A multitude of absences owing to illness, injuries and holiday commitments meant that the Jags went into their second league game against Inver with a depleted lineup - so much so that manager Robbie Ross was forced to name himself in the defence, alongside an otherwise regular back line.
Inver, at reasonably full strength, looked decidedly resolute in the first period, thanks in part to sweeper and Thistle turncoat Andknee Murray but it was Thistle's Stainke who had the game's first shot on goal, preying on a loose ball from eight yards out before sending his shot over the fence onto the railway line.
In what proved to be a quiet first half at both ends, neither goalkeeper had a save to make. The sprightly forward pairing of Martin Smith and Russell Ferguson was kept relatively quiet by Ross and Sutherland, as were Goller and Maclellan by the three man defence of Inver.
The gear was stepped up in the second, however. An early scare for Inver saw stopper Macangus fresh-air an aerial catch before the ball cannoned off the post behind him, saving the custodian's blushes. The best chance of the game followed soon after as Kevin Graham headed just wide following the first of many corners.
Decisive decision making from referee Eric Robertson at the other end saw Stephen Wemyss handed a reprieve on the hour mark as he collided with Martin Smith on the edge of the box, before being booked by the Inverness based whistler. Disputes for a penalty were waved away as Inver had taken play forward from an advantage played.
At the other end, Johnston's ever keen and persistent eye for goal saw him test Inver keeper Macangus, after watching his first attempt blocked by the Inver defence. A series of successive corners saw Inver under a prolonged period of pressure towards the end following the introduction of Colin Burry, but a solitary shot from Darran Goller was the only notable strike goalward as time petered out.
With mere seconds left on the clock however, a sleeping Thistle defence left an onrushing Graeme Davis one-on-one with Wemyss, but the Inver man fired with shot wide, much to the relief of the Jags' back line.
Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Ross, Sutherland, Graham, Stainke (Matheson), Durrand, Goller, Maclellan (Burry), D Christie
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