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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 0-2 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle secured their place in the Scottish Premiership and consigned Kilmarnock to 11th place and a play-off tie against Hibernian or Falkirk.

Steven Lawless fired the visitors ahead with a long-range effort against the run of play at Rugby Park.

Kris Doolan doubled the lead in the second half.

Kilmarnock had a strong claim for a penalty waved away when Kris Boyd was pulled back in the box before Thistle scored, but it wasn't to be their day.

The frenetic start provided evidence of the importance of this match for both sides.

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But, with the home side fighting to scramble out of the play-off spot, it was they who pushed on early looking for the breakthrough.

Miles Addison, Boyd and Greg Kiltie all spurned decent opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

However, as Thistle rode the storm, they started to look more assured in possession.

David Amoo could have put the Jags ahead on 15 minutes, but the midfielder's close-range header was directed straight at goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The English midfielder took a bad head knock in the process and was replaced shortly after with Christie Elliot.

Disappointed Kilmarnock players
Kilmarnock players were left disappointed at the final whistle

The possession pendulum started to swing back the home side's way and goalkeeper Ryan Scully scurried to tip a long-range Josh Magennis effort round the post,

Kilmarnock should have been awarded a penalty.

Boyd burst through on goal and defender Gary Miller grabbed his shirt, but instead of blowing for a penalty, referee Andrew Dallas shook his head and waved play on.

The home side were still feeling aggrieved when Thistle took the lead.

Kilmarnock failed to clear a corner and, when the ball fell to Lawless, the winger blasted the ball left-footed low past Jamie McDonald from 20 yards out.

There was an air of desperation about Kilmarnock in the second half, but as they pushed and pushed they were punished by Thistle's top striker, Kris Doolan, who doubled the visitors lead just after the hour.

He found himself one-on-one with MacDonald and held his nerve to slot the ball low past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Killie manager Lee Clark sounded the bugle after that, but his charges just couldn't find a way through a well-organised Thistle defence.

Sean Welsh almost compounded Killie's misery with the last kick of the ball, but his thundering effort crashed off MacDonald's bar.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 4Addison
  • 26BalatoniSubstituted forHenshallat 83'minutes
  • 27Hodson
  • 19SlaterSubstituted forHigginbothamat 68'minutes
  • 29Dicker
  • 28MagennisBooked at 28mins
  • 7McKenzie
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 67'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Findlay
  • 8Henshall
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 36Faubert
  • 39Frizzell

Partick Thistle

  • 12Scully
  • 2Miller
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 15DumbuyaBooked at 55mins
  • 6OsmanBooked at 44mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 7AmooSubstituted forElliottat 18'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forNisbetat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Elliott
  • 16Nesbitt
  • 17Lindsay
  • 18Wilson
  • 27Nisbet
  • 35Gallacher
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
5,729

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 2.

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Kris Doolan.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Alex Henshall.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alex Henshall replaces Conrad Balatoni.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Miller.

Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mustapha Dumbuya.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Greg Kiltie.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 2. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya (Partick Thistle).

Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35248382275580
2Aberdeen35225860402071
3Hearts361710956381861
4St Johnstone36157145452252
5Motherwell36145174455-1147
6Ross County36136175058-845
7Dundee361114115252047
8Inverness CT361210144948146
9Partick Thistle36128163645-944
10Hamilton36119164060-2042
11Kilmarnock3698193859-2135
12Dundee Utd3676233865-2727
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