Soccer

Harry McHugh nets Ayr winner in thrilling victory against Partick

Kurt Willoughby also struck on his first start for the club.

Ayr came out on top in a seven-goal thriller
Stock image of seven footballs Ayr came out on top in a seven-goal thriller (Dave Howarth/PA)

Kurt Willoughby and Harry McHugh scored on their first starts for Ayr in a thrilling 4-3 win over Partick Thistle.

Nick McAllister gave the Honest Men a 15th-minute lead, following up after Mark McKenzie’s shot was blocked.

Brian Graham, the Championship’s leading scorer, levelled just past the half-hour mark but Oldham loanee Willoughby scored twice late in the first half to earn a 3-1 interval lead.

Thistle roared back in the second half to level again through Tomi Adeloye and Harry Milne, the latter with a cross that found its way straight in.

But McHugh joined Willoughby in scoring his first Ayr goal to settle a topsy-turvy win.