Ayr United 0
Partick Thistle 3
League Play Off (Premiership (Semi Final 1st Leg))


Ayr United
0 - 3
Partick Thistle 

League Play Off (Premiership (Semi Final 1st Leg))
Friday, May 19th, 2023
Attendance: 7,012

Goalscorers
None. McMillan (16'minutes),
Graham (50'minutes, 72'minutes)

Team Managers
Lee Bullen
Kris Doolan

Starting Eleven
Charlie Albinson
Patrick Reading
Frankie Musonda
Sean McGinty
Daire OConnor
Andy Murdoch
Mark McKenzie
Ben Dempsey
Josh Mullin
Michael Hewitt
Chris Maguire
31 Mitchell
2 McMillan
22 Muirhead
5 Brownlie
4 Holt
6 Turner
23 Docherty
11 Lawless
7 Tiffoney
21 Fitzpatrick
9 GrahamS

Bench
Aiden McAdams
Alex Kirk
Carter Jenkins
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
Reece Mcalear
Nick McAllister
Sam Ashford
Fraser Bryden
Paul Smith
1 Sneddon
10 Dowds
15 McKinnon
19 Mullen
25 Owens
29 Mackenzie
30 Stevenson

Substitutions
Nick McAllister for Michael Hewitt (55)
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson for Josh Mullin (55)
Sam Ashford for Daire OConnor (73)
Paul Smith for Chris Maguire (73)
Fraser Bryden for Mark McKenzie (84)
11 Lawless for McKinnon 83'
7 Tiffoney for Dowds 79'
21 Fitzpatrick for Mackenzie 73'
9 Graham for Mullen 79'

Cautions
Ben Dempsey
Josh Mullin
McMillan

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Greg Itken (Referee)




Photography by SNS Group

Match Report


Partick Thistle will take a three-goal lead to Ayr United after a commanding first-leg display in their Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final.

Jack McMillan squeezed in a near-post finish to put Kris Doolan's side one up at the break at a joyous Firhill.

Brian Graham then made up for an earlier miss by tucking in to double the advantage before the striker's cushioned finish added a third.

The second leg takes place at Somerset Park next Friday.

Ayr, without 24-goal forward Dipo Akinyemi due to illness, failed to create enough in attack with their star striker missing, but Lee Bullen's men came close to pulling one back in the dying seconds when Paul Smith crashed a free-kick off the bar.

The visitors, playing their first game for a fortnight, looked sluggish throughout and struggled to deal with the intensity of the home side, who have now lost just once in 16 games under Doolan's stewardship.

Partick Thistle manager Kris Doolan: "We got what we deserved, it could have been five or six if we took our chances.

"Going forward, we're creative and we showed we're clinical as well. But we won't treat the tie as being over. We won't sit in and observe pressure. We'll go to Somerset looking to win."

Ayr Utd manager Lee Bullen: "I'm really disappointed with the goals we conceded. We're all unhappy at the moment, but that's credit to Thistle.

"It's down to mindset now. We've got the ability [to turn it around]. We created one or two chances ourselves which gives us optimism."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at May 19th, 2023)


2022-23 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)26 39 - 50 -
Sean McGinty29 413764
Frankie Musonda25 292292
Patrick Reading23 45 - 1103
Andy Murdoch - 3321396
Daire OConnor26 301552
Michael Hewitt22 17 - 30 -
Josh Mullin - 259259
Ben Dempsey23 458528
Mark McKenzie22 4151139
Chris Maguire - 14 - 14 -
Nick McAllister (sub)22 321451
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (sub) - 332332
Paul Smith (sub)21 23 - 32 -
Fraser Bryden (sub)18 202323
Sam Ashford (sub)27 403535






League Table (as at May 19th, 2023)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Dundee 35 17 12 6 63
2. Ayr United 36 16 10 10 58
3. Queen's Park 36 17 7 12 58
4. Morton 36 15 12 9 57
5. ICT 36 15 10 11 55
6. Partick Thistle 35 15 9 11 54
7. Raith Rovers 36 11 10 15 43
8. Arbroath 36 6 16 14 34
9. Hamilton Academical 36 7 10 19 31
10. Cove Rangers 36 7 10 19 31