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Partick Thistle 1-2 Ayr United: Defeat leaves Jags in danger of relegation play-off

Aaron Muirhead scores
Aaron Muirhead completed Ayr's comeback at Firhill

Aaron Muirhead's winner for Ayr United ensured former club Partick Thistle could still face a Scottish Championship relegation play-off.

Thistle were on course for the win they needed to ensure safety when Shea Gordon headed in a Joe Cardle cross.

But Liam Smith met Andy Murdoch's low delivery to level and Muirhead volleyed Declan McDaid's corner into the net.

Defeat at Queen of the South next week, coupled with an Alloa Athletic win at Ayr, would leave Thistle second bottom.

Gordon's opener was his second in five days against Ayr, after his strike won the meeting at Somerset Park on Tuesday.

But Muirhead's sublime winner brought revenge and keeps the Premiership play-off bound Somerset Park side on track for a third-place finish in an impressive season.

Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell: "I've not got the words to explain how frustrating and disappointing it is. We stopped playing, stopped running and stopped doing the simple things.

"Every player on the park wasn't good enough. Next week is going to be a very difficult game to play in and they have to be ready to stand up. It's in our hands and we know what we need to do."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We've played Partick Thistle five times this season and beaten them four times and we've got a third of their budget.

"Luke McCowan's debut was as good a debut as I've seen. He was outstanding. I'm going to rest players next week - I need to."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 23Sneddon
  • 2Elliott
  • 5Anderson
  • 6McGinty
  • 3Penrice
  • 11HarkinsSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 59'minutes
  • 8Bannigan
  • 32CardleSubstituted forDoolanat 59'minutes
  • 14Gordon
  • 7Spittal
  • 19StoreySubstituted forMansellat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 15Hazard
  • 17Slater
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 30Mansell
  • 31McMillan
  • 43Saunders

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 30MuirheadBooked at 52mins
  • 5Rose
  • 3HarvieBooked at 89mins
  • 6GegganSubstituted forKerrat 87'minutes
  • 8Crawford
  • 18MurdochBooked at 64mins
  • 25McCowanSubstituted forMillerat 75'minutes
  • 7Moffat
  • 11McDaid

Substitutes

  • 4Kerr
  • 10Forrest
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 29Miller
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,855

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ayr United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Ayr United 2.

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

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Aidan Fitzpatrick (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael Rose (Ayr United).

Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Kerr replaces Andrew Geggan because of an injury.

Delay in match Michael Rose (Ayr United) because of an injury.

Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Calvin Miller (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Shea Gordon (Partick Thistle).

Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Penrice (Partick Thistle).

Luke McCowan (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Calvin Miller replaces Luke McCowan.

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

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Lewis Mansell replaces Miles Storey.

Attempt missed. Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sean McGinty (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Joe Cardle.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aidan Fitzpatrick replaces Gary Harkins.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County35218661313071
2Dundee Utd35198849391065
3Ayr351581249371253
4Inverness CT35131484740753
5Morton351013123545-1043
6Dunfermline35118163339-641
7Partick Thistle35117174052-1240
8Queen of Sth35911154145-438
9Alloa35108173852-1438
10Falkirk35811163447-1335
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