By Des McKeown at Rugby Park
A five-star performance from Alan Archibald’s players resulted in Partick Thistle leapfrogging Kilmarnock in a game that they ran out clear winners.
Kris Doolan started the rout on seven minutes when he stepped onto a cute reverse pass from Stevie Lawless to slip the ball beyond Jamie MacDonald.
The same player made it 2-0 on 15 minutes when he nodded a Gary Fraser free-kick back across MacDonald and into the keeper’s net.
The hosts got back into the game eight minutes later when Josh Magennis hammered a volley home from a Conrad Balatoni cross.
The visitors regained their two-goal lead, however, seven minutes into the second half when Gary Fraser controlled the ball at the back post and drilled home before Robbie Muirhead got into the act with the best goal of the game to make it 4-1.
The ex-Killie striker picked the ball up on the right-hand side of the pitch before working his way into the central area where he unleashed an unstoppable left-foot strike into Jamie MacDonald’s top left-hand corner.
With Thistle now dominating proceedings the hosts gave themselves a lifeline on 72 minutes through Josh Magennis’ second of the match – this time a looping header.
But, any hope they had of a comeback was extinguished when Muirhead again found the net only three minutes later. This time, it was a controlled left-foot volley into the bottom corner.
That’s now only one defeat in the last seven for Partick Thistle whereas Kilmarnock have only taken one point out of the last 12.