Fri 14 January, 2022. Kick Off: - 19:45
Ross Docherty's equaliser 4 minutes from the end earned Thistle a point when it looked as if a controversial penalty for handball converted by Shaw just before the hour mark would be enough to give Kilmarnock the points.
Hemming palms the corner away and when Thistle return the ball into the box the most unpopular man inside Firhill collects it.
Kilmarnock break and Thistle are under some pressure. The break of the ball looks going against Thistle and presenting Killie with a chance until Akinola steps in to clear.
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MacIver flicks on but Graham can't keep his shot down.
All of a sudden Thistle have the scent of a winner as Holt volleys over from the edge of the box.
Thistle are level. Mayo charges forward from the back and pushes a pass to Docherty to his right. Docherty's effort from just outside the box leaves Hemming with no chance.
Hemming takes charge and claims Turner's corner while under little pressure.
Tiffoney manages to find space inside the box but makes a mess of his cross.
MacIver wins a flick on but Foster can't get on the end of it and Hemming collects. Thistle don't look like finding an equaliser at the moment.
Tiffoney gets the ball in a good position deep inside the Kilmarnock half but over hits his pass looking for Graham's forward run.
Some fairly blatant play attacking from the Killie keeper, which is fooling nobody, holds the game up.
Turner's corner is flicked away from goal by a Killie defender.
Graham is again involved for Thistle but he can't get enough curl on his shot from the left hand side of the Kilmarnock box is get the ball beyond Hemming.
Graham comes deep to win the ball and passes to Tiffoney. Tiffoney looks for a free kick as he tries to wriggle his way towards goal but referee Walsh is uninterested,
A low shot from the edge of the box from Graham is too straight to trouble Hemming.
The corner finds Taylor at the back post but it is an easy save for Sneddon.
Shaw slams the penalty home.
A cross strikes the trailing hand of Foster and the visitors are given the softest of soft penalties.
Great chance for Killie. After a Hendry shot is blocked the ball spins right to Shaw but he can only stab the ball straight at Sneddon.
A Tiffoney cross is a shade too high for Rudden.
A McKenzie shot is blocked by Foster near the edge of the Thistle 6 yard box.
Thistle have got stronger as the game progressed and will feel slightly unfortunate not to take a narrow lead into the dressing room at half-time.
A net bound Smith was deflected away from goal with half-time just two minutes away after Rudden had earlier spurned a good opportunity following a Docherty cross.
It's been anything but one way traffic however and Sneddon had to be at his pest to push an Alston shot away on the 20 minute mark.
Sneddon gets a strong hand to a cross from the left with Bannigan on hand to complete the clearance.
Smith's corner is cleared. Thistle are well on top at the moment and probably don't want to hear the half-time whistle.
Bannigan picks out Holt with a great pass. Holt in turn finds Smith with his cross and his shot is deflected wide.
Hemming is quickly off his line to claim Smith's corner at the edge of his 6 yard box.
A Foster cross is flicked on into the path of Holt but his touch is poor and isn't able to manage an effort on goal.
Best chance yet for Thistle. Docherty crosses from the right and Rudden has space as he gets away from his marker but he doesn't get enough on his shot allowing Hemming to save.
It's Bannigan with the corner on the right and it is a good one but the referee spots an infringement and awards Killie a free kick.
Smith and Rudden exchange passes giving Rudden an opportunity but Hemming is quickly off his line to block Rudden's effort though Thistle do earn a corner.
A low Rudden cross is thumped to safety.
Foster crosses from the right that Smith is able to get his head too but his glancing header is well wide of Hemming's right hand post.
Shaw has an effort for Killie but as the ball bounces in front of him he can do little more than lift a shot tamely over Sneddon's crossbar.
Thistle are less than convincing in getting the corner away but the immediate danger is cleared.
Killie are close to opening the scoring. Alston finds room inside the box and is takes an excellent save from Sneddon to palm the ball away from goal.
Taylor totally misjudges a ball lumped forward by Mayo. Rudden is quickly on the ball but the flag goes up for offside.
Thistle are able to threaten though and Bannigan touches the ball to Docherty whose shot is blocked by a defender.
The Thistle fans are trying to generate some kind of atmosphere but the action on the pitch is very scrappy at the moment.
Sneddon looses a grip of a cross as he is barged to the ground by Taylor with the referee awarding Thistle an obvious free kick despite Taylor's pleas of innocence.
There are shouts for handball at the edge of the box as Smith is challenged after collecting a Rudden flick on.
Tiffoney has a shot from outside the box that goes wide of target.
Smith takes the corner and it is delivered into a good area inside the six yard box but it is well defended and headed clear.
Tiffoney wins Thistle the first corner of the game.
And Thistle are on the front foot early on as Smith sees a shot blocked by a defender.
Kilmarnock kick the game off. Thistle will be shooting towards the John Lambie Stand in the first half.
Another calendar year of football at Firhill begins with the visit of Kilmarnock.
Sadly Covid regulations means that there will be a maximum of just 500 Thistle fans inside the stadium for a fixture that under normal circumstances would have attracted a large and noisy crowd.
It's still a potentially highly significant fixture despite the lack of numbers and Ian McCall has made two changes to the side that started at Hamilton at the weekend.
Into the starting eleven come Stuart Bannigan and Cammy Smith while Kyle Turner and Brian Graham drop to the bench.