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Match Report: Partick Thistle 4-0 Ayr United

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Thistle comfortably saw off Ayr United at Firhill with an impressive attacking performance that saw the jags notch up four goals.

Jackie McNamara made one enforced change to the side that had lined up against Ross County last Saturday, super sub from that game Chris Erskine came in replacing the injured Tommy Stewart. Ayr United featured former Thistle favourites John Robertson and Mark Roberts, the latter captaining the away side.

Thistle suffered an early setback after only fifteen minutes when Scott Robertson went down after controlling the ball. No one was near him but he looked in serious pain and had to be stretchered off the park. Conrad Balatoni came on to replace him.

Paul Cairney had an excellent chance after he escaped a few challenges, but he ran into more defenders and when he managed to get his shot away it was weak and the ‘keeper palmed it away.

Former jag Mark Roberts almost opened the scoring for the away side when he got his head to the end of a cross and with a free header and fox beaten his header fortunately struck the post.

Kyle Hutton, making his home debut since joining on loan from Rangers tried his luck moments later but his shot was just wide of the post.

Aaron Sinclair has been searching for his first Thistle goal and he almost found it in fortunate circumstances, His cross sailing over everyone and forcing Cuthbert to make a save to stop it floating into the net.

With the rain belting down, Thistle continued to push but despite some good runs and a couple of half chances the Ayr defence stayed strong and the teams went in 0-0 at half time.

Only a few minutes into the second half and Thistle were ahead, Kris Doolan done great to close down the Ayr defender and win possession and he slid the ball to Rowson who’s shot found the net when the Ayr defender got his feet muddled and deflected it in. Could be one for the dubious goals panel but we’ll give it to Rowser.

Ayr had a chance to equalise but Scott Fox made a fine double save to deny Moffat and then Roberts before Cairney came close at the other end with a curled shot.

The goal seemed to give Thistle confidence and it was soon 2-0. Rowson involved again. He skipped a few challenges before sliding the ball to Elliot who cut inside and fired a shot at goal. It looked to be heading in but was cleared off the line by the Ayr defender however it fell to the feet of Cairney at the edge of the box and he lashed it into the net.

Thistle continued to push, Doolan and Elliot both coming close before some good running again from Rowson led to the third and again Elliot set it up. Rowson played the ball to the striker who neatly slipped the ball to Erskine who made no mistake to score his second in as many games.

Hutton nearly made it four as the Ayr fans streamed from the stadium, his shot from the edge of the box forcing a brilliant fingertip save from Cuthbert.

The same player had another shot moments later but failed to find the target as The Jags looked for the fourth.

Iain Flannigan who had come on for Paul Cairney almost found it after linking up with Erskine but the keeper made a double save from his shot and then headed rebound.

The fourth goal did come in injury time. Thistle were awarded a penalty after Erskine had been brought down in the box and bravely, after his miss against Falkirk, Kris Doolan stepped up and found the net.

It was the last action of the match as the ref blew the whistle on an impressive Thistle win. Thistle looked comfortable throughout and played some good attacking football especially in the second half.

Partick: Fox, Paton, Scott Robertson (Balatoni 17), Archibald (O’Donnell 66), Sinclair, Cairney (Flannigan 82), Rowson, Hutton, Erskine, Doolan, Elliot.
Subs Not Used: Scully, Bannigan.

Ayr: Cuthbert, Duff (Wardlaw 69), John Robertson, Campbell, Malone, McGowan, Geggan, McKernan, Connolly (Trouten 57), Moffat, Roberts (Tiffoney 76).
Subs Not Used: McWilliams, Smith.

Att: 2,639

Ref: Stevie O’Reilly

Written by The Harry Wraggs | www.theharrywraggs.co.uk | Match Photos by Patrick McGuire

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