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Scottish Premiership

Firhill Stadium (ATT 4,310) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Madden

Partick Partick Thistle vs Kilmarnock Kilmarnock

Partick 1

A Muirhead (pen 11)

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Kilmarnock 1

K Boyd (48)

Scottish Premiership: Kris Boyd's second-half header gave Kilmarnock a 1-1 draw at Partick

Last Updated: 21/09/13 6:33pm

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Kris Boyd: Heads home Kilmarnock's equaliser

Kris Boyd: Heads home Kilmarnock's equaliser

Scottish Premiership strugglers Kilmarnock are still searching for their first win of the season after a 1-1 draw at Partick Thistle.

But Killie produced a spirited second-half display at Firhill, having been dominated in the first half, and Kris Boyd's 47th minute header earned them a share of the spoils.

Partick had the ball in the net after just five minutes through a close-range Kris Doolan effort but the goal was disallowed because of handball in the build-up.

However, the hosts did not have to wait long to take the lead, Aaron Muirhead (11) scoring confidently from the penalty spot after Manuel Pascali was penalised for a high challenge on Steven Lawless.

Thistle continued to hold sway and Lawless tested Craig Samson with a half-volley and then narrowly missed the target with a curling effort.

And Samson also pulled off a superb reflex save to turn a very well-struck Doolan effort around the post.

Kilmarnock then produced their best move of the opening half and it ended with Barry Nicholson heading wide from a Sean Clohessy cross.

Pascali then had a shot saved by Scott Fox but Partick went close again, in between those chances, Samson tipping a Kallum Higginbotham header over the bar.

Kilmarnock hit back

However, Kilmarnock made a flying start to the second-half, Boyd getting on the end of a Clohessy cross and beating Fox with a fine header.

Boyd almost scored again moments later but Fox pulled off a tremendous save this time after the striker had been found by Michael Gardyne.

The busy Fox then pulled off another great stop, denying Ismael Bouzid when the Killie man met a Nicholson corner.

And Boyd then threatened yet again, shooting just over the crossbar from 25 yards out, but the hosts were also chasing a winner and Doolan got on the end of a nice pass over the top, only for his low shot to be saved by Samson.

Partick substitute Christie Elliot then latched onto a pass from Aaron Sinclair and was unlucky to see his shot from the edge of the box come back off the post.

Sinclair whipped a cross through the box, Doolan not quite able to get on the end of it, before Elliot went close once more with just four minutes left, only for Samson to produce another smart save.

And Killie sub Mark Stewart made a great challenge in stoppage-time to foil Elliot and ensure both sides finished with a point.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 17 38
2 Dundee United 17 34
3 Aberdeen 17 34
4 Hamilton Academical 17 33
5 Inverness CT 17 32
6 St Johnstone 17 26
7 Dundee 17 21
8 Kilmarnock 17 21
9 Partick Thistle 17 20
10 Motherwell 17 14
11 Ross County 17 9
12 St Mirren 17 8

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