Ross County 2 - 1 Heart of Midlothian  (League)

Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 4,059
Referee: Euan Norris
Ross County v Heart of Midlothian, Sep 21st 2013, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  Heart of Midlothian

Goalscorers
Melvin De Leeuw (88)
Richard Brittain (91)
Callum Paterson (23)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Mihael Kovacevic
Ben Gordon
Scott Boyd
Brian McLean
Stuart Kettlewell
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Steven Ross
Graham Carey
Ivan Sproule
Jamie MacDonald
Jamie Hamill
Kevin McHattie
Danny Wilson
Dylan McGowan
Scott Robinson
Callum Paterson
Jamie Walker
Jason Holt
Brad McKay
David Smith

Bench
Michael Fraser
Branislav Micic
Steven Saunders
Grant Munro
Melvin De Leeuw
Darren Maatsen
Gary Glen
Mark Ridgers
Dale Carrick
Billy King
Callum Tapping
Sam Nicholson
Gary Oliver
Jordan McGhee

Substitutions
Melvin De Leeuw for Rocco Quinn (72)
Gary Glen for Ivan Sproule (77)
Billy King for David Smith (77)
Sam Nicholson for Jamie Walker (72)

Bookings
Ben Gordon (36)
Graham Carey (49)
Jamie Hamill (30)
Kevin McHattie (72)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 24 apps -
Ben Gordon 8 apps -
Scott Boyd 227 apps11 goals
Brian McLean 7 apps -
Mihael Kovacevic 40 apps -
Steven Ross 16 apps1 goal
Stuart Kettlewell 135 apps9 goals
Graham Carey 8 apps1 goal
Richard Brittain 215 apps46 goals
Rocco Quinn 74 apps10 goals
Ivan Sproule 20 apps7 goals
Melvin De Leeuw (sub) 7 apps1 goal
Gary Glen (sub) 30 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (20 years 28 days)
Oldest Player:Ivan Sproule (32 years 223 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 101 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (20 years 28 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (33 years 14 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 256 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Melvin De Leeuw scored his first goal for the Club.

Melvin de Leeuw and Richard Brittain scored in the last few minutes to give Ross County a 2-1 victory over Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Callum Paterson scored in the first half to put rock-bottom Hearts in front, and the hosts left it until the 89th minute to draw level through De Leeuw. And two minutes into added time De Leeuw set up Brittain to give County all three points.

County had started the game well - Ivan Sproule was almost through on goal early on until Kevin McHattie's perfectly-timed tackle.

Brittain was well wide with an early sighter, before Graham Carey found the head of Scott Boyd but the defender's effort flew well over.

Steven Ross turned sharply and fired just wide, and County had a penalty appeal waved away on 19 when Brad McKay and Ross tangled in the box.

It was against the run of play then when Hearts took the lead on 23. McHattie whipped a ball into the box and Paterson tucked the ball past Mark Brown from six yards.

County were almost caught out again in the 32nd minute when Paterson raced on to a long ball over the top but this time he shot wide.

But County continued to batter at the door until half-time, and again after the break, Ross shooting wastefully high and wide on 55.

Hearts were occasionally able to break out, and on the hour mark they should have gone 2-0 up.

Jason Holt got to the byline but his cut-back was slightly behind Paterson who could only deflect the ball wide of Brown's left-hand post.

De Leeuw and Gary Glen came off the bench and it was the former who turned the game on its head.

With a minute left, Brittain swung over a deep cross from the right touchline and sub Melvin De Leeuw headed in at the back post.

And it got even better for County in the second minute of stoppage time when the roles were reversed.

De Leeuw fired over a cross from the left and Richard Brittain headed powerfully into the net for an unlikely winner, though on the balance of play the hosts deserved the points.

Programme cover / Team sheet