Spartans performed admirably to emerge victorious against a Partick Thistle side, who struggled all afternoon to break down the resilient Spartans back line. Spartans this afternoon were the perfect example of how to play counter attacking football, soaking up pressure and switching the flow of play instantly forcing their opponents onto the back foot.
The frantic start this Scottish Youth Cup tie experienced told of the thrilling 90 minutes that were to unfold. An early chance fell to Christopher Dillon who found himself through on goal yet his shot was too central and was easily pounced upon by Spartans goalkeeper Blair Carswell.
Spartans then had a chance of their own and capitalised. Sean Stewart played in George Hunter at the edge of the box and poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to give the home side the lead.
Partick Thistle responded well though and after a string of good play incorporating 20 or so passes, the resulting shot just inside the box was pulled wide.
A long spell of Partick Thistle pressure followed but with all the possession they had Thistle were finding it hard to create any clear goal scoring chances. Any foray forward from Partick Thistle quickly broke down due to the stalwart defending of Spartans’ back line.
In the 27th minute a cut back from Dominic Docherty at the bi-line found Simon Colina but he sent his shot flying over the bar.
Any chance missed from Partick Thistle proved to be costly as several minutes later Spartans got their second. It was almost a carbon copy of the first except this time it was Blair Atkinson who fed the ball into the path of Hunter who managed to keep a cool head to slot passed the keeper Marc Waters.
Partick Thistle looked to respond instantly and a thunderous shot was tipped over the bar by Spartans’ number one.
However Thistle were to rue another missed opportunity as, to the delight of the home support in the stand, Spartans broke up the other end and were awarded a penalty due to a handball inside the area.
Hunter stepped up and slotted the ball inside the right hand post to complete his first half hat-trick minutes before the break.