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Kilmarnock 2-5 Partick Thistle

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 5.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

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

Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mathias Pogba replaces Kris Doolan.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Sean Welsh replaces Stuart Bannigan.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Craig Slater.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Amoo replaces Robbie Muirhead.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

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

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 5. Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Partick Thistle 4. Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Smith with a cross.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dale Carrick replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Booking

Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Partick Thistle 4. Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Robbie Muirhead (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Tope Obadeyi.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic15113138112736
2Aberdeen1610242518732
3Hearts1694329171231
4St Johnstone168353224827
5Hamilton166462122-122
6Ross County166372322121
7Dundee164842225-320
8Inverness CT154561619-317
9Partick Thistle164571723-617
10Kilmarnock164481729-1216
11Motherwell164391323-1015
12Dundee Utd1622121232-208
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