Ian McCall and Partick Thistle dedicated their victory over Morton to the late club owner and lifelong Jags fan Colin Weir, who died on Friday after a short illness.
The EuroMillions winner invested a huge amount of money into the club and will be sadly missed.
Ian McCall said: “I didn’t want to be sycophantic in the team talk but I mentioned Colin and that was for him and everything he has done for this football club. He has done an awful lot of things for other people as well. It is a great three points and we dedicate them to Colin.
Talking about the impact Weir has made at Firhill, McCall said:” I only met him for the first time three weeks ago so I don’t want to say too much, but we are really sad about his passing and it has hit a lot of the directors really hard. It wasn’t easy today, but the players responded really well and got the three points.
The Jags couldn’t have got of to a better start as they took an early lead, when Osman Kakay’s cross from the right-hand side was slammed home by Alex Jones from 8-yards out.
After dominating the early exchanges, Scott Fox nearly gifted Morton a route back into the game when he decided to try and flick the ball up and clear it, but ended up making a mess of the clearance and the ball fell to John Sutton, who looked certain to equalise until the Thistle keeper made a good recovery to block the effort.
On the half-hour mark, the Ton were awarded a penalty after Reece Cole was adjudged to have committed a foul on Reece Lyon. Kyle Jacobs stepped up and sent Fox the wrong way to make it level.
Kakay had two good chances to help Thistle regain their lead before the break. Firstly, when he headed a teasing James Penrice cross wide and then secondly when his effort from just outside the box hit the post.
The winner came on the 61st minute through ex-Morton man Thomas O’Ware. A free-kick found the central defender, who’s flick at goal was superbly turned about for a corner by Danny Rodgers, but from the resulting corner he was left unmarked again and made no mistake this time as he fired home at the front-post.
David Hopkin tried to change it up as the home fans were beginning to get a little restless. The closest they came to equalising was when Robbie Muirhead got on the end of a cross, but his diving header was saved.
Full Time- Morton 1-2 Partick Thistle
Ian McCall: “It would have been a travesty if we hadn’t won it. It was never a penalty kick. It was just a poor decision, but I probably made about five of them today. We should have made it more comfortable, but it is a great three points, especially since their home record is so good”
David Hopkin: “I’m disappointed as it’s two sloppy goals. We seem to shoot ourselves in the foot every week. We created numerous chances, but I would have taken a point as it was heading for a 1-1 draw. Nobody is cutting us open and its individual errors which are costing us.”
I thought Thistle were well worthy of their win yesterday. They were the side that tried to win and played some good football, unlike Morton who punted long aimless balls towards John Sutton all afternoon. I can’t agree with David Hopkin, who said his side created numerous chances as the only two memorable pieces of goalmouth action was the mistake by Scott Fox and the penalty, which looked very soft.
I think a lot of work will need to be done at Cappielow in the January transfer window if they want to avoid the drop this season.
Rodgers, Welsh, Grant(67), Jacobs, McAlister, Nesbitt, Lyon, Cadden, Sutton(76), Livingstone(62), Baird
Subs- Ramsbottom, Millar, Muirhead(67), Orsi, Strapp(62), Blues, Colville(76)
Partick Thistle Xi
Fox, Williamson, Penrice, O’Ware, Cardle(72), Bannigan, Miller, Jones(83), Cole(88), Kakay, Saunders
Subs- Sneddon, McGinty, Harkins(83), Palmer(88), Slater, Zanatta(72), Robson
Goals- Jones(5), Jacobs(30), O’Ware(61)
Yellow Cards- Cole(29), Cardle(30), Fox(90)
Red Cards- NA