Ross County 1
St Johnstone 2
League (Premiership)

Ross County
1 - 2
St Johnstone 

League (Premiership)
Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 3,267
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jake Jervis (55)
Michael O'Halloran (31)
Steven MacLean (48)

Team Managers
Derek Adams
Tommy Wright

Starting Eleven
Antonio Reguero
3. Uros Celcer
2. Tim Dreesen
5. Scott Boyd
19. Jim Fenlon
Richard Brittain
4. Rocco Quinn
23. Graham Carey
10. Filip Kiss
15. Yoann Arquin
9. Jake Jervis
Alan Manus
Dave McKay
Tom Scobbie
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Chris Millar
Garry McDonald
Steven MacLean
David Wotherspoon
Scott Brown
Michael O'Halloran

21. Mark Brown
20. Jordi Balk
Steven Saunders
11. Melvin De Leeuw
14. Darren Maatsen
7. Joe Cardle
16. Liam Boyce
Steve Banks
Liam Caddis
Gary Miller
Lee Croft
Chris Kane
Alastair Gilchrist
Adam Morgan

Melvin De Leeuw for Rocco Quinn (69)
Joe Cardle for Filip Kiss (77)
Liam Boyce for Jake Jervis (85)
Liam Caddis for David Wotherspoon (73)
Michael O'Halloran for Lee Croft (82)
Steven MacLean for Chris Kane (90)

Tim Dreesen
Yoann Arquin

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Kevin Clancy (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County opened their Scottish Premiership campaign with a hard-fought defeat at the hands of St Johnstone at the Global Energy Stadium.

Saints, who sold Stevie May to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, went ahead through Michael O'Halloran's strike.

And last season's Scottish Cup final goalscorer Steven MacLean headed the Perth side's second after the interval.

Debutant Jake Jervis nodded one back for County but Derek Adams' men were unable to find a leveller.

And with the three points, Saints made up for the disappointment of Europa League elimination at the hands of Spartak Trnava on Thursday.

County's line-up featured five new players after a busy summer of recruitment at Victoria Park.

And they threatened early on with Filip Kiss, Yoann Arquin and Tim Dreesen having shots charged down before Jervis was denied by goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

At the other end, David Wotherspoon's free-kick flew narrowly over,

However,before too long, the visitors had the lead as captain Dave Mackay's cross was swept home by O'Halloran.

Michael O'Halloran despatched the ball into the net to give Saints the lead

The hosts were almost level when Graham Carey ran at the Saints' defence and saw his shot brilliantly touched onto the crossbar by Alan Mannus.

The second half was barely minutes old when St Johnstone scored their second.

Scott Brown fired a ball into the penalty area and Steven MacLean was first to react with a diving header past Antonio Reguero.

County were thrown a lifeline when a deep cross from Yoann Arquin was met by Jervis, who climbed at the back post to head home.

Jervis then set up Filip Kiss for a shot that was far too high.

Claims for a Ross County penalty were turned away following Tam Scobbie's challenge on Jervis and the home side kept pushing in the closing stages.

Squad Statistics (as at August 10th, 2014)

2014/15 All Time
Antonio Reguero (GK)32 1 - 1 -
Tim Dreesen27 1 - 1 -
Uros Celcer25 1 - 1 -
Jim Fenlon20 1 - 1 -
Scott Boyd28 1 - 25412
Rocco Quinn27 1 - 9811
Richard Brittain30 1 - 24650
Filip Kiss23 1 - 186
Graham Carey25 1 - 393
Jake Jervis22 1111
Yoann Arquin26 1 - 174
Joe Cardle (sub)27 1 - 1 -
Melvin De Leeuw (sub)26 1 - 369
Liam Boyce (sub)23 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 10th, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.