Ten men Caley Thistle held on to earn all three points against Partick Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium in another happy Friday night.

Nathan Shaw’s close range finish from Jay Henderson’s superb delivery proved to be enough for the win but Caley Thistle were forced to dig in after Sean Welsh was shown a straight red card early in the second-half.

In a scrappy first half, Robbie Deas saw his snapshot saved by Partick Thistle keeper David Mitchell after 16 minutes.

Mark Ridgers was called into action as he produced a fantastic save to tip Brian Graham shot wide.

Ridgers was again called into action late on in the first-half as he denied Scott Tiffoney from close range to keep the scores level at the break.

Caley Thistle started the second-half strongly and had the lead after 50 minutes. Jay Henderson did well and he won the ball and drove forward and his superb low cross was pinpoint to find Nathan Shaw at the back-post and he finished past David Mitchell for his 6th goal of the season.

Caley Thistle went down to ten men just five minutes later. Captain Sean Welsh was shown a straight red card by the referee for a challenge on Scott Tiffoney. Head Coach Billy Dodds confirmed post-match that the club will appeal the decision.

Caley Thistle had to dig in for the remaining time left in the second-half. Mark Ridgers produce some fine goalkeeping collecting crosses and holding shots comfortably.

Lewis Hyde had a chance for his first goal for the club as he met Jay Henderson’s cross in the box but his header was over the bar.

After 77 minutes, Ridgers had to be alert as he turned a powerful effort from Brian Graham over the bar as the visitors kept pushing for an equaliser.

Caley Thistle held on to secure a big three points.