It was to be a Shaky start for the Champions as visitors Queen’s pressured early on. The party atmosphere was to be short lived as the Doonhamers took the lead just 10 minutes in through a moment of magic. Cutting in from the left, Wullie Gibson unleashed a venomous strike. The movement proved too much for Jamie Sneddon as it nestled into the top right corner.
Within minutes, the Jags were level. Zak Rudden latched onto a neat through ball from Stuart Bannigan on the byline. His looping cross was met at the back post by a towering Brian Graham, heading into the roof of the net.
In the 20th minute, Queen’s Ally Roy had the chance to silence the noisy home fans on his return to Firhill. Free on the break with the goal at his mercy, the in-form striker was denied with a strong save from feet of Jamie Sneddon.
Half-way through the first half there was a moment of controversy. Queen’s manager Allan Johnston was ordered to watch the remainder of the game from the stands by referee Greg Aitken. Later addressing the refusal was for ‘stepping on the pitch’.
15 minutes before the break the home side had themselves in front. Rudden again floating a ball from the left, this time onto the head of Ciaran McKenna. His header was tipped onto the post, however, to no surprise, Graham was on hand to pounce, dispatching into an empty net for his sixth goal of the season.
Just before half time there was a scare for the home side. The visitors had the ball in the net after Paul McKay met Gibson’s free kick. However, a foul was awarded on the scorer as the Queen’s players celebrated.
Shortly after half time the Doonhamers failed to take advantage of a defensive mishap. Steven Bell’s Short pass back led to a 50/50 between Sneddon and Connelly. Latching onto the rebound, Roy failed to capitalise, placing a trundling effort into the arms of the relieved Jag’s keeper.
Five minutes later it was Thistle’s turn to have a goal ruled out controversially. Kyle Turner’s volley inside the six yard box looked to have the Jags in the lead but after consultation with the Linesman, Graham was adjudged to have returned the ball from out of play much to the dismay of the 1,500 celebrating home fans.
Soon after the away side took full advantage and were deservedly level. Ruari Paton latched onto an out swinging corner, looping a curling header over the Jag’s defence into the top corner, wheeling away to celebrate in-front of the thistle fans behind the goal.
However, in a late throw of the dice, Thistle would have the last laugh. Last season’s hero Scott Tiffoney sent the stands into raptures with a goal five minutes from time. Free in the six-yard box, the substitute made no mistake, volleying home under the legs of the hopeless Joshua Rae.
With five minutes to go the Jags limited the visitors, running down the clock down to get their first Championship win since 28th December 2019 in a 2-1 win v Morton, finishing the day top of the table.
Man of the match – Brian Graham
Right place at the right time seems to be Graham’s norm and this continued at Firhill this afternoon with two well-taken goals. Running himself into the ground, there looks to be another level of fitness about the talisman as he looks to play a key role in Thistle’s promotion push this season.
Brian Graham is a name every Scottish football fanatic will know. Making himself known for over a decade in the Scottish league’s with his goal-scoring abilities across the country, the 33-year-old is showing no signs of stopping. Since his arrival the striker has scored 20 goals in 36 games including six this season, proving he is still on his A-game.