16 Jan Harkins Dee day
PATRICK THISTLE 2 – 4 DUNDEE
Paul Hartley’s Dundee side climbed into the Premiership’s top six with an emphatic display and victory at Firhill.
Dens Park skipper Gary Harkins was the tormentor in chief to the Jags – providing two goals and two assists.
The opening goal came on only seven minutes after Harkins was fouled in the box by Liam Lindsay – leaving referee Euan Anderson no option but to point to the spot.
Kane Hemmings drilled the penalty into the net.
The Dee double their lead three minutes later when Harkins took advantage of a poor punch by Thistle keeper, Tomas Cerny, and rolled the ball into the net.
Five minutes later and it was 3-0 when Harkins released Greg Stewart down the right hand channel before the young striker cut in the pitch onto his favoured left foot and curled a beautiful shot around Cerny and into the net.
Within a minute of that Paul McGowan almost made it four but his shot was saved by Cerny and then Hemmings struck a post with a strong drive.
Thistle eventually got into the game and grabbed a goal back on 23 minutes when David Amoo headed home from close range.
Any hopes the Jags’ fans had of a comeback were extinguished however on 37 minutes when Harkins collected the ball 20 yards out and curled a wonderful right foot shot into Cerny’s top left-hand corner.
The second half was pretty much a non-event with few chances and little incident although Thistle’s Liam Lindsay saw red when he was shown a second yellow card on 77 minutes.
Kris Doolan grabbed a late consolation in the dying seconds for The Jags when he was first to react in the box after Scott Bain couldn’t hold a Callum Booth effort.
Dundee manager Paul Hartley was delighted with his side’s performance and talked about how his players had executed their game plan perfectly.
Thistle’s Alan Archibald said that second-half substitute Christie Elliot’s return from injury was the only positive he could take from the 90 minutes.