin rather than the goal scorer hitting the ball and it spun away from him.

Dundee then lost, rock solid, Jim Lauchlan after a clash of heads forced the defender's match to end prematurely and within a minute Partick were level. A throw were cleared by Dundee but only as far as the taker who played it back into the box and sub McKinlay arrived at the back post to guide it into the bottom corner.

That sparked an exciting last nine minutes which saw both side trying to find a winner and no chance would be better than the first that Dundee had to retake the lead. McMenamin and Shinnie broke away and had only one Partick defender covering back McMenamin played it to the on loan Rangers man but his shot was weak and Tuffey collected.

Paton curled a free kick from the edge of the box just over the ball and Scott Chaplain had a great chance for the home side but although he got it up and over Douglas it was over the bar.

Paul McHale was booked with pretty much the last action of the game as he pulled back a Partick man on the break.

The draw favoured neither side and it will be leaders St. Johnstone who will be happiest with the result.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at March 22nd, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 30 - 163 -
Gary Mackenzie23 16 - 771
Eric Paton30 294294
Jim Laughlan32 9 - 9 -
Eddie Malone23 30 - 581
David Cowan27 19 - 33 -
Andrew Shinnie19 151151
Paul McHale27 241674
Georgios Efrem19 6262
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 29144023
Colin McMenamin28 2453611
Craig McKeown (sub)24 22 - 22 -






League Table (as at March 22nd, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.