Irn Bru Cup


MATCH PREVIEW: Nomads head north for Jags challenge

Partick ThistlevsConnah's Quay Nomads

Partick Thistle vs Connah's Quay Nomads
Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Cup
Saturday 12th October 2019 | 5:15pm
The Energy Check Stadium at Firhill, Glasgow

Saturday evening will see Connah's Quay Nomads head north of the border to face Partick Thistle in the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup.

Cup Route
The Nomads reached this stage of the competition thanks to a 1-0 victory over Cove Rangers in the third round in early September. It was a game which saw The Nomads come away with the slender victory thanks to Michael Bakare's second-half free kick.

The Jags entered the competition in the same round and defeated Montrose 2-0 at Links Park thanks to goals from Joe Cardle and Kenny Miller.

About Partick Thistle
Partick currently sit at the bottom of the Scottish Championship, having won just one of their opening eight games in the league - a run which saw Gary Caldwell lose his job in mid-September with Ian McCall returning to the club for a second spell as manager, having previously left in 2011.

Last Season
As we all remember, The Nomads historically became the first non-Scottish team to reach the Challenge Cup Final against Ross County last March, but Partick Thistle were knocked out in the second round by East Fife 2-1, so have already gone one better this season.

What the manager says
Ahead of the trip to Scotland, Andy Morrison said; "Having reached the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup last year, we were this year's last 16 with a very tough game away at Partick Thistle. Although not getting off to a great start in the league, Partick were one of the favourites for promotion from the Scottish Championship this season and the squad certainly has the quality to achieve that.

With a new manager in place, this again adds to the expectations on the club and having watched them at close hand and viewed their last three games, we know the task at hand.

I don't think there can be an element of surprise as our run last season and the two-legged victory over Kilmarnock has shown we can compete against anyone."

The match will be covered as always by our live Twitter feed and our colleague from S4C will also be making the journey to Scotland to live broadcast the game.

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Airdrieonians vs Elgin City
Raith Rovers vs Glenavon
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle vs Alloa Athletic
Solihull Moors vs Rangers U21