in Match Reports September 19, 2016
Kilmarnock took on Partick Thistle at home on Saturday 17th September with the teams sharing the points from a 2-2 draw. Alan Cochrane provided our match report from Rugby Park.
Over 4000 paying customers at Rugby Park saw Killie go ahead twice, only to be pegged back each time by Partick Thistle, in a rousing encounter which saw both teams go for all three points.
Thistle showed their intent from the start with a David Amoo shot in 17 seconds which was blocked by his fellow striker Kris Doolan getting in the way and diverting the strike wide. Next up it was Doolan who shot wide after a good approach play by Amoo, who was a constant threat down the right hand side for the whole of the first half.
With 10 minutes gone, Souleymane Coulibaly tried to repeat last week's overhead hitch kick at Dundee, and it took a good diving save from Ryan Scully to turn the shot round the post. Gary Dicker had a powerful header from a Dean Hawkshaw corner blocked away, but the Partick defence couldn't stop Killie taking the lead after 15 minutes. The old gunslinger Kris Boyd was fastest to react when Thistle couldn't get the ball clear, and his toe poke from six yards zipped past the helpless keeper.
Partick came roaring back, and Doolan must have expected to score when he was through one on one with Jamie MacDonald, but the Killie keeper did well to narrow the angle and block his shot away with his right foot. However, just after the half hour the visitors did draw level. Lawless was first to the near post, met a cross from the right, and swept the ball into the net.
Before the break, Coulibaly had another good shot touched round the post by the diving Ryan Scully, so at half time it was Kilmarnock 1 Partick Thistle 1.
Going into the second half, Thistle again started strongly, and Callum Booth rampaging down the left wing had a good shot well saved by MacDonald, but Coulibaly was again raising the ante for the home side. He had one shot well saved by the Partick keeper and another go wide, but in the 65th minute he outjumped two bigger Partick defenders to plant a header into the net, and re-establish Killie's one goal advantage.
Partick were as determined as Killie and MacDonald was soon having to save at close range to keep Killie ahead, but he could do nothing about a Lindsay first time volley from a Chris Erskine free kick from the right in 81 minutes.
Boyd had a late free kick go over the bar, but with about 15 seconds left, Jamie MacDonald had a terrific save from an Ade Azeez close range lob which ensured that the points were shared.
When asked for his view at the end, Lee Clark started with one word. “Frustration."
"We scored two goals at home, created numerous chances, but we didn't win the game. From our point of view, the goals we conceded were disappointing. The second goal was a continuation of a similar type of goal we conceded last week at Dundee, so a bit of work is required there. But, we are making progress. We've got strikers in form, we’re creating good chances, and we just have to get these elusive clean sheets to turn draws into wins. It was an exciting game but we’re a little bit disappointed that we only took one point.”
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, McKenzie, Dicker, K Boyd, S Smith (M Smith)(Jones), Burn, Hawkshaw, Hendrie, Coulibaly, Frizzell (Tyson), S Boyd
Partick Thistle: Scully, Booth, Lindsay, Osman, Amoo (Azeez), Doolan (Welsh), Erskine (Elloit), Lawless, Devine, Edwards, Gordon
Referee: Andrew Dallas
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