Scottish Premiership
Partick ThistlePartick Thistle1KilmarnockKilmarnock4
By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at Firhill
Tope Obadeyi scores for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
Tope Obadeyi (third from right) scored two headed goals in Kilmarnock's win

Kilmarnock ensured they will be playing Scottish Premiership football next season with a decisive win at Firhill.

Tope Obadeyi scored either side of half-time against already-safe Partick Thistle.

That brace came after Jamie Hamill had opened the scoring with a penalty rebound and clashed with team-mate Josh Magennis.

Conrad Balatoni headed home a consolation for the Jags before Magennis made the points safe.

Motherwell's defeat by St Mirren means Killie will finish above second bottom and thus avoid a relegation play-off.

The shackles were off Alan Archibald's Thistle side having secured another campaign in the top flight thanks to a run of one defeat in eight.

Killie were desperately trying to preserve 22 years of top-flight football but had been in freefall since Gary Locke took permanent charge in April.

And Thistle began brightly as Belgian defender Frederic Frans and Kallum Higginbotham went close.

But, against the run of play, Killie took the lead when Greg Kiltie was hauled down by Callum Booth just inside the box.

Hamill stepped up and saw his weak effort saved by Scott Fox before slipping home the rebound - Hamill's first goal since scoring for Hearts against Ross County more than a year ago.

That 2014 goal was followed by a red card when he was involved in a fracas with the then County boss Derek Adams.

And Hamill featured in a flashpoint again, this time with team-mate Magennis with the Northern Irishman appearing to headbutt the goalscorer as tensions boiled over.

It was missed by referee John Beaton and his assistant Kylie McMullan.

It did not seem to disrupt Killie, though, as Obadeyi used his head to flash an Alexei Eremenko corner past Fox to double the visitors' advantage before the break.

Thistle dominated the early part of the second half with Lyle Taylor going close from a free-kick.

But Killie grabbed a third from a disputed Eremenko set piece. The Finn curled into the area and Obadeyi met it again with a low header for his second.

Thistle were not done though and skipper Balatoni headed home a Higginbotham corner to reduce the arrears.

But Eremenko - who received a standing ovation from the boisterous Killie support when subbed - set up Magennis to slip the ball through the legs of Fox to seal a massive win for Kilmarnock.

Jamie Hamill celebrates after scoring for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
Hamill fired the opening goal for Kilmarnock
Tope Obadeyi scores for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
Obadeyi scored the second of his headed goals in the second half
Conrad Balatoni scores for Partick Thistle against Kilmarnock
Balatoni notched a consolation for Thistle
Josh Magennis scores for Kilmarnock against Partick Thistle
But Magennis restored Killie's three-goal advantage
Kilmarnock players Josh Magennis and Jamie Hamill
Magennis and Hamill appeared to clash in the first half but celebrated Kilmarnock's fourth goal together

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5BoothBooked at 24minsSubstituted forElliottat 45'minutes
  • 22FraserSubstituted forCraigenat 77'minutes
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessBooked at 39mins
  • 9Doolan
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 78mins
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forWilsonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 18Osman
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 23Wilson
  • 24Hendry

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 2Barbour
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 20mins
  • 29PascaliSubstituted forAshcroftat 45'minutes
  • 22Westlake
  • 30KiltieSubstituted forMcKenzieat 73'minutes
  • 4Hamill
  • 19Slater
  • 16ObadeyiBooked at 37mins
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forO'Haraat 86'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 7McKenzie
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 14Eccleston
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 26O'Hara
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,503

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home3
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 4.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark O'Hara replaces Alexei Eremenko.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Fox.

  6. Booking

    Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Gary Fraser.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Wilson (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Greg Kiltie.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 4. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 3. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Slater.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Lyle Taylor.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 3. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

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