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Partick Thistle 2-2 Dunfermline Athletic: Hosts climb to eighth after draw

Tom Beadling scores for Dunfermline Athletic against Partick Thistle
Tom Beadling's third goal of the season gave Dunfermline the lead at Firhill

Partick Thistle moved above Falkirk to eighth in the Scottish Championship by coming from two goals down to draw with fifth-placed Dunfermline Athletic.

Tom Beadling finished a flowing move to net the opener before Bruce Anderson scored from a corner to make it 2-0.

Thistle got back in the match before half-time when Scott McDonald's cross from the left was diverted into his own net by away defender Ryan Blair.

And McDonald blasted home on 77 minutes to earn Thistle a vital point.

The Australian took his tally for five since joining the Glasgow club in February with a low finish from Blair Spittal's ball.

The draw leaves Dunfermline six points adrift of Ayr United, who have played a game fewer, in the final play-off position with five games remaining.

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "Any time your are 2-0 down you are delighted with a point, but after the first 20 minutes when they scored, we were outstanding.

"We should have won the game with the opportunities we created, but you still have that disappointment with the first 20 minutes.

"We have to continue to show that resilience in the remaining five games."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Stevie Crawford: "When you come away to Firhill and go 2-0 up, it is disappointing to only come away with a point, but the pleasing thing today was we created chances and while I was frustrated about not winning the game, I was not frustrated with their attitude, which was great.

"Today's results made it harder to get a top-four place, but we will give ourselves every possible chance to sneak that fourth place and it all starts with Ross County on Tuesday."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 15Hazard
  • 43SaundersSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 75'minutes
  • 5AndersonBooked at 55mins
  • 6McGinty
  • 31McMillanSubstituted forCardleat 45'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 14GordonSubstituted forStoreyat 70'minutes
  • 8Bannigan
  • 3Penrice
  • 9Doolan
  • 10McDonald

Substitutes

  • 11Harkins
  • 17Slater
  • 19Storey
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 23Sneddon
  • 30Mansell
  • 32Cardle

Dunfermline

  • 40Scully
  • 35Blair
  • 6AshcroftBooked at 52mins
  • 14Devine
  • 3Longridge
  • 28CraigenBooked at 11mins
  • 8Beadling
  • 26ToddSubstituted forWilliamsonat 56'minutes
  • 10LongridgeBooked at 67mins
  • 18El BakhtaouiSubstituted forHippolyteat 83'minutes
  • 12AndersonSubstituted forMcCannat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Williamson
  • 5Durnan
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 19Vincent
  • 20Gill
  • 27McCann
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,850

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Dunfermline Athletic 2.

Attempt saved. Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle).

James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic).

Scott McDonald (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Lewis McCann replaces Bruce Anderson.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Myles Hippolyte replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Louis Longridge.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by James Craigen.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Dunfermline Athletic 2. Scott McDonald (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aidan Fitzpatrick replaces Steven Saunders because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Miles Storey replaces Shea Gordon.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Attempt blocked. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Booking

Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic).

James Penrice (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Steven Saunders.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Conor Hazard.

Attempt saved. Ryan Blair (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Williamson replaces Matthew Todd.

Booking

Steven Anderson (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Steven Anderson (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County31187653302361
2Dundee Utd3216884338556
3Inverness CT32121374335849
4Ayr30138944301447
5Dunfermline31118123234-241
6Morton31812112941-1236
7Queen of Sth31811123938135
8Partick Thistle3196163649-1333
9Falkirk32711143343-1032
10Alloa3188153347-1432
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