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Partick Thistle 2-2 Kilmarnock

A late Kris Boyd header salvaged a draw for Kilmarnock against 10-man Partick Thistle at Firhill.

Kris Doolan opened the scoring for Thistle, capitalising on a Lee Ashcroft mistake, with a Rory McKenzie shot levelling matters before the break.

Liam Lindsay saw red for a tug on Mark O'Hara but Doolan restored the hosts' lead with a calm right-foot finish.

Substitute Boyd then rescued a point for Kilmarnock as he rose highest to head powerfully past Tomas Cerny.

The draw leaves both sides without a Premiership win in four outings, with the Ayrshire side bottom of the standings on goal difference.

The opening goal arrived on nine minutes when Ashcroft made a hash of judging the bounce of the ball at the edge of his own box and he was quickly punished by Doolan, who kept his composure to slot home Thistle's first goal of the season.

Kris Doolan's double looked to have secured three points for the Firhill side
Kris Doolan's double looked to have secured three points for the Firhill side

Doolan almost increased Thistle's lead with a neat curling shot which bounced back off Jamie MacDonald's right-hand post.

The home side were dominant and it needed a fine save from MacDonald to stop Lindsay's firm header.

Thirty-five minutes had elapsed before Kilmarnock troubled Thistle goalkeeper Cerny. A Josh Magennis effort was pushed away by the Czech and O'Hara's follow-up header was held well.

But, soon after, Killie were level thanks to a great counter-attack. MacDonald made a remarkable point-blank save to deny Steven Lawless and the visitors raced up the park, with McKenzie sticking the ball beyond Cerny.

The visitors could even have taken the lead in first half stoppage-time when Magennis muscled his way into the Thistle box, seeing his shot strike the outside of a post.

The big Killie striker was proving a handful for the home defence and his hold up play helped set up a chance for Kallum Higginbotham early in the second half but the former Thistle player steered his shot wide.

Thistle were reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes when Lindsay was red carded for a foul on O'Hara denying him a goal-scoring opportunity.

Home substitute Gary Fraser then fired in a terrific shot which bounced back off the underside of MacDonald's crossbar.

Fraser then provided the perfect assist for Doolan, crossing for the striker to convert his second of the afternoon, with a well-placed shot.

But Higginbotham, who scored a late penalty equaliser against Celtic on Wednesday, had a big hand in denying his old club in the last five minutes, crossing for Boyd plant a fine downward header into the net.

Kris Boyd celebrates scoring his first goal since rejoining Kilmarnock this summer
Kris Boyd celebrates scoring his first goal since rejoining Kilmarnock this summer

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 13Frans
  • 17LindsayBooked at 65mins
  • 5Booth
  • 4Welsh
  • 8BanniganBooked at 74mins
  • 7Amoo
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forSeaborneat 66'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forFraserat 54'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 3Seaborne
  • 12Scully
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Hendry
  • 20McDaid
  • 21Leyden
  • 22Fraser

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 12WestlakeBooked at 73mins
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 88mins
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 3Smith
  • 4HamillSubstituted forSplaineat 80'minutes
  • 14O'Hara
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forBoydat 69'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11HigginbothamBooked at 10mins
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 5Findlay
  • 9Boyd
  • 15McCulloch
  • 17Splaine
  • 29Davies
  • 37McLean
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,600

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Kilmarnock 2.

Attempt saved. Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

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

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Amoo (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Kilmarnock 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Callum Booth.

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

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Splaine replaces Jamie Hamill.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Kilmarnock 1. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Fraser.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kris Boyd.

Gary Miller (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock).

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Greg Kiltie.

Attempt missed. Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Danny Seaborne replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Dismissal

Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) is shown the red card.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

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

Attempt blocked. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts4400105512
2Celtic4310104610
3Aberdeen33005149
4Dundee42119547
5Hamilton31114224
6Ross County411245-14
7Dundee Utd411247-34
8Partick Thistle403124-23
9Motherwell410326-43
10St Johnstone402268-22
11Inverness CT402236-32
12Kilmarnock4022410-62
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