Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock remain level on points behind the top two in Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 after playing out a draw at Petershill Park. An own goal from Lynne Jackson looked to have given Kilmarnock all three points but Mhairi Lyle’s leveller ensured the Jags would earn a share of the spoils.
Killie had the first real chance of the game after 21 minutes when Lisa Swanson played the ball through to Clare Docherty, but she could only fire her shot against the post before failing to convert the rebound.
After a quiet first half, Thistle began the second brightly and had their first effort on target with Loren Christie’s header easily held by Lauren McGregor.
The game was far from a classic but got the goal it needed with just over 15 minutes remaining as Kilmarnock took the lead. Docherty played the ball out wide to Abby Robinson whose cross into the middle was diverted into her own net by Jackson.
Christie had a chance from a free-kick; however, her effort was straight at McGregor as Killie held on to their slender advantage going in to the last ten minutes.
The Ayrshire side had a good chance to level the scores when substitute Suzanne MacTaggart sent Lauren Sloan in on goal, but her effort was saved and that miss would prove costly as Thistle raced down the other end to equalise. Lyle got in behind down the right wing and her cross managed to evade the Killie keeper and find its way into the far corner of the net.
Partick nearly had the lead themselves a minute later when Sophie Gallacher took aim, but her shot was parried away by McGregor. The striker then glanced a header wide as the hosts upped the ante.
John Doyle’s side really should have won the game in stoppage time when Vicky Chung’s clearance went straight to Christie, but the winger’s effort flew over the bar as the two sides had to settle for a point.
Thistle play their game in hand next Sunday when they host Dundee United while Killie’s final league game comes in a fortnight, as they welcome Hamilton to Rugby Park.
Partick Thistle: Caddell; Jackson, Addie, Donnelly, McGlashan; Bisland (Lyle, 84); Christie, Mallon, Rigden, Paterson (Hawksworth, 68); Gallacher
Kilmarnock: McGregor; Chung, Burrows, Neil, A. Docherty; Munro (Baird, 57), Harty (Sloan, 64), Fleming, C. Docherty, Robinson (Chun, 83); Swanson (MacTaggart, 75)