Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 0-1 Partick Thistle

Kris Doolan scores for Partick Thistle against Dundee
Kris Doolan clipped home the vital winning goal for Partick Thistle - his 114th for the club

Partick Thistle beat Dundee to avoid automatic relegation from the Scottish Premiership and set up a two-legged play-off final duel with Livingston.

Replacement Kris Doolan stabbed home the game's only goal in the 63rd minute, ensuring Thistle finished 11th.

The Jags end the league season four points clear of bottom side Ross County, who drop to the Championship.

Thistle travel to Livingston on Thursday, 17 May, before hosting David Hopkin's men three days later.

The victor will play Premiership football next season.

The stunning Tayside sunshine provided the perfect paradox to the relegation cloud that was hanging over the heads of the visitors. Thistle, two points ahead of the Staggies, knew victory would preserve their top-flight status, but a draw, or defeat, would give County the chance to send them down.

Conor Sammon shoots for Partick Thistle against Dundee
Partick Thistle emerged from a hard-fought encounter with three precious points

The Dingwall side heaped pressure on their Firhill foes by taking an early lead against St Johnstone, and Alan Archibald's men started in a manner befitting a team scrapping for their lives.

They pushed and probed in numbers as Dundee, with pride only at stake, continually found themselves pinned back in their own half.

After Simon Murray flashed a fairly harmless effort across the face of Tomas Cerny's goal, at the other end Adam Barton's looping header was tipped over the bar by 19-year-old Calum Ferrie, making his first Dees start.

The hosts fought their way back into the contest and Paul McGowan had a fierce close-range effort parried away by Cerny - although the influential captain hobbled off with a hamstring injury shortly afterwards.

Just before the break the Jags should have taken the lead they craved so desperately, but Barton inexplicably hesitated from six yards, failing to show the necessary conviction to meet a fine Christie Elliot cross. Conor Sammon kept the play alive, but when the ball fell to him, Miles Storey lashed wide.

It was pretty stodgy fare after the break, neither side seizing control until just after the hour mark. Replacement Doolan, so often Thistle's go-to man, delivered the precious filip.

Stevie Lawless picked up possession inside the Dundee half, drove to the edge of the box, and when his through-ball ricocheted into the path of Doolan, the 31-year-old striker clipped the ball past Ferrie into the bottom-right corner of the net.

It was Doolan's 114th Jags goal - few will have been so important - and his 10th of the season, as he became the first Thistle player to hit double figures in eight consecutive campaigns.

Kris Doolan has scored 114 goals for Partick Thistle
Kris Doolan has scored 114 goals for Partick Thistle

When the celebrations subsided the visitors looked as though they couldn't quite decide between defending their lead or pushing for another that would surely kill the contest.

In their confusion Murray almost capitalised on poor defending to level, but his strike from 12 yards was blocked late when it looked goal-bound.

Wolters then lashed a left-foot drive on-target but Cerny saved low at his near post as the Thistle fans continued to chew on frayed fingernails behind the goal.

Neil McCann's men continued to throw everything at it but in the final throes, news of a St Johnstone equaliser in Perth reached Dens Park - blessed relief for the Jags.

Their supporters were jubilant, but they have two meetings with Hopkin's dogged and effective Livingston to negotiate before their Premiership status is secured.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 38Ferie
  • 2Kerr
  • 25Jefferies
  • 5Kusunga
  • 3Holt
  • 21DeaconSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 75'minutes
  • 8Kamara
  • 18McGowanSubstituted forWoltersat 36'minutes
  • 28Spence
  • 17Murray
  • 33WightonSubstituted forScottat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Parish
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 23Wolters
  • 27Curran
  • 35Scott
  • 45Moore

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 16McGinn
  • 15Devine
  • 4Cargill
  • 14Elliott
  • 19EdwardsSubstituted forDoolanat 56'minutes
  • 37Woods
  • 13Barton
  • 11Lawless
  • 18SammonSubstituted forOsmanat 90+1'minutes
  • 39StoreyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forSpittalat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dumbuya
  • 6Osman
  • 7Spittal
  • 9Doolan
  • 10Erskine
  • 12Scully
  • 29Penrice
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
6,756

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Abdul Osman replaces Conor Sammon.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Randy Wolters (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Partick Thistle) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lewis Spence.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Spence (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Christie Elliott.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaces Roarie Deacon because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 1. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Cedwyn Scott replaces Craig Wighton.

Attempt missed. Cammy Kerr (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Ryan Edwards.

Foul by Baily Cargill (Partick Thistle).

Simon Murray (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Glen Kamara (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

Attempt blocked. Randy Wolters (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Martin Woods (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dundee).

Foul by Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle).

Randy Wolters (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Calum Ferie.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Calum Ferie.

Attempt saved. Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Blair Spittal replaces Miles Storey.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee 0, Partick Thistle 0.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Genséric Kusunga.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

(Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic372410373244982
2Aberdeen37217955371870
3Rangers372161071452669
4Hibernian371812757411666
5Kilmarnock371511114847156
6Hearts371213123938149
7Motherwell38139164349-648
8St Johnstone381210164253-1146
9Dundee38116213657-2139
10Hamilton3896234768-2133
11Partick Thistle3889213161-3033
12Ross County38611214062-2229
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