Jags pick up a point away to Fife outfit

Following last week’s emphatic win at home to Forfar Albion a small Thistle squad travelled to Fife to face high flying Kennoway Star Hearts.

The Budgies started the better and went one up on Kirrie after five minutes when Craig crossed to Brand, via a box scramble, and the winger volleyed in with help of a deflection.

The opening exchanges saw Thistle work extremely hard to counteract the free flowing Kennoway side.

Craig for the home side had their next chance but his goalbound shot was brilliantly blocked by skipper Robbie George. Thistle almost grabbed an equaliser from a Muckersie cross which was head inches over by a trialist.

Kirrie brought on Stewart Russell in the second half for their trialist, but Kennoway again started fast.

The game was thrown wide open when skipper George equalised with a spectacular free kick from fully 60 yards out.

After spotting keeper Small off his line the centre half fired his strike goalwards and with aid of the wind it flew into the back of the net for his fourth of the campaign.

The hosts were awarded a penalty mid way through the half when Simpson was tripped by George in the box, however when he stepped up his tame effort was easily saved by Knox.

Kirrie began to step up the pressure and almost went in front through Muckersie’s powerful drive from 22 yards. And then a minute later from exactly the same position, after receiving the ball from Headridge, Muckersie found the back of the net with an impressive rising effort that flew into the side of the goal.

The striker’s eighth of the season and arguably the best of the lot.

The frontman almost got his second when sent through one on one but Small pulled off a good save to deny.

Kennoway began to throw everything forward in an attempt to keep their promotion ambitions on course and won a corner.

Thistle will be bitterly disappointed that they could not hold onto the three points with Brewster nodding in for the hosts but a point against difficult oppositions shows a large degree of progress.

Midfielder Ogg collected his third red of the season in the closing stages for a lunge on Lornie but Thistle managed to keep things tight and see out the game with Knox keeping a Byers header out in the last minute.

Fixtures

Thistle face Kirkcaldy YM at home on Saturday whilst Kennoway have a free week.