Tunji Akinola’s first goal since swapping West Ham United for Partick Thistle secured the Firhill club’s SPFL Trust Trophy 2-0 win over Stranraer.

The West Ham United academy graduate joined Ian McCall’s side last month and his maiden goal for the Jags sealed a victory over League Two opposition. McCall’s team had chances to double their lead and progression to the third round was secured in stoppage time as Kevin Holt put one into the net.

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The West Ham United academy graduate netted. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Akinola’s goal came after Ross MacIver had a shot blocked from a corner. The versatile defender picked up the loose ball, firing hard into the net. Akinola arrived at Thistle on the advice of West Ham United manager David Moyes and he has shown his potential in the opening three matches in Scotland.

Jamie Sneddon in the Thistle goal was called into action twice in the first half as Stranraer attacked but it was a game in which the away side controlled. MacIver had another couple of chances, as did Connor Murray. Thistle had it in the net towards the end of the match but it was ruled out by officials for an infringement.

 

Holt would end the match in the closing stages as another corner caused Stranraer problems. It was partially cleared and Holt followed up to make sure Partick Thistle would not be surprised by lower league opposition.

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