Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle1Kilmarnock4

Partick Thistle 1-4 Kilmarnock

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

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Kilmarnock 4.

Substitution

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

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Booking

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Gary Fraser.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Greg Kiltie.

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.

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.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Lyle Taylor.

Goal!

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

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.

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

Foul by Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Callum Booth.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Ashcroft replaces Manuel Pascali.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 2.

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Callum Booth.

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

Booking

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 2. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexei Eremenko with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Steven Lawless.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 0, Kilmarnock 1. Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Penalty saved! Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37285479176289
2Aberdeen37236857322575
3Inverness CT371981052371565
4St Johnstone37159133334-154
5Dundee Utd37165165556-153
6Dundee371112144654-845
7Hamilton37148154953-450
8Partick Thistle37129164844445
9Kilmarnock37118184357-1441
10Ross County37118184462-1841
11Motherwell37105223863-2535
12St Mirren3793253065-3530
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