Partick Thistle Youth (U-18s) Season 2023-24
Thistle Weir Youth Academy
2023-24 (Youth - Under 18s)
The eleventh season of the Thistle Weir Youth Academy (re-branded as the 'Partick Thistle Youth Academy' on 2 Feb 2024)
scorers in CAPS
1. Thu-06-Jul-2023 [a] L1-8 Rangers (Friendly)
4.00pm, Auchenhowie. HORN.
2. Sun-16-Jul-2023 [h] W9-1 Falkirk (Friendly)
10.00am, Petershill Park. HORN (4), McGINLAY (3), LOCKHART, OGYBESTAN. The latter (Rhys) was a trialist.
3. Wed-19-Jul-2023 [a] L1-5 Hamilton Academical (Friendly)
Evening kick-off. HORN.
4. Sat-29-Jul-2023 [a] W3-1 Alloa Athletic (Friendly)
Evening kick-off. GAUGHAN, LOW, LOCKHART. Both Gaughan and Low played as trialists.
5. Fri-04-Aug-2023 [a] L3-5 Ross County (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 1)
2.00pm, Highland Football Academy. Storey, Corr, Trialist, McEwan, Trialist, CAMPBELL, Falconer, McKenna, HORN, DUNBAR, Ferrie. Listed subs: Trialist, Trialist, O'Donnell, Lockhart, Loney. Dunbar played as a trialist.
6. Fri-11-Aug-2023 [h] L1-2 Ayr United (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 2)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Storey, Corr, Low, Monaghan, Trialist, Campbell, McGinlay, Falconer, Horn, DUNBAR, McKenna. Listed subs: Cameron, Johnston, McEwan, O'Donnell, Ferrie, Loney. Dunbar played as a trialist.
7. Fri-18-Aug-2023 [a] L0-4 Queen's Park (Friendly)
6.00pm, Lochinch Sports Complex.
8. Fri-25-Aug-2023 [a] W4-3 Greenock Morton (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 3)
7.30pm, Parklea. Storey, Monaghan, Ferrie, McEwan, Dunbar, CAMPBELL, McGINLAY, Falconer, HORN, GAUGHAN, McKenna. Listed subs: Johnston, Corr, O'Donnell, Lockhart, Low, Loney.
In an excellent first half, goals from Campbell and Gaughan (incorrectly tweeted as 'Monaghan') had Thistle 2-1 ahead at the break. A 97th minute winner secured a thrilling 3 points for the young Jags.
9. Fri-01-Sep-2023 [h] D3-3 Dundee (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 4)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Storey, Monaghan, Ferrie, McEwan, Trialist, Campbell, McGINLAY, FALCONER, HORN, Gaughan, McKenna. Listed subs: Johnston, Corr, O'Donnell, Lockhart, Low, Loney, McFadden. The final game for one of the much-loved physios, Claire Balloch, who left after 9½ years with the Academy for family reasons.
Points were shared at the final whistle after an excellent come back in the second half.
10. Fri-08-Sep-2023 [a] L0-3 St Johnstone (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 5)
7.15pm, McDiarmid Park. Storey, McFadden, Ferrie, Monaghan, Dunbar, Campbell, McGinlay, Falconer, Loney, Gaughan, McKenna. Listed subs: Cameron, Johnston, Waddell, Lockhart, O'Donnell.
A resilient team performance from the young Jags wasn’t enough to secure points from the current champions.
11. Fri-15-Sep-2023 [a] W3-1 Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale (Scottish Youth Cup 2nd Round)
7.30pm, Saughton Enclosure. Cameron, McFADDEN, Ferrie, Monaghan, Waddell, Lockhart, McGinlay, FALCONER, LONEY, Gaughan, O'Donnell. Listed subs: Storey, Miller, Low, McKenna, Johnston, Corr.
12. Fri-29-Sep-2023 [a] L0-3 Dunfermline Athletic (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 6)
7.00pm, Recreation Park.
13. Fri-06-Oct-2023 [a] L1-2 Livingston (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 7)
7.45pm, Almondvale Stadium. GAUGHAN.
14. Fri-13-Oct-2023 [h] W8-0 Dunipace (Scottish Youth Cup 3rd Round)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Cameron, McFadden, Low, McEwan, Miller, Johnston, McGinlay, Falconer, LONEY (2), TURAY (4), McKenna. Listed subs: Storey, Rooney, Waddell, GAUGHAN, O'Donnell, DOCHERTY. Last game under Craig Dargo, who is becoming the new Academy director.
