Partick Thistle are through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to Ross Docherty’s late goal in the 1-0 win over Dunfermline – as Jamie Sneddon became the first Jags keeper in history to record seven consecutive clean sheets.
With neither side unable to break the deadlock, it took a moment of brilliance from Jags skipper Docherty to curl home a delightful winner on 82 minutes after robbing veteran Dunfermline skipper Graham Dorrans of possession.
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As Storm Arwen whipped winds around Firhill, both sides had chances to open the scoring with Dom Thomas rattling the crossbar from a free-kick and testing Sneddon from distance before the hosts started to get into the game.
Once they did, Zak Rudden and Scott Tiffoney were both denied as the sides went in level at the break with the wind continuing to increase as it lashed Maryhill.
The Jags were in control after the break and Cammy Smith came agonisingly close to opening the scoring with an effort at goal from just inside the box.
With the minutes ticking away, Thistle finally grabbed the goal their play had deserved when Dorrans – who had been arguably Dunfermline’s best player to that point – was mugged on the edge of the Pars box allowing Docherty to unleash a brilliant curling effort into the top corner and consign John Hughes to his first defeat since replacing Peter Grant at East End Park.
The cleansheet for Sneddon extends his record-breaking run to seven games, the last time he conceded being the 6-1 win over Hamilton on October 15 as the Jags look to make a serious push for promotion to the Premiership this season.
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