Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 2-5 Partick Thistle

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Rugby Park
Robbie Muirhead scores for Partick Thistle
Robbie Muirhead scored his first goals for Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle leapfrogged Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership with a scintillating display.

Two early goals from striker Kris Doolan put the visitors in control at Rugby Park.

Josh Magennis pulled one back but Gary Fraser restored the Jags' two-goal advantage.

Robbie Muirhead scored twice - his first a sumptuous strike - either side of a Mark Connolly consolation for Kilmarnock.

Thistle move up to ninth, with Killie slipping to 10th while remaining eight points clear of bottom side Dundee United.

Alan Archibald's side got off to the perfect start as Steven Lawless threaded a pass through to Doolan, who kept his cool - despite calls for offside from the Kilmarnock defenders - to calmly finish at the near post.

That was Doolan's third goal of the season against Kilmarnock, and he soon had his fourth.

Partick Thistle players celebrating
Doolan (centre) has scored four of his five goals this season against Kilmarnock

Fraser's free-kick was high into the box and, at the back post from a very tight angle, Doolan guided a header into the car corner of the net.

Gary Locke's men responded immediately with a shot from Greg Kiltie just wide.

But it would be Magennis who would give Kilmarnock a lifeline. After four games without a goal the Northern Ireland international notched his eighth of the season with a well-taken volley from inside the box.

Early in the second half, Thistle restored their two-goal advantage as Kilmarnock failed to deal with a cross and Fraser fired in from close range.

Former Kilmarnock starlet Robbie Muirhead notched the the pick of the goals. He picked up the ball 30 yards out and sent a thunderbolt into the top corner.

Connolly's header from Steven Smith's free-kick temporarily reduced Kilmarnock's deficit.

But Muirhead was about to torment his former employers again, netting from inside the box following another Lawless pass.

The Kilmarnock defence that claimed a 0-0 draw at Celtic a week ago had seemingly disappeared as Liam Lindsay almost made it 6-2 to Partick Thistle from a corner, his header coming back off the post.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 28mins
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattieSubstituted forSlaterat 55'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forBoydat 55'minutes
  • 8Robinson
  • 3Smith
  • 23KiltieBooked at 87mins
  • 11HigginbothamBooked at 65minsSubstituted forCarrickat 69'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Barbour
  • 4Hamill
  • 5Findlay
  • 9Boyd
  • 19Slater
  • 20Carrick

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Scully
  • 15Dumbuya
  • 17Lindsay
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 23MuirheadBooked at 43minsSubstituted forAmooat 79'minutes
  • 8BanniganBooked at 28minsSubstituted forWelshat 84'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 11Lawless
  • 6Osman
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forPogbaat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cerny
  • 4Welsh
  • 7Amoo
  • 10Stevenson
  • 13Frans
  • 19Edwards
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,860

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 5.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mathias Pogba replaces Kris Doolan.

  8. Booking

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

  13. Post update

    Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Sean Welsh replaces Stuart Bannigan.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Slater.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  17. Post update

    Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Robbie Muirhead.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  20. Post update

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