15. Fri-27-Oct-2023 [h] W3-1 Ross County (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 8)
5.00pm, Petershill Park. Storey, McFadden, Ferrie, Monaghan, McEwan, Lockhart, O'Donnell, Falconer, LONEY, McKENNA, Gaughan. Listed subs: Cameron, JOHNSTON, Miller, Low, Horn. First game under new head coach, Mark Wilson, appointed the day before.
16. Fri-03-Nov-2023 [a] L1-3 Ayr United (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 9)
6.00pm, Riverside Sports Arena. Cameron, McFadden, Ferrie, Johnston, McEwan, Falconer, McGinlay, McKenna, Loney, HORN, Gaughan. Listed subs: Storey, Miller, Low, O'Donnell, Lockhart, Docherty.
17. Fri-10-Nov-2023 [h] L0-2 Greenock Morton (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 10)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Storey, Johnston, Ferrie, McEwan, Miller, McKenna, McGinlay, Falconer, Loney, Horn, Gaughan. Listed subs: Hamilton, Low, Waddell, Lockhart, Docherty.
18. Fri-17-Nov-2023 [a] D0-0 Dundee (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 11)
7.30pm, Caird Park. Cameron, Corr, Ferrie, Johnston, Monaghan, Lockhart, McGinlay, Falconer, Horn, O'Donnell, Gaughan. Listed subs: Storey, Low, McEwan, Miller, McKenna, Loney.
19. Fri-24-Nov-2023 [a] W4-1 Montrose (Scottish Youth Cup 4th Round)
7.00pm, Links Park. Cameron, Corr, Ferrie, Monaghan, McEwan, McKenna, McGINLAY, Falconer, Loney, TURAY (3), Gaughan. Listed subs: Storey, Low, Lockhart, O'Donnell, Horn.
A first-half hat-trick from Sallu Turay always had Thistle in control of Celtic's 3rd Round conquerors. Horn came on for Turay at half-time and two goals early in the half (one for each side) maintained the status quo 'til the end.
20. Fri-01-Dec-2023 [h] L2-3 St Johnstone (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 12)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Cameron, CORR, Low, Waddell, Dolan, Lockhart, McGinley, O'Donnell, Horn, TURAY, Gaughan. Listed subs: Storey, Monaghan, Falconer, Docherty, McKenna, Loney.
The last match of the year ahead of the winter break was played in sub-zero temperatures. The young Jags retired 2-1 to the good at half-time against the league champions, but lost what was a hard fought battle in the end.
21. Fri-12-Jan-2024 [h] W4-0 Scottish Schools (Friendly)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. CAMPBELL (2), HORN (2).
Ché Campbell was finally back after an ankle break in September, and the captain returned with two goals, the rehab paying off. An excellent team performance.
22. Fri-26-Jan-2024 [a] L1-5 Ayr United (Scottish Youth Cup Quarter Final)
2.00pm, Townhead Park. Cameron, Ferrie, Low, Monaghan, McEwan, Lockhart, Loney, Falconer, Horn, CAMPBELL, Gaughan. Listed subs: Storey, Johnston, Corr, O'Donnell, McKenna.
A grim afternoon in Cumnock. With top prospect McGinley having departed suddenly and top scorer Turay being out injured, the build-up to the big cup tie was not ideal. Two penalties, two poor errors and a free kick had Ayr on easy street; Ché Campbell's goal was merely a consolation later in the second half.
23. Fri-02-Feb-2024 [a] D2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 13)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Following the official announcement earlier in the day, this was the first game under the 'Partick Thistle Youth Academy' banner, re-branded from the 'Thistle Weir Youth Academy'. Storey, Corr, Ferrie, Johnston, McEwan, Lockhart, Horn, Falconer, Loney, Campbell, McKENNA (2). Listed subs: Harkins, Low, Monaghan, O'Donnell, Gaughan.
On a windy night at Peasy, Thistle came from behind twice with goals from McKenna (10, 40), assisted by Horn and Loney. Came close to a winner a few times in the second half, but it wasn't to be.
24. Fri-09-Feb-2024 [a] L0-1 Livingston (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 14)
7.45pm, Almondvale Stadium.
25. Fri-16-Feb-2024 [a] W3-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 15)
3.00pm, Highland Football Academy. Storey, Ferrie, Low, Johnston, Waddell, LOCKHART (2), Turay, Falconer, LONEY, Campbell, McKenna. Listed subs: Cameron, Monaghan, Corr, Gaughan, Horn, McFadden.
It was a comfortable 3 points in the end, but Thistle had to come from behind to win with goals from Loney (33) and a brace from Lockhart (38, 63).
26. Fri-23-Feb-2024 [a] W4-2 Ross County (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 16)
1.30pm, Highland Football Academy. Cameron, Corr, Low, Johnston, Waddell, Lockhart, Gaughan, Falconer, LONEY (2), CAMPBELL, McKenna. Listed subs: Storey, Monaghan, McFadden, HORN.
