St Johnstone and Partick Thistle served up an entertaining match at McDiarmid Park that mirrored their mid-table standings in the Scottish Premiership.

The Jags had the best of the first period and Kris Doolan fired them ahead with a low shot from a tight angle.

Saints' Dave Mackay tested goalkeeper Paul Gallacher with a free-kick before Steven MacLean's low shot levelled.

The home team improved after the break with Stevie May impressing, but a draw was probably a fair result.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald will have been disappointed that the hosts levelled a few minutes prior to the interval.

The Jags, a point ahead of their mid-table rivals at kick-off, had looked worthy of a narrow lead as they had the best of the chances and looked particularly attractive when on the counter-attack.

Thistle duo Doolan and Kallum Higginbotham did well to trouble the experienced backline of Mackay, Steven Anderson, Frazer Wright and Brian Easton, though Anderson trudged off the pitch in agony when he slipped and damaged his hand at Doolan's opener, Gary Miller his replacement.

Partick Thistle Kris Doolan

Kris Doolan rounded Alan Mannus and fired home for Thistle's opener

Having scored a double in their midweek Scottish League Cup win at Hamilton in midweek, 20-year-old striker May is not short of confidence these days.

He looked the most likely source of a goal for the Perth side and Gallacher had to be at his sharpest to race from his line to gather at May's feet after he had made a dash down the right wing and into the Thistle box.

Gallacher made a good stop, too, from home skipper Mackay who had pinged a 22-yard free-kick towards the top corner and Murray Davidson marked his return from injury with a header over the bar from David Wotherspoon's corner.

However, Thistle had the edge, with Doolan flashing a header just wide of Alan Mannus's left-hand post and Higginbotham smacking a low shot that the Saints goalie did well to smother.

Doolan again troubled Mannus, his snap shot saved after Christie Elliot's deflected left-foot shot had fallen into his path, but that was the Jags' last chance before they lost a slack goal.

MacLean found space at the edge of the box and his low, angled shot should have been knocked round the post by Gallacher. Instead, it flew through a trio of bodies and under his despairing arms.

If Thistle edged the first half, the opposite was true in the second.

May had the visitors chasing shadows on several occasions and might have given his team the lead had Jags centre-half Aaron Muirhead not slid in to his six-yard box to clear a goalbound shot.

Wright maintained the blue-shirted momentum with a header wide at the back post from Chris Millar's probing cross and that came moments before May spurned a good chance.

Intelligent play by MacLean set up the long-haired striker to run on to the ball at the edge of the box but his side-footed shot lacked power and direction and was parried wide by the Jags keeper.

Doolan sliced a shot wide in an increasingly rare foray into the Saints' penalty box as St Johnstone took a grip of the game with superior passing and tackling.

And they could have won the game when Mackay side-footed a weak effort straight at Gallacher in the closing minutes.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson (Miller - 7' )
  • 24 Easton
  • 04 Cregg (Caddis - 78' )
  • 07 Millar
  • 10 Wotherspoon (Hasselbaink - 73' )
  • 18 Davidson Booked
  • 09 MacLean
  • 17 May

Substitutes

  • 15 Banks
  • 03 Scobie
  • 19 Miller
  • 14 Edwards
  • 16 Caddis
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 27 Fallon

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 04 Welsh
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 14 Elliot
  • 19 Osbourne
  • 23 Higginbotham (Craigen - 73' )
  • 09 Doolan

Substitutes

  • 01 Fox
  • 10 Forbes
  • 11 Lawless
  • 20 Kerr
  • 22 Fraser
  • 07 Craigen
  • 17 Baird
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 3,248

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

8 6

Corners

12 3

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:06 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:41

Clearance made by Stephen O'Donnell.

90:00 +1:33

Corner from the right by-line taken by Brian Easton.

89:45

Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

89:23

Kris Doolan is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

88:43

David Mackay has an effort at goal.

88:25

Steven MacLean delivers the ball.

85:34

Corner taken by James Craigen from the left by-line.

82:49

Corner taken by Stevie May from the left by-line.

82:34

Nigel Hasselbaink crosses the ball.

81:21

Isaac Osbourne has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

79:59

Kris Doolan takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

79:10

A cross is delivered by Christie Elliot.

77:18 Substitution

Substitution Liam Caddis is brought on as a substitute for Patrick Cregg.

74:03

Christie Elliot takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Alan Mannus safely holds on.

73:13

Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

72:59 Substitution

Substitution Kallum Higginbotham goes off and James Craigen comes on.

72:48 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon goes off and Nigel Hasselbaink comes on.

72:35

Gary Miller fouled by Kris Doolan, the ref awards a free kick.

71:37

Christie Elliot takes a shot. Alan Mannus blocks the ball.

