Thistle rue missed chances and suffer another defeat

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Kirrie Thistle suffered yet another loss in a disappointing 2014, Bathgate the opponents in a 2-0 defeat.

Having lost talisman James Russell to league rivals Broughty, Thistle brought in new signing Kasim Urek right into the staring XI.

The away side started brightly creating a few half chances whilst playing some nice football but failed 
to convert any.

Bathgate responded to the pressure with Lurinsky running in at goal and firing a shot out off the post then from the corner Jack trying a volley which went into Stewart’s hands.

Lurinsky threatened again midway through the half, squeezing the ball past the out coming Stewart but just past the post.

Kirrie should have taken the lead on 40 minutes, however a punt up field by Stewart flicked on by Urek to Barclay. The lone striker rounded the keeper but after being forced wide to the byline could 
not find the target.

Kirrie were made to pay for this in a disastrous three-minute spell in which they lost two goals.

The first after Swan was played down the wing, rounded the hesitant Stewart and hit the post allowing Lurinsky to grab his 

Then Lurinsky got his second, heading in from six yards after a Watson flick on.

After a roasting at half time Thistle came out firing, again creating a number of half chances.

The team from Angus almost fell further ahead but Byle failed to keep his half volley on target. Bathgate were reduced to 10men on 67 minutes, their captain Baird being shown red for his second yellow.

Kasim Urek had a chance to pull a goal back minutes after but after showing good technical ability he could only find the keeper’s 

Thistle brought on Stark and Kettles to try to get back in the game but on 90+5 minutes they were also reduced to 10. Kirrie man of the match Urek being shown his second yellow for a late challenge on Coyle.