27. Fri-01-Mar-2024 [h] D1-1 Queen's Park (Friendly)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. CAMPBELL.
It was a goal-less first half in which QP struck woodwork twice and Loney had two good chances for Thistle. Monaghan, McEwan & Low replaced Johnston, Waddle & McFadden during the second half. A crisp finish put QP ahead (62). Loney's strength created the opening for Ché Campbell to rifle the ball low into the net (75). Thistle finished strongly but couldn't find a winner.
28. Fri-08-Mar-2024 [h] W3-2 Ayr United (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 17)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Cameron, McFadden, Low, Johnston, Waddell, McEwan, HORN (3), Falconer, Loney, Campbell, Lockhart. Listed subs: Storey, Corr, O' Donnell, Gaughan, Docherty.
Horn put Thistle ahead (low shot into the net, 16) before Ayr equalised from the spot (23). The visitors further profited from a slip (31) before a belter from Horn (35) equalised matters. He then converted at the back post from a corner (39) for a stunning first-half hat-trick, which also proved to be the match-winner.
29. Fri-15-Mar-2024 [a] L0-2 Greenock Morton (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 18)
7.30pm, Parklea.
30. Fri-22-Mar-2024 [h] W3-2 Dundee (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 19)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Cameron, Ferrie, Low, Johnston, Waddell, Monaghan, GAUGHAN, Falconer, MacKay, McFadden, LOCKHART. Listed subs: Storey, Corr, McKenna, O'Donnell, Docherty, Braid. 1 x OG.
It was a mixed bag of a first half in which some scintillating play was offset against a few defensive hiccups and 4 goals were shared, Lockhart and Gaughan counting for the Jags. A second half own goal secured a hard-earned 3 points on a wet and windy night at Peasy. Good result without Campbell, Horn & Loney.
31. Fri-29-Mar-2024 [a] L1-2 St Johnstone (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 20)
4.00pm, McDiarmid Park. Storey, McFadden, Ferrie, Johnston, Waddell, Monaghan, GAUGHAN, Falconer, Loney, Lockhart, McKenna. Listed subs: Cameron, Corr, Low, O'Donnell, Docherty, MacKay.
A good game against the league leaders in Perth, and Thistle unlucky not to come away with a point. Ceiran Loney got 45 minutes back under his belt, following on from his training stint at Brighton last week. Gaughan made it two in two games early in the second half, but the home side hit back with two in quick succession to stretch their lead at the top.
32. Fri-12-Apr-2024 [h] W2-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 21)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. GAUGHAN, McFADDEN.
Ryan Gaughan - son of former Jag Kevin - becomes the first U18s player since Thomas Horn (May 2023) to score in a third consecutive competitive game. A last-minute winner from young James McFadden secures three points for Thistle!
33. Fri-19-Apr-2024 [a] D2-2 Dunfermline Athletic (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 22)
7:30pm, Dalgety Bay Sports Centre. FALCONER, CAMPBELL.
Thistle fell two behind against an intense Dunfermline side, but thanks to Falconer and Campbell were level at the break, and went on to resist a strong second half performance from the home team.
34. Fri-26-Apr-2024 [h] W3-2 Livingston (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 23)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. Storey, Corrie, LOW, Johnston, McEwan, Lockhart, GAUGHAN, FALCONER, Loney, McFadden, McKenna. Listed subs: Cameron, Monaghan, Ferrie, MacKay.
A scrappy but hard-fought 90 minutes. First-half goals from Low and Falconer ensured parity at the break. Subs made a difference in the second half, and Gaughan found a late winner, sparking great celebrations in the home camp.
35. Fri-10-May-2024 [h] D1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (CAS Performance U-18s League - game 24)
6.00pm, Petershill Park. GAUGHAN. A match somewhat overshadowed on the night by a certain play-off tie in Maryhill! Having scored in 5 of the last 6 matches, Gaughan rises to finish joint-top scorer (8) with Horn and Turay.
In glorious sunshine at Peasy, a first half goal from Ryan Gaughan was cancelled out by a second half equaliser from Inverness. A draw was probably a fair result all things considered, as both sides had good chances to get the win. A decent performance to end the season.
2023-24 Youth (U-18s) summary notes

P35 W14 D6 L15 (1.371 ppg)

  • The points-per-game measurements (ppg) above are calculated on the same principle as the first-team's all games category, and are based on 1 point for a draw and 3 points for a win across all eras.
  • Each of the 9 league clubs played each other 3 times for a 24-game season.

see also:
2023-24 (Scottish Youth Cup) →
2023-24 (first-team) →
2023-24 (reserves) →
2023-24 (women) →


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