Partick Thistle 0 - 2 Dundee Utd

(After extra time)
League Cup - 2nd Round
Tuesday, August 16th, 1988, 7:30 PM at Firhill
Attendance: 3,890
Referee: Mike McGinley (Clydebank)
Partick Thistle Dundee Utd

None. Mixu Paatelainen (112)
Mixu Paatelainen (118)

Team Managers
Billy Lamont Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Archie McLean
Alan Dinnie
John Workman
Bryan Purdie
Billy McGghie
Jim Dempsey
Pat Kelly
John Mitchell
John Flood
Pat Docherty
Kenny Watson
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Dave Narey
Paul Hegarty
Dave Bowman
Billy McKinlay
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
Hamish French
Kevin Gallacher

Jim McGinley
Ian Thomson
Gary McGinnis
Ian McPhee

Jim McGinley for Kenny Watson (73)
Ian Thomson for John Flood (98)
Ian McPhee for Dave Bowman (46)
Gary McGinnis for Hamish French (100)

John Mitchell (63) None.

Red Cards
Pat Kelly (39) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 166 apps -
Maurice Malpas 352 apps11 goals
Dave Narey 712 apps36 goals
Paul Hegarty 659 apps81 goals
Dave Bowman 92 apps1 goal
Billy McKinlay 21 apps1 goal
John Clark 139 apps21 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 28 apps13 goals
Ian Redford 142 apps29 goals
Hamish French 28 apps4 goals
Kevin Gallacher 122 apps26 goals
Gary McGinnis (sub) 70 apps1 goal
Ian McPhee (sub) 16 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 121 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 31 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 26 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 121 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (34 years 31 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 33 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Two Goals by Mixu Paatelainen in the final six minutes of extra-time finally put paid to Thistle's plucky display. Although we completely dominated the entire two hours, it was only as the home side tired that their defensive shell was finally cracked.

Kevin Gallacher was at the centre of the early action, producing a fine piece of individual play, making space before chipping in a 25 yarder which McLean, the Jags' keeper, tipped over the bar. Five minutes later a surging run by John dark again brought McLean into action, saving from Kevin Gallacher. For the remainder of the half our scoring chances were limited to long range shots.

Six minutes from half-time. Partick were reduced to 10 men when Kelly was sent off after the referee consulted the far touchline linesman. The second half opened with furious activity around the Jags' goal. McLean touched over a Kevin Gallacher drive. Hamish French's header from an acute angle struck the post and Mixu Paatelainen had a shot from 18 yards turned round the post, but the Thistle goal remained intact.

Partick may have been reduced to ten men, but as we ourselves have proved in the past, that is not always the disadvantage that it may appear. Thistle battled on and had their one scoring opportunity of the game when a corner wasn't cleared properly and the ball landed at McGhie's feet but he shot over from ten yards.

Jags' keeper McLean atoned for some earlier errors with a fine save from Hamish French, but as full-time approached Partick stubbornly held on, though they did have a let-off when a Jags defender handball wasn't penalised.

Into extra-time and the only real chance in the first period was a Mixu Paatelainen header which drifted past. We looked to have made the breakthrough in the 111th minute but McLean brilliantly saved Mixu Paatelainen's header from a Gary McGinnis cross. Relief was universal seconds later when an Ian McPhee corner wasn't cleared and Mixu Paatelainen pounced to stab the ball home. Tiredness in the Thistle defence allowed us the luxury of a second goal when a short pass-back was picked up by Mixu Paatelainen who rounded McLean to slot home his second goal of the evening.

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