71:16

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon.

70:45

Stevie May has an effort at goal.

70:39

Steven MacLean delivers the ball.

70:26

Brian Easton manages to make a clearance.

69:44

Sean Welsh takes the free kick.

69:39

Kallum Higginbotham fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick.

68:19

Frazer Wright makes a clearance.

68:15

Free kick crossed by Aaron Sinclair.

67:04

Stephen O'Donnell fouled by David Wotherspoon, the ref awards a free kick.

65:41

Clearance by Gary Miller.

65:28

Free kick taken by Conrad Balatoni.

65:05 Booking

Booking

65:05

Murray Davidson receives a caution.

64:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Aaron Sinclair.

63:35

Header at goal by Frazer Wright goes right of the post.

63:28

Chris Millar crosses the ball.

63:16

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

63:00

Clearance made by Kris Doolan.

62:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

62:29

Shot by Chris Millar. Fine finger tip save by Paul Gallacher.

61:39

Shot by Sean Welsh went over.

61:28

Free kick taken by Kallum Higginbotham.

61:08

Chris Millar concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Sinclair.

60:59

The ball is crossed by Stephen O'Donnell.

59:44

Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.

59:36

Kris Doolan is ruled offside.

57:51

The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon.

57:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

56:58

Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

56:45

Kris Doolan is caught offside.

55:48

The ball is delivered by Brian Easton.

54:39

David Mackay restarts play with the free kick.

54:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Bannigan on Murray Davidson.

53:28

Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.

53:17

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.

52:50

Murray Davidson gets a header at goal.

52:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

52:15

Stevie May takes a shot.

48:12

Stevie May takes a weak shot.

47:51

Free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

47:43

Foul by Christie Elliot on Brian Easton, free kick awarded.

47:25

Kris Doolan manages to make a clearance.

47:20

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.

46:59

Steven MacLean takes a shot.

46:44

Aaron Muirhead makes a clearance.

46:42

Chris Millar crosses the ball.

45:42

Aaron Sinclair sends in a cross.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:09

Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:04

Free kick crossed by Stephen O'Donnell.

45:00 +0:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Sean Welsh.

44:45

Free kick taken by Steven MacLean.

44:36

Conrad Balatoni concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven MacLean.

43:03

The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon.

41:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven MacLean - St J'stone 1 - 1 Partick Steven MacLean scores with their right foot. St Johnstone 1-1 Partick.

41:46

Conrad Balatoni manages to make a clearance.

41:43

David Wotherspoon crosses the ball.

40:26

Kris Doolan heads at goal. Alan Mannus catches the ball.

40:20

A cross is delivered by Kallum Higginbotham.

39:27

The ball is sent over by Chris Millar.

38:45

Header by Murray Davidson goes to the left of the goal.

38:31

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the right by-line.

38:03

Clearance by Aaron Muirhead.

37:56

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

34:50

Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

34:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wotherspoon on Isaac Osbourne.

32:45

Murray Davidson produces a cross.

31:46

Shot by Christie Elliot.

29:52

Shot by Kallum Higginbotham. Alan Mannus blocks the ball.

28:51

Clearance by Frazer Wright.

28:48

Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham.

28:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kallum Higginbotham.

27:52

Stuart Bannigan delivers the ball.

27:17

Clearance by Conrad Balatoni.

26:20

David Wotherspoon has an effort at goal. Paul Gallacher blocks the ball.

25:39

Sean Welsh restarts play with the free kick.

25:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Stuart Bannigan.

24:26

Brian Easton takes a weak shot and went wide right of the target.

22:45

Conrad Balatoni restarts play with the free kick.

22:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Murray Davidson.

21:42

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

21:38

Kallum Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.

21:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Murray Davidson.

17:56

Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

17:44

Christie Elliot concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Easton.

16:04

The ball is crossed by David Mackay.

15:25

Strike on goal comes in from David Mackay from the free kick. Paul Gallacher parries the effort to safety.

14:54

Conrad Balatoni concedes a free kick for a foul on Stevie May.

14:00

Header by Kallum Higginbotham misses right.

13:44

Aaron Sinclair delivers the ball.

12:57

Centre by Stephen O'Donnell.

9:19

A cross is delivered by Aaron Sinclair.

8:42

Clearance made by Isaac Osbourne.

8:35

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon.

8:06

Stevie May takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

6:33 Substitution

Substitution Gary Miller on for Steven Anderson.

5:28

The assist for the goal came from Aaron Sinclair.

5:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Doolan - St J'stone 0 - 1 Partick Kris Doolan scores a left footed goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Partick.

3:13

Clearance made by Frazer Wright.

3:07

Kallum Higginbotham delivers the ball.

1:59

Conrad Balatoni has an effort at goal.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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