Partick Thistle 4 - 2 Ayr United

Tuesday 21st February 2012
K Doolan (55, 64)
P Cairney (pen 81, 90)
K Parker (4)
M McGowan (88)

Thistle too prickly for Ayr

Partick saw off a spirited Ayr side in a thrilling 4-2 encounter at Firhill Stadium.

The visitors got off to a flying start when Keigan Parker was on hand to fire home Adam Dodd's cross after four minutes.

Partick levelled things up 10 minutes after the restart when Kris Doolan unleashed a fine volley from the edge of the area.

Doolan claimed his second as the Jags took the lead nine minutes later, this time heading home Chris Erskine's cross.

Victory was all-but ensured when Ross Robertson felled Paul Paton inside the area with 10 minutes to play - Paul Cairney stepped up to convert the kick.

Michael McGowan set up a tense finish when he pulled a goal back with a stunning long-range effort three minutes from time.

But Cairney settled any nerves immediately when he poked home Doolan's ball a minute later.

OfficialCalum Murray
Attendance1,439
VenueFirhill Stadium
Kick Off
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Ayr United
1:54
Foul on Andrew Geggan
2:01
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
3:01
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
3:02
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
3:52
Cross from Adam Dodd
3:52
Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Keigan Parker with his right foot from the left six yard line to the bottom left of the goal.
6:50
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot
7:03
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
7:27
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
7:31
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
10:58
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot from the right penalty area
11:05
Save made by Scott Fox
11:11
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot from the centre penalty area
11:25
Clearance by Stephen O'Donnell
11:57
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
11:58
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
13:03
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
13:04
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
13:42
Cross from David Rowson
13:45
Clearance by Christopher Smith
13:56
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
13:58
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
14:45
Hand Ball taken by Adam Dodd
14:48
Free Kick taken by David Rowson
15:23
Foul on Christopher Smith
15:28
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
16:14
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
17:33
Foul on Paul Paton
17:41
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
18:54
Cross from Liam Tomsett
18:59
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
19:24
Foul on Andrew Geggan
19:28
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
19:49
Cross from Keigan Parker
19:53
Shot taken by Mark Roberts using his left foot from the left six yard line
20:10
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
20:45
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
21:02
Clearance by Mark Roberts
22:20
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
22:21
Free Kick taken by Darren Cole
22:40
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
24:05
Foul on Adam Dodd
24:09
Free Kick taken by Adam Dodd from the left wing
24:46
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot
24:53
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
24:57
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
25:22
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
26:47
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett using his left foot
27:20
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
27:32
Foul on Keigan Parker
27:39
Free Kick taken by Micheal McGowan from the right wing
28:06
Cross from Micheal McGowan
28:50
Corner taken by Adam Dodd using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
29:08
Clearance by David Rowson
29:18
Shot taken by Liam Tomsett with his right foot
29:29
Block taken by Darren Cole
30:47
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
30:55
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
32:50
Shot taken by David Rowson with his right foot
32:59
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
33:03
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
33:06
Clearance by Adam Dodd
33:08
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
34:59
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
35:03
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
35:52
Foul on Micheal McGowan
35:55
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
37:14
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
37:15
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
38:11
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot
38:29
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
39:36
Cross from Paul Cairney
39:38
Clearance by Micheal McGowan
39:41
Shot taken by Paul Paton with his right foot
40:00
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
40:17
Cross from Christie Elliot
40:25
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
42:13
Offside flag raised against Mark Roberts
42:14
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
42:38
Cross from Christie Elliot
43:04
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the centre penalty area
43:15
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
43:34
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
44:32
Foul on David Rowson
44:40
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald from the left wing
Half Time
Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Ayr United
Second Half Started
Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Ayr United
45:15
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
46:40
Cross from Paul Cairney
46:42
Clearance by Christopher Smith
46:57
Cross from Paul Paton
47:01
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
47:24
Cross from Keigan Parker
47:27
Clearance by Stephen O'Donnell
47:50
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
47:54
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
48:24
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
48:27
Clearance by Andrew Geggan
49:55
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
49:56
Clearance by Christopher Smith
50:00
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
50:16
Clearance by Edward Malone
53:18
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
54:12
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
54:18
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
54:46
Shot taken by Kris Doolan with his right foot
54:46
Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Kris Doolan with his right foot to the bottom right of the goal.
56:05
Cross from Christopher Erskine
56:08
Block taken by Edward Malone
56:11
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
57:45
Substitution for Ayr United: Ross Robertson on for John Robertson
59:36
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
60:44
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
61:33
Foul on Ross Robertson
61:41
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
62:12
Hand Ball taken by Kris Doolan
62:14
Free Kick taken by Michael Moffat
63:14
Cross from Christopher Erskine
63:14
Partick Thistle 2 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Kris Doolan from the left six yard line to the bottom right of the goal.
64:17
Foul on Michael Moffat
64:24
Free Kick taken by Christopher Smith
64:55
Foul on Kris Doolan
64:59
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney
65:29
Cross from Paul Cairney
65:31
Clearance by Christopher Smith
65:36
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
66:54
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
66:59
Free Kick taken by David Rowson
67:02
BOOKING: Keigan Parker of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
68:27
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
68:29
Clearance by Christopher Smith
68:42
Foul on Mark Roberts
68:51
Substitution for Ayr United: Gareth Wardlaw on for Mark Roberts
69:28
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
69:41
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
69:44
Clearance by Christopher Smith
69:59
Offside flag raised against Keigan Parker
70:01
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
70:56
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
71:01
Shot taken by Paul Paton using his left foot
71:14
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
72:30
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the left penalty area
72:43
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
72:47
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kal Naismith on for Christie Elliot
73:56
Offside flag raised against Kal Naismith
73:58
Free Kick taken by Edward Malone
74:12
Offside flag raised against Ross Robertson
74:13
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
74:44
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot from the left penalty area
74:56
Save made by Kevin Cuthbert
75:37
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
75:56
Foul on Christopher Smith
75:58
Free Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
76:34
Cross from Christopher Erskine
76:35
Clearance by Ross Robertson
77:15
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
77:16
Clearance by Christopher Smith
77:34
Cross from Kal Naismith
77:50
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine with his right foot
78:07
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
79:12
Foul on Paul Paton
80:13
PENALTY: Penalty taken by Paul Cairney and scored with his right foot to the bottom left
80:13
Partick Thistle 3 - 1 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the penalty spot to the bottom left of the goal.
80:45
Substitution for Ayr United: Jamie McKernon on for Michael Moffat
81:19
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
81:24
Free Kick taken by David Rowson
81:26
BOOKING: Ross Robertson of Ayr United given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
83:03
Foul on Paul Cairney
83:07
Free Kick taken by Darren Cole
83:39
Cross from Keigan Parker
83:42
Clearance by Darren Cole
83:46
Corner taken by Micheal McGowan with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
84:12
Clearance by David Rowson
86:28
Foul on Kal Naismith
86:32
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney
86:52
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
86:54
Clearance by Christopher Smith
87:16
Foul on Gareth Wardlaw
87:19
Free Kick taken by Liam Tomsett
87:34
Shot taken by Micheal McGowan with his right foot
87:34
Partick Thistle 3 - 2 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Micheal McGowan with his right foot to the bottom right of the goal.
89:34
Cross from Kris Doolan
89:36
Shot taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right six yard line
89:36
Partick Thistle 4 - 2 Ayr United
GOAL scored by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right six yard line going centre low of the goal.
90:00+0:38
Goal Kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert
90:00+0:50
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Stuart Bannigan on for Christopher Erskine
90:00+2:19
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
Full Time
Partick Thistle 4 - 2 Ayr United
Result
Partick Thistle 4 - 2 Ayr United

