Partick Thistle secured their place in the Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Stenhousemuir.

Reece Cole opened the scoring before David Hopkirk equalised for the Warriors in the second half. Under two minutes after Stenny’s leveler, Gary Harkins restored the Thistle lead before Craig Slater and Kenny Miller sealed it for Ian McCall’s men.

Cole sent Partick Thistle on their way to a 3-1 Stenhousemuir win.

Cole sent Partick Thistle on their way to a 3-1 Stenhousemuir win. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Thistle came into this clash with one win in four, having beaten Connah’s Quay Nomads in the previous round. Stenny meanwhile had been beaten in their last four games following a 3-2 victory over Irish side Waterford in the last round.

The first real chance came for Lewis Mansell, who’s header from roughly six yards out was expertly stopped by Warriors keeper Graeme Smith.

Ex-Jags keeper Smith was tested on a few more occasions in the first half, with Jonathan Tiffoney’s deflected effort the closest Davie Irons’ side came to opening the scoring.

Thistle secured victory at Ochilview. (Ben Banks)

Cole opened the scoring for the Jags before half time with a wonderful effort from range finding its way past Smith.

Chances were few and far between in the second half initially, although McCall’s side were dominating the game in terms of possession. It was to be Stenny though who scored next.

After a goalmouth scramble, the ball eventually found its way to the composed Hopkirk who made no mistake with his bottom corner finish. Harkins restored the Jags’ lead with 70 minutes on the clock before Slater finished a lovely move ten minutes from time. Miller added a fourth with a brilliant curled strike.

McCall’s side were in cruise control against the Warriors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Thistle join Inverness, Raith Rovers and Rangers Colts in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, which will be played between February 15-16 next year.

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