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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 0-2 Partick Thistle

By Chris McLaughlinBBC Sport

Partick Thistle secured their place in the Scottish Premiership and consigned Kilmarnock to 11th place and a play-off tie against Hibernian or Falkirk.

Steven Lawless fired the visitors ahead with a long-range effort against the run of play at Rugby Park.

Kris Doolan doubled the lead in the second half.

Kilmarnock had a strong claim for a penalty waved away when Kris Boyd was pulled back in the box before Thistle scored, but it wasn't to be their day.

The frenetic start provided evidence of the importance of this match for both sides.

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But, with the home side fighting to scramble out of the play-off spot, it was they who pushed on early looking for the breakthrough.

Miles Addison, Boyd and Greg Kiltie all spurned decent opportunities in the first 10 minutes.

However, as Thistle rode the storm, they started to look more assured in possession.

David Amoo could have put the Jags ahead on 15 minutes, but the midfielder's close-range header was directed straight at goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The English midfielder took a bad head knock in the process and was replaced shortly after with Christie Elliot.

Disappointed Kilmarnock players
Kilmarnock players were left disappointed at the final whistle

The possession pendulum started to swing back the home side's way and goalkeeper Ryan Scully scurried to tip a long-range Josh Magennis effort round the post,

Kilmarnock should have been awarded a penalty.

Boyd burst through on goal and defender Gary Miller grabbed his shirt, but instead of blowing for a penalty, referee Andrew Dallas shook his head and waved play on.

The home side were still feeling aggrieved when Thistle took the lead.

Kilmarnock failed to clear a corner and, when the ball fell to Lawless, the winger blasted the ball left-footed low past Jamie McDonald from 20 yards out.

There was an air of desperation about Kilmarnock in the second half, but as they pushed and pushed they were punished by Thistle's top striker, Kris Doolan, who doubled the visitors lead just after the hour.

He found himself one-on-one with MacDonald and held his nerve to slot the ball low past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Killie manager Lee Clark sounded the bugle after that, but his charges just couldn't find a way through a well-organised Thistle defence.

Sean Welsh almost compounded Killie's misery with the last kick of the ball, but his thundering effort crashed off MacDonald's bar.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 4Addison
  • 26BalatoniSubstituted forHenshallat 83'minutes
  • 27Hodson
  • 19SlaterSubstituted forHigginbothamat 68'minutes
  • 29Dicker
  • 28MagennisBooked at 28mins
  • 7McKenzie
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 67'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Findlay
  • 8Henshall
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 36Faubert
  • 39Frizzell

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Scully
  • 2Miller
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 15DumbuyaBooked at 55mins
  • 6OsmanBooked at 44mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 7AmooSubstituted forElliottat 18'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forNisbetat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Elliott
  • 16Nesbitt
  • 17Lindsay
  • 18Wilson
  • 27Nisbet
  • 35Gallacher
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
5,729

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Partick Thistle 2.

  3. Post update

    Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Kris Doolan.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Alex Henshall.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alex Henshall replaces Conrad Balatoni.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Miller.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mustapha Dumbuya.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

  20. Post update

    Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.