Ross County 1 - 2 St Johnstone  (League)

Sunday, August 10th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 3,267
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Ross County v St Johnstone, Aug 10th 2014, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  St Johnstone

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

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

Bench
Mark Brown
Steven Saunders
Jordi Balk
Joe Cardle
Melvin De Leeuw
Darren Maatsen
Liam Boyce
Steve Banks
Liam Caddis
Gary Miller
Lee Croft
Chris Kane
Alastair Gilchrist
Adam Morgan

Substitutions
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)

Bookings
Tim Dreesen
Yoann Arquin
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Antonio Reguero (GK) 1 app (debut) -
Scott Boyd 254 apps12 goals
Jim Fenlon 1 app (debut) -
Uros Celcer 1 app (debut) -
Tim Dreesen 1 app (debut) -
Graham Carey 39 apps3 goals
Filip Kiss 18 apps6 goals
Richard Brittain 246 apps50 goals
Rocco Quinn 98 apps11 goals
Yoann Arquin 17 apps4 goals
Jake Jervis 1 app (debut)1 goal
Melvin De Leeuw (sub) 36 apps9 goals
Joe Cardle (sub) -
Liam Boyce (sub) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim Fenlon (20 years 165 days)
Oldest Player:Antonio Reguero (32 years 45 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 161 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jordi Balk (20 years 111 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 171 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 15 days

First Team Debuts
Antonio Reguero(Signed June 16th, 2014)
Jake Jervis(Signed June 7th, 2014)
Jim Fenlon(Signed July 21st, 2014)
Tim Dreesen(Signed July 18th, 2014)
Uros Celcer(Signed August 1st, 2014)
Joe Cardle(Signed May 20th, 2014)
Liam Boyce(Signed June 13th, 2014)

Milestones
Jake Jervis scored his first goal for the Club.

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.

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