Caley Thistle fell to a 3-1 defeat against Partick Thistle at Firhill, with all the goals coming in the second-half of the match.

Alex Jones, Steven Saunders and Dario Zanatta scored for the home side, James Keatings had equalised with a stunning close-range overhead kick. 

John Robertson named the same side which beat Ayr United last weekend. While, Ian McCall made three changes as Scott Fox, Tam O’Ware and Ryan Williamson came into the side for Jamie Sneddon, Sean McGinty and Tommy Robson. 

The match started in a quick fashion and Caley Thistle had the first real chance of the game as David Carson’s cross from the right side found Storey in the middle and his effort was saved by Fox.

Mark Ridgers was called into acton after 10 minutes on the clock, the Caley Thistle keeper had to be alert to tip Reece Cole’s free-kick over the bar and behind for a corner. 

Shaun Rooney produced some fine play down the right side but his cross was a bit too high for Tremarco, who saw his looping header caught by Scott Fox. 

Caley Thistle would continue to attack that right hand side as after 23 minutes, Miles Storey went on a fantastic run down the right flank and his cross was met by Jordan White in the middle but the striker’s header was over the bar. 

There was a big moment in the match after 34 minutes, Jordan White went down in the box under the challenge of Tam O’Ware but the referee judged it to be an act of simulation by White and he was booked. The decision looked extremely harsh on the Caley Thistle striker. ICTFC Manager John Robertson was also booked for his protests about the decision. 

The home side took the lead early into the second-half, Alex Jones was played clean through by Reece Cole and he made no mistake as he slotted past Mark Ridgers. 

Caley Thistle looked for a response and almost were level straight away as James Keatings’ free-kick found Jamie McCart in the middle but his effort was held by Scott Fox. 

After 53 minutes on the clock, Caley Thistle continued to press for an equaliser but Mark Ridgers had to be alert at the other end  as he saved Reece Cole’s effort from around 20 yards. 

Caley Thistle did get level with 57 minutes played, Aaron Doran’s corner was turned in by a sublime overhead kick by James Keatings from close range to level the game with his fourth goal of the season. 

The Caley Jags weren’t level for long though as Partick Thistle took the lead again after 64 minutes, Steven Saunders finished from close range after Reece Cole’s corner found its way into his path. 

After 73 minutes, Keatings saw a free-kick from about 25 yards turned behind for a corner by Scott Fox. The Caley Thistle goalscorer took the resulting corner and Shaun Rooney headed just wide of the post. 

John Robertson made a triple substitution after 83 minutes as Carl Tremarco, Jordan White and Aaron Doran were replaced by Cameron Harper, Nikolay Todorov and Mitch Curry.

Mark Ridgers made a fine save late on as he denied Osman Kakay from close range. 

In added time, Charlie Trafford met James Keatings’ corner in the middle and his header was inches wide of the post.

Partick Thistle sealed all three points in added time, with the Caley Jags throwing everything at the match, Gary Harkins played the substitute Dario Zanatta through on goal and he rolled the ball in from a tight angle, past an onrushing Mark Ridgers, to make it 3-1.

PTFC: Fox, Williamson, Kakay, Saunders, O’Ware, Penrice, Cardle (Zanatta 58’), Bannigan, Cole, Williamson, Jones (Harkins 72’), Miller (Palmer 86’)

ICTFC: Ridgers, Rooney, Donaldson, McCart, Tremarco (Harper 83’), Trafford, Carson, Doran (Curry 83’), Storey, Keatings, White (Todorov 83’) 

Attendance: 2,144 

James Keatings’ goal

John Robertson’s reaction

Post-Match: John Robertson – Partick Thistle 3-1 ICTFC

🎙️ICTFC Boss John Robertson gives his thoughts on yesterday's game against Partick Thistle

Gepostet von Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC am Sonntag, 15. Dezember 2019