By Blair McNally
Partick Thistle kept their Premier Sports Cup hopes alive with a 2-0 victory at Firhill against Dumbarton.
Brian Graham’s double either side of half-time means Ian McCall’s Thistle are level on points with second-placed Dunfermline heading into the final Group H matchday.
The game kicked into life on the half-hour mark with chances for both sides. A well-worked corner landed at the feet of Gregor Buchanan but the Dumbarton defender was frustrated as his effort was cleared off the line.
Breaking from the clearance, Thistle worked their own opportunity from a corner. Kevin Holt rose above everyone to head low but couldn’t find the net. Thistle were the team to take the lead on the stroke of half-time. An expertly-chipped cross from Ross MacIver was met by Graham.
He nodded back across goal and into the Dumbarton goal. Graham had another before the hour-mark, firing into the bottom corner from outside the box. Thistle finish their group stage campaign against St Mirren on Sunday while Dumbarton exit the Premier Sports Cup with zero points. Here are three things we learned.
With the fans now slowly but surely returning to games, it was inevitable that there would be a tempo change at games. This game was night and day compared to both encounters from last season, with supporters being the apparent driving force.
Thistle still light
If Partick Thistle want to make it two promotions in succession, they may need to dip into the transfer market. Thistle performed well against Dumbarton but they could still go up a gear or two.
A good mix of youth and experience will stand Dumbarton in good stead for the upcoming season. New signing Sam Muir, most recently a product of the Motherwell youth academy looks to be a great prospect, dealing with the Thistle attack well.
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