Thistle share the spoils at Rugby Park

Partick Thistle 2

Kilmarnock 2

After the midweek thumping of Hamilton Accies, confidence was high in the Thistle camp as they headed down to Ayrshire with revenge on their minds as they looked to avenge the 3-0 defeat earlier this season.

And with just over a minute on the clock Thistle opened their account with some great play by Higginbotham. His scissor kick pass found Craigen who squared the ball to Stevenson at the edge of the box. Stevo cut onto his left foot and fired low past Samson from 20 yards to score.

The visitors continued to press forward, pushing the home side back in the opening stages and in the seventh minute it really should have been two. Higginbotham’s corner found the unmarked Doolan at the back post, but the striker could only head into the side netting.

As the half ticked on Kilmarnock came more into the game with Clingan not too far away with a spectacular 25 yard dipping volley.

The home side drew level in the 33rd minute when Stevenson lost possession 30 yards from the Kilmarnock goal and Slater drove forward and found McKenzie who in turn passed to Magennis and his 23 yard shot found the bottom corner of the net.

The home side had the ball in the net again before the break, but it was rightly adjudged offside.

After the turnaround the visitors started brightly when O’Donnell cut inside and saw his left foot shot deflected just wide.

In the 78th minute, Killie took the lead. Having not dealt with cross balls well all day Pascali scored after a header back across goal. But all was not lost. In the 84th minute Thistle levelled when Bannigan’s free kick found Osman under pressure, the ball broke to McDaid who had no hesitation in volleying towards goal. Young Declan’s shot looked to be going wide but Frederic Frans stuck out a foot to divert the ball away from Samson and into the net.