Partick Thistle survived a nervous last few minutes to edge past Ayr United at Firhill in the League Cup.

Christie Elliott teed up Stephen O'Donnell to shoot the Jags ahead in style on 13 minutes.

Mexican defender Gabriel Piccolo thumped a header against the crossbar before Conrad Balatoni nodded in with eight minutes remaining.

Ayr substitute Mark Shankland reduced the deficit with a 89th-minute header and also hit the post soon after.

Thistle started their top flight campaign with a promising 0-0 draw at home to Dundee United but this was a less convincing display, with manager Alan Archibald making six changes to his starting XI.

After a drab opening, the game was suddenly brightened up by O'Donnell's stunning opener.

Highlights - Partick Thistle 2-1 Ayr Utd

Ross Forbes crossed from the left for Elliott on the edge of the box. With Ayr defender Martin Campbell rapidly closing him down, the Thistle striker knocked a square pass right for full-back O'Donnell to gallop onto before smashing it into the top corner.

The visitors nearly found an immediate leveller as striker Michael Moffat's deflected strike bounced kindly for partner Craig Malcolm in the box but his lob over Scott Fox in the home goal hit the bar.

And the League One side continued to cause problems for the hosts, with Gordon Pope firing wide from 25 yards.

Jags defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair then had to boot clear just as Moffat readied himself to nod home a ball bouncing across the goalmouth.

Moffat conjured up an opportunity of his own as he carved his way past three Partick players during a 20-yard slalom but a miscued finish ruined all of his good work

The home side had to wait until the final 15 minutes before they could build any pressure, with Piccolo heading off the bar while substitute Sean Welsh had a nodded effort cleared on the goal-line by Tony Marenghi.

A second Thistle goal arrived as Stevie Lawless picked out Balatoni at the near post to steer a header into the far corner of the net.

Shankland had only been on the park for five minutes when got to Michael Donald's cross before Fox to head into an empty net.

The Ayr goalscorer then passed up a glorious chance to take the game into extra-time to when he rolled a low shot onto the post 30 seconds later.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Sinclair
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 13 De la Vega
  • 10 Forbes (Mukendi - 70' )
  • 11 Lawleff
  • 14 Elliot (Bannigan - 59' )
  • 19 Osbourne (Welsh - 64' )
  • 20 Kerr
  • 17 Baird

Substitutes

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 04 Welsh
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 07 Craigen
  • 21 Mukendi

Ayr

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter
  • 03 Pope
  • 04 Campbell (McArthur - 22' )
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 07 McGowan (Forrest - 51' )
  • 08 Marenghi
  • 11 Donald
  • 09 Moffat
  • 10 Malcolm (Shankland - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 17 William Muir
  • 15 McArthur
  • 14 Forrest
  • 12 Shankland
  • 16 Roberts
Ref: Brines
Att: 2,145

Match Stats

Shots

11 6

On target

6 1

Corners

11 3

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:32 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:56

Mark Kerr takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Lawless by Gordon Pope.

89:59

Aaron Sinclair produces a cross.

89:16

Mark Shankland takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the post.

88:23

Michael Donald provided the assist for the goal.

88:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Shankland - Partick 2 - 1 Ayr Mark Shankland scores a headed goal. Partick 2-1 Ayr.

87:09

The ball is sent over by Aaron Sinclair.

86:10

The ball is delivered by Alan Forrest.

85:46

John Baird takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Hutton makes a block.

84:33 Substitution

Substitution Mark Shankland on for Craig Malcolm.

83:55

Header at goal by Conrad Balatoni goes over the bar.

83:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by John Baird.

82:21

Assist by Steven Lawless.

82:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Conrad Balatoni - Partick 2 - 0 Ayr Conrad Balatoni scores with a header. Partick 2-0 Ayr.

81:54

Steven Lawless delivers the ball.

81:34

Corner from the left by-line taken by John Baird.

79:25

Free kick taken by Scott Fox.

78:57

Unfair challenge on Aaron Sinclair by Michael Moffat results in a free kick.

77:55

Shot by Gabriel De la Vega missed to the left of goal.

77:43

Clearance made by Alan Lithgow.

77:32

Corner taken by John Baird from the left by-line.

76:56

Gordon Pope makes a clearance.

76:52

Corner taken by John Baird from the left by-line.

76:34

The ball is crossed by Steven Lawless.

76:18

Stephen O'Donnell takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

75:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by John Baird.

