Partick Thistle battle to a draw

It was a battle for Partick Thistle to secure the single point from McDiarmid Park after a 1-1 draw against St Johnstone on Saturday.

Thistle made a positive start and were rewarded with an early goal after only six minutes. Kris Doolan was able to take advantage of a slip from Steven Anderson and took the ball round home keeper Alan Mannus to fire in from a very tight angle.

For most of the remainder of the first half the visitors looked more likely to score and came close on a couple of occasions.

With the first half just five minutes away Doolan only just missed a header, but two minutes later St Johnstone were level. They hadn’t threatened much prior to equalising but Steven MacLean found the net with a shot that went through a crowd of players.

The second half was altogether more even with both sides getting their fair share of the action. And in the 73rd minute there was a call for a penalty when a Doolan effort struck a defender and the St Johnstone keeper twice saved from Christie Elliott.

Thistle best chance of a winner, however, came with just a shade over ten minutes of the encounter remaining. An excellent Thistle moved ended with Kris Doolan sending a pass from substitute James Craigen wide of target.

St Johnstone though could have snatched a win in the 89th minute. The ball dropped to David Mackay no more than 10 yards out and directly in front of the Thistle goal. He was able though to make decent contact with the ball and his shot fell into the waiting arms of Paul Gallacher.