Partick Thistle 1-1 Ayr United as Celtic loan stars do battle

By David Walton

February 1, 2020

As deadline day continued to disappoint supporters last night, they could’ve been entertained more by watching the battle of the Celtic youngsters.

Indeed, Partick Thistle vs Ayr United was on live TV last night on BBC Scotland. And it was an interesting watch for Hoops fans. Both Lee O’Connor and Ross Doohan were in action. Both men are on loan deals with Partick and Ayr respectively.

O’Connor was making only his second appearance for Thistle. His debut came in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Arbroath. Doohan, meanwhile, is in his second season with United after spending last season at Somerset Park too. Already this term he’s managed to make 27 appearances (Transfermarkt).

Lee O’Connor (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Neither man was able to take the spoils last night, but it was perhaps more of a game to forget for O’Connor than it was for Doohan.

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The former Manchester United youngster may want to have a word with James Forrest when he’s next back at Lennoxtown. It was his brother Alan, who plays for Ayr, who seemed to go down a tad easily to win a penalty from O’Connor. He then slotted it home himself to cancel out Brian Graham’s first-half opener for Partick.

Not much Doohan could’ve done for goal

Doohan was helpless for that Graham goal too. A fine delivery from Joe Cardle to the back post had far too much venom on it for the on-loan Celt to come and collect. Graham had the simple job of knocking it home.

But there were positives for both men.

O’Connor did tremendously well to track back and stop the likes of Forrest getting any more joy throughout. Before the goal he hadn’t done anything wrong, and looked comfortable at Championship level. He’ll just be waiting on that first win at this point.

Celtic’s Ross Doohan (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

As for Doohan, he looked tremendous in the air. Thistle’s deliveries into the box outside of Cardle’s were mostly collected by the Ayr man. He really came to prominence in the final 15 minutes too. As Thistle launched several dangerous balls in, his decision-making and ability to come and collect was invaluable.

With regards to what the draw does for either man, it reads a lot better for Doohan. His Ayr side now sit joint-second having played a game more than Inverness who are locked with them. Partick, meanwhile, sit bottom of the table having played one more game than Alloa who sit above them with a point more.

It was an entertaining slog last night at Firhill, and both men can be pleased with how they performed in front of the cameras.