74:29

Headed chance falls to Gabriel De la Vega. David Hutton turns it away with a finger tip save.

73:57

Corner taken by John Baird.

73:38

Stephen O'Donnell produces a cross.

73:22

Clearance made by Josh McArthur.

73:17

The ball is crossed by John Baird.

73:00

Corner taken by Sean Welsh from the left by-line.

72:26

Alan Lithgow makes a clearance.

72:22

Centre by Stuart Bannigan.

70:59

David Hutton restarts play with the free kick.

70:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against John Baird.

70:36

Mark Kerr restarts play with the free kick.

70:30

Josh McArthur challenges John Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:34 Substitution

Substitution Henoc Mukendi comes on in place of Ross Forbes.

68:48

Stuart Bannigan sends in a cross.

67:48

John Baird challenges Josh McArthur unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:58

Gabriel De la Vega takes the free kick.

66:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Malcolm on Conrad Balatoni.

65:36

Alan Lithgow manages to make a clearance.

65:32

Steven Lawless produces a cross.

64:55

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution Sean Welsh comes on in place of Isaac Osbourne.

61:44

Gordon Pope sends in a cross.

61:18

Alan Lithgow takes the free kick.

61:11

John Baird challenges Josh McArthur unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:02

Shot by Michael Moffat missed to the left of the net.

58:03 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Bannigan on for Christie Elliot.

57:23

Shot by Christie Elliot went wide of the left-hand upright.

57:02

Scott Fox takes the free kick.

56:55

Michael Moffat is ruled offside.

53:34

Gordon Pope manages to make a clearance.

53:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Forbes.

52:29

Free kick taken by David Hutton.

52:25

The offside flag is raised against Ross Forbes.

51:18

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball.

50:11 Substitution

Substitution Michael McGowan goes off and Alan Forrest comes on.

48:35

Shot by Michael McGowan went wide of the left-hand upright.

47:22

Aaron Sinclair sends in a cross.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +0:16 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

43:11

Free kick taken by David Hutton.

43:09

The referee blows for offside.

40:58

Gabriel De la Vega restarts play with the free kick.

40:31

Unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Scott McLaughlin results in a free kick.

36:58

Scott McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

36:33

Unfair challenge on Anthony Marenghi by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick.

36:07

The ball is sent over by Aaron Sinclair.

35:11

Shot by Christie Elliot went wide of the right-hand upright.

35:02

Corner taken by Ross Forbes from the right by-line.

34:40

Stephen O'Donnell delivers the ball.

30:56

Clearance made by Mark Kerr.

30:28

Corner from the right by-line taken by Anthony Marenghi.

29:53

Anthony Marenghi crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:33

Aaron Sinclair challenges Michael McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:15

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball in from the free kick.

26:05

Unfair challenge on Aaron Sinclair by Michael Donald results in a free kick.

25:31

Gordon Pope has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

25:18

Isaac Osbourne manages to make a clearance.

25:09

Corner taken by Michael McGowan.

23:49

Christie Elliot crosses the ball.

23:03

The ball is crossed by Aaron Sinclair.

22:10

Ross Forbes crosses the ball in from the free kick.

22:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ross Forbes by Josh McArthur.

21:04 Substitution

Substitution Martyn Campbell leaves the field to be replaced by Josh McArthur.

20:24

Shot by Stephen O'Donnell. David Hutton catches the ball.

18:53

John Baird has an effort at goal. David Hutton makes a block.

16:47

Aaron Sinclair takes the free kick.

16:38

Michael McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Sinclair.

16:31

Conrad Balatoni takes the free kick.

16:21

Anthony Marenghi challenges Ross Forbes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

15:55

Craig Malcolm takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

14:34

The ball is swung over by Adam Hunter.

12:19

Assist by Christie Elliot.

12:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen O'Donnell - Partick 1 - 0 Ayr Stephen O'Donnell scores with their right foot. Partick 1-0 Ayr.

10:56

Clearance made by Martyn Campbell.

10:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Forbes.

10:16

Clearance made by Michael Donald.

10:07

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ross Forbes.

9:47

Ross Forbes delivers the ball.

9:13

Stephen O'Donnell produces a cross.

8:29

Scott Fox restarts play with the free kick.

8:25

The referee blows for offside.

8:07

David Hutton takes the free kick.

7:51

Foul by Aaron Sinclair on Michael Donald, free kick awarded.

1:47

Conrad Balatoni makes a clearance.

1:36

Corner taken by Michael McGowan from the left by-line.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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