Better late than never for Tollcross Thistle

Tollcross Thistle dug out the result they needed
Tollcross Thistle dug out the result they needed
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Tollcross Thistle left it late in their Premier Division encounter with South Gyle, securing a 3-1 win in at Saughton Enclosure thanks to goals from Kyle Hay and Michael Yuill.

Thistle enjoyed an explosive start to the game as they quickly fired in an opening goal with Gyle wondering what had hit them. With barely three minutes gone Pieyam Khosrowpour struck his second goal in two games for his new club, jinking past one defender’s challenge before firing in from the edge of the 18-yard box.

The blistering start had caught Gyle off guard but by the 20th minute they had begun to make inroads into the league encounter. With their first real meaningful attack they managed to find an equaliser. A hopeful forward ball from deep picked out Johnnie Niven and he held off the challenge of Faron Gribben to find the far corner.

Gyle almost found a second a minute later to turn the game on its head. Neill Ross played the ball in from the right to Ross Allan but he couldn’t find the target from close range.

As the first half drew to a close, Thistle ended strongly and they could have gone in at the break with a lead. Sean Mossman played a pinpoint cross to Khosrowpour at the back post but he was denied by a good stop from Peter Flannigan in the Gyle goal.

After the restart neither side could really impose themselves in the final third as the game looked to peter out as a draw. But in the space of a minute the game sparked into life with both sides coming mighty close to a winning goal.

Niven found a way through in behind with the Tollcross defence standing still appealing for offside. Fortunately for them keeper John Nisbet was alert to the threat and he stuck out a leg to deny the striker. Immediately, Thistle countered and Khosrowpour was picked out with a ball over the top, but his volleyed effort sailed over the bar.

With 12 minutes to go the game hinged on the referee’s decision. Michael Yuill burst into the box from the left flank and was caught by Peter Burt. The man with the whistle didn’t hesitate in awarding Tollcross a penalty. Kyle Hay stepped up to take it and he found the bottom left corner to give his side a 2-1 lead.

With their tails up Thistle then went and made sure of the points with six minutes remaining as they found a third of the afternoon. Substitute Scott Millar made a break down the right hand side before teeing up Khosrowpour in the middle. The No.9 then played the ball to Yuill and he drilled a shot into the bottom right corner to ensure his side would be taking the points.

New signing Khosrowpour spoke of his delight after his side grabbed the points at the death.

“I’m chuffed with the result because that’s the best team we’ve faced so far. South Gyle are a good team and we had to be at our best to get the win.

“It was nice to be back amongst the goals but more importantly nice for the team to get the win. There’s some good lads here and we can hopefully have some success this season.”

Tollcross Thistle: John Nisbet, Sean Mossman, Greig Hogarth, Rees Allan, Faron Gribben, Calib Paterson, Patrick Bonthorne, Kyle Hay, Pieyam Khosrowpour, Michael Yuill, Stefan Hay, Scott Millar, John Gilbertson, Graham Nisbet

South Gyle AFC: Ross Alexander, Ross Allan, Dean Anderson, Peter Burt, Dean Clements, Andrew Easton, Peter Flannigan, Sean Mcallister, Keith McIntyre, Johnnie Niven, Scott Riddell, David Robertson, Craig Ross, Neil Ross