Partick Thistle frustrated with draw

Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock  at Firhill
Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock at Firhill

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Kilmarnock 1

Partick Thistle’s objective of closing the points gap on the top six teams suffered a set back with this draw at Firhill on Saturday.

Killie took an early lead when Josh Magennis, who was playing wide on the right for the visitors, drilled a cross into the penalty area.

Kilmarnock’s Lee Miller connected with the cross, forcing Thistle keeper Paul Gallacher to make a magnificent one-handed save, but Tope Obadeyi converted the rebound poking home the opener for Kilmarnock.

However, Thislte equalised seven minutes later thanks to a Danny Seaborne goal.

Stuart Bannigan slung a free-kick into the area and Seaborne, running away from goal, steered a header past goalkeeper Craig Samson.

The home side probably had the better of the chances that followed, but Killie were prepared to be adventurous.

But Thistle didn’t let this panic them and remained committed to their crisp passing style.

Into the second half and some of the play became a bit disjointed. The best opportunity came from a Thistle free-kick, but any hope was quickly extinguished when referee Steven McLean blew for a foul.

Then Thistle centre-back Conrad Balatoni dribbled upfield and surged into the penalty area, but the ball was stolen off his toe and lashed clear.

Kilmarnock managed a breakthrough when Obadeyi latched on to Hamill’s pass, but the winger’s effort bounced under Gallacher’s body and out for a corner.

Towards the end of the match James Craigen might have won the game for the home side, but he shot wide from just inside the penalty area after the ball was diverted into his path