Partick Thistle

vs

Ayr United

4
Goals
2
2
Assists
2
12
Shots
6
6
On Target
4
6
Off Target
2
24
Crosses
6
5
Corners
2
52
Throw Ins
26
1
Saves
5
5
Clearances
15
8
Goal Kicks
17
1
Blocks
1
17
Free Kicks
14
2
Offside
9
1
Penalties
0
1
Hand Balls
1
0
Yellow Cards
2

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Darren Cole
04.Alan Archibald
05.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
06.Paul Cairney
07.David Rowson
08.Paul Paton
09.Christopher Erskine 90+1' Tactical
10.Kris Doolan
11.Christie Elliot 73+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Scott Robertson
14.Stuart Bannigan 90+1' Tactical
15.Thomas Stewart
16.Kal Naismith 73+0' Tactical

Ayr United

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Kevin Cuthbert
02.John Robertson 58+0' Tactical
03.Christopher Smith
04.Adam Dodd
05.Edward Malone
06.Edward Malone
07.Micheal McGowan
08.Liam Tomsett
09.Michael Moffat 81+0' Tactical
10.Andrew Geggan
11.Andrew Geggan

Substitutes

12.Keigan Parker (68+0: Unsporting behaviour)
13.Mark Roberts 69+0' Tactical
14.Ryan McWilliams
15.Ross Robertson (82+0: Unsporting behaviour) 58+0' Tactical
16.Jamie McKernon 81+0' Tactical
17.Jamie McKernon
18.Mark Shankland
19.Gareth Wardlaw 69+0' Tactical

As you were for Partick

Partick boss Jackie McNamara lists the same squad that drew with Morton at the weekend as Ayr visit Firhill.

New recruit Conrad Balatoni will therefore miss out again due to a lack of recent games with McNamara convinced that his men will come good.

The Firhill manager said: "We are not getting the goals our play deserves as we are creating chances but not taking them.

"There is a really fine line between the teams in this Division and if we get a break in front of goal then we will get that first win of 2012.

"Ayr will be difficult opponents but hopefully we can get the goals that will get us a win."

Ayr boss Brian Reid is short of bodies as they head to Glasgow.

Hamstring injury victim Andy Geggan and the suspended Jonathan Tiffoney are the latest Honest Men to become unavailable.

Martyn Campbell, Alan Trouten and Sean Higgins all remain out injured, with Reid saying: "We are beyond the bare bones and I have been working on getting a couple of loan players in. I will need to step that up before kick-off against Thistle.

"We can move off the bottom with a win and whilst we are short of numbers, it is a good prize to aim for. We can play better than we did at Ross County on Saturday and if we can pick up three points everyone will be delighted."

Shots

Saves

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 21 18 42
2 Falkirk 24 8 40
3 Dundee 24 10 37
4 Livingston 23 1 32
5 Up Partick Thistle 23 6 31
6 Down Morton 23 -5 31
7 Hamilton 24 -1 30
8 Queen of South 24 -8 23
9 Raith Rovers 24 -11 22
10 Ayr United 22 -18 21

Updated 21/02/2012 at 21:38

 

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