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Kilmarnock 2-2 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle missed the chance to leapfrog Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership table as the sides shared four goals at Rugby Park.

Ryan Stevenson gave the visitors a dream start with the opener after just 76 seconds.

Josh Magennis soon levelled for Kilmarnock before Manuel Pascali put the home side in front late on.

That lead was short-lived with Frederic Frans directing the ball past Craig Samson to earn a deserved point.

With St Johnstone dropping points on Friday night, the opportunity was there for both these teams to move closer to the top six.

Thistle came into the game in fine form, having defeated Hamilton handsomely in midweek.

And the early signs were that they were in the mood to build on that 5-0 win, with Stevenson finding the net early with a low shot from 20 yards.

Further evidence came when Kris Doolan - who scored four times against the Accies - headed Kallum Higginbotham's corner into side netting and Stephen O'Donnell drove into the box before testing Samson.

However, as the half wore on, the home side became stronger and Magennis was given time and space to place his low shot past Paul Gallacher.

Manuel Pascali (left) knocks the ball into the net to give Kilmarnock the lead with 11 minutes left.
Manuel Pascali (left) knocks the ball into the net to give Kilmarnock the lead with 11 minutes left.

The second half started at a slow pace, although Thistle's James Craigen shot over from close range under pressure from Samson.

Kilmarnock though they should have been awarded a penalty when Robbie Muirhead hit the deck inside the box, but referee Willie Collum waved away the claims, choosing to stop play only for a head-knock to Frans.

If a goal was coming it always looked more likely to come from the hosts and, after having an earlier goal disallowed, Pascali finally found the net.

A corner landed at the feet of Mark O'Hara, who managed to force the ball through the ruck of players to the waiting Italian, who knocked in from close range.

The lead did not last long, though. Youngster Declan McDaid smacked a volley into the box and Belgian defender Frans got a foot to it to direct the ball into the net.

There was still time for a winner but Higginbotham's long range free-kick was as close as either side came to stealing the points.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 22Westlake
  • 29Pascali
  • 18AshcroftSubstituted forO'Haraat 64'minutes
  • 23Chantler
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Clingan
  • 19Slater
  • 28Magennis
  • 33MuirheadSubstituted forNgooat 88'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forJohnstonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 21Ngoo
  • 26O'Hara
  • 36Syme

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forFraserat 64'minutes
  • 18Osman
  • 7Craigen
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forMcDaidat 76'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forBanniganat 57'minutes
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 6Balatoni
  • 8Bannigan
  • 19Eccleston
  • 22Fraser
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan
  • 40Basalaj
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,130

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 2.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

(Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock).

Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Ngoo replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 2. Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Doolan.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Hand ball by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 1. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Muirhead.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Steven Lawless.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Johnston replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Frederic Frans.

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark O'Hara replaces Lee Ashcroft because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces Christie Elliott because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic22163343123151
2Aberdeen23153537211648
3Inverness CT23152634211347
4Dundee Utd23143646301645
5Hamilton2412393831739
6St Johnstone23103102024-433
7Dundee248883637-132
8Kilmarnock2384112330-728
9Partick Thistle226793227525
10Motherwell2352161545-3017
11St Mirren2443171941-2215
12Ross County2225152044-2411
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