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Ayr Utd 4-1 Partick Thistle: Ian McCall loses on Somerset return

By Jane LewisBBC Scotland at Somerset Park
Ayr United congratulate two-goal hero Craig Moore
Craig Moore fired a brace as Ayr United proved too strong for Partick Thistle

Ayr United ensured a miserable return for Ian McCall as they thrashed Partick Thistle to keep in touch at the Scottish Championship summit.

Craig Moore scored in each half, his first after 10 minutes and his second just after the break was a stunning hit from 25 yards. In between, Michael Moffat headed in and Alan Forrest added a fourth after 52 minutes.

Joe Cardle netted a consolation for Thistle, who remain bottom after a third consecutive defeat under McCall, who left Ayr for Thistle in September.

The Firhill side offered very little in response to Ayr's rampant display, with Forrest especially showing great pace and skill. Indeed, he could have added to the hosts' first-half tally on a couple of occasions.

Ayr United manager Mark Kerr: "I'm loving my life as a manager, I've waited for my opportunity and I'm pinching myself that I've got a team at the top of the Championship.

"I know what I can bring to this club, the boys know what I can bring and I know what they can give me so I'm comfortable in the role right now."

Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall: "It was a difficult afternoon. We were really, really poor, and they were very, very good. So not good enough, and I include myself in that.

"We let everybody down. It was lacklustre. The desire wasn't there. I'm absolutely gutted and I hope the players are, I'm sure they are."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 14Houston
  • 2Muirhead
  • 5Roscoe-Byrne
  • 3Harvie
  • 11McCowan
  • 23Docherty
  • 30Kelly
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forGegganat 81'minutes
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMcGuffieat 69'minutes
  • 9MooreSubstituted forDoolanat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Geggan
  • 8Doolan
  • 12McGuffie
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 21Ecrepont
  • 22McKenzie

Partick Thistle

  • 22Fox
  • 2Williamson
  • 6McGinty
  • 43Saunders
  • 3Penrice
  • 7Cardle
  • 16Palmer
  • 8Bannigan
  • 14GordonSubstituted forMansellat 28'minutes
  • 19ZanattaSubstituted forSlaterat 58'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forHarkinsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sneddon
  • 4O'Ware
  • 11Harkins
  • 15Robson
  • 17Slater
  • 18Mansell
  • 23De Vita
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,558

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 4, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 4, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Mansell (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  9. Post update

    Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Andrew Geggan replaces Alan Forrest.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Ayr United 4, Partick Thistle 1. Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Williamson.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Kelly (Ayr United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Saunders.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Harkins (Partick Thistle).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Kris Doolan replaces Craig Moore.