Ayr United 4
Partick Thistle 3
League (Championship)


Ayr United
4 - 3
Partick Thistle 

League (Championship)
Tuesday, February 27th, 2024
Somerser Park
Attendance: 2,227

Goalscorers
Nick McAllister (15)
Kurt Willoughby (43)
Kurt Willoughby (45)
Harry McHugh (84)
Graham (33'), Adeloye (78'), Sanders (83'og)

Team Managers
Scott Brown
Kris Doolan

Starting Eleven
Josh Clarke
5. Sean McGinty
4. Frankie Musonda
21. Harry McHugh
15. Jamie Murphy
8. Ben Dempsey
22. Mark McKenzie
17. Nick McAllister
23. Jack Sanders
9. Kurt Willoughby
30. Fraser Bryden
25 Stewart
2 McMillan
5 Muirhead
6 Neilson
3 Milne
8 Bannigan
7 McInroy
19 McBeth
11 Lawless
9 Graham
21 itzpatrick

Bench
1. Charlie Albinson
20. Roy Syla
24. Scott Tomlinson
10. Aiden McGeady
18. Paul Smith
27. Max Guthrie
17. Franny Amartey
4 Williams
12 Ngwenya
17 Robinson
23 Alston
26 Stanway
29 Mackenzie
31 Mitchell
34 Diack
99 Adeloye

Substitutions
Roy Syla for Mark McKenzie (75)
Scott Tomlinson for Jamie Murphy (76)
Franny Amartey for Kurt Willoughby (82)
8 Bannigan for Adeloye at 63'
7 McInroy for Robinson at 57'

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Graham Grainger (Referee)





Match Report


In a dramatic display of football, Ayr United clinched a narrow victory against Partick Thistle, ending the game with a 4-3 scoreline. The match featured an outstanding debut by Kurt Willoughby, who netted twice, propelling Ayr United to triumph. With this win, Ayr United ascends to fifth in the league standings, narrowing the gap to the promotion play-off spots, while Partick Thistle holds onto the third position.

Match Highlights and Turning Points
The game kicked off with Ayr United taking an early lead through Nick McAllister, setting the tone for a competitive match. However, Brian Graham quickly equalized for Partick Thistle, celebrating his 150th appearance with a goal. Before the halftime whistle, Kurt Willoughby emerged as Ayr's hero, scoring two crucial goals and pushing Ayr United ahead with a 3-1 lead. The second half saw Partick Thistle mounting a comeback with goals from Tomi Adeloye and a disappointing own goal by Jack Sanders, which leveled the score at 3-3. The tie was broken when Harry McHugh scored a late goal for Ayr United, sealing their victory.

Willoughby's Debut and Team Performances
Kurt Willoughby's debut was nothing short of spectacular, with the striker finding the back of the net twice, showcasing his potential and goal-scoring skills. Both teams displayed resilience, with Partick Thistle's comeback highlighting their fighting spirit. However, Ayr United's ability to secure the win under pressure was commendable, with McHugh's late goal demonstrating their determination to climb up the league table.

Implications for the League Standings
This victory places Ayr United in a more favorable position to contend for a promotion play-off spot, now just five points away. Partick Thistle, despite the loss, remains in a strong position but must address defensive vulnerabilities exposed by Ayr United's attack. The match's outcome could have significant implications for both teams as the season progresses, with the league standings tightly contested.

The thrilling encounter between Ayr United and Partick Thistle not only entertained fans but also showcased the unpredictability and competitiveness of the league. Kurt Willoughby's remarkable debut will be remembered as a key factor in Ayr United's victory, while both teams look forward to the challenges ahead in their quest for promotion.

Match report written by BNN



Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2024)


2023-24 All Time
Age
Josh Clarke (GK) - 2 - 2 -
Harry McHugh - 3131
Frankie Musonda26 151453
Sean McGinty30 3311105
Nick McAllister23 242703
Mark McKenzie23 30314412
Ben Dempsey24 2237511
Jamie Murphy - 297297
Jack Sanders - 4 - 4 -
Fraser Bryden19 284607
Kurt Willoughby - 5252
Roy Syla (sub)23 242242
Scott Tomlinson (sub) - 11 - 12 -
Franny Amartey (sub)24 251251






League Table (as at February 27th, 2024)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Dundee United 25 15 6 4 51
2. Raith Rovers 25 15 6 4 51
3. Partick Thistle 25 10 8 7 38
4. Morton 25 10 7 8 37
5. Ayr United 26 9 5 12 32
6. Airdrieonians 24 9 4 11 31
7. Queen's Park 26 8 6 12 30
8. Dunfermline Athletic 25 7 8 10 29
9. ICT 26 6 9 11 27
10. Arbroath 25 5 5 15 20