Ross County 1
Motherwell 2
League (Premiership)


Ross County
1 - 2
Motherwell 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Global Energy Stadium. Att. 3,012
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Liam Boyce (78)
Iain Vigurs (49)
John Sutton (54)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
Antonio Reguero
20. Jordi Balk
13. Darren Barr
5. Scott Boyd
36. Jackson Irvine
11. Melvin De Leeuw
7. Joe Cardle
40. Michael Gardyne
23. Graham Carey
4. Rocco Quinn
9. Jake Jervis
Dan Twardzik
Stephen McManus
Simon Ramsden
Mark O'Brien
Craig Reid
Josh Law
Paul Lawson
Keith Lasley
Iain Vigurs
Lee Erwin
John Sutton

Bench
21. Mark Brown
19. Jim Fenlon
10. Filip Kiss
14. Darren Maatsen
Richard Brittain
15. Yoann Arquin
16. Liam Boyce
Gunnar Neilsen
Stuart Carswell
Lionel Ainsworth
Robert McHugh
Zaine Francis-Angol
Robbie Leitch
Henrik Ojamaa

Substitutions
Yoann Arquin for Melvin De Leeuw (56)
Liam Boyce for Jake Jervis (66)
Darren Maatsen for Michael Gardyne (70)
Stuart Carswell for Paul Lawson (70)
Henrik Ojamaa for Lee Erwin (82)

Cautions
None. Mark O'Brien (29)
Keith Lasley (79)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven MacLean (Referee)


Match Report


Source unknown.

Two stunning Motherwell second-half goals ended a run of four straight defeats away to Ross County.

The home side dominated the first half with Michael Gardyne putting a shot just wide, but Motherwell gradually grew stronger.

Rocco Quinn had to clear off the line before Iain Vigurs' free-kick broke the deadlock after half-time.

John Sutton made it two with a 30-yard strike, but Liam Boyle made it a nervy finish when he bundled the ball home.

It leaves County still searching for their first point of the season despite Jim McIntyre taking charge for the first time following the exit of Derek Adams .

Motherwell, though, gained their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Stuart McCall made three changes to the Steelmen's starting line-up going into the game, while Ross County's Jim McIntyre's team features six new faces.

That included debuts for new signings Jackson Irvine and Darren Barr, while former County favourite Gardyne made his return to the club.

Motherwell had the first chance when John Sutton came close with a shot that whistled passed Antonio Reguero's left-hand post.

But, after that, County found their stride. First, Joe Cardle was found in space on the left wing.

He beat one man and sent a wicked-looking cross into the Motherwell box, but it went just behind striker Jake Jervis, who had looked poised to strike the opener.

A few minutes later, Gardyne came close. After weaving through the Motherwell box, he fired a powerful right-footed shot, but Dan Twardzik saved well at his right-hand post.

County's Rocco Quinn crossed to Melvin De Leeuw at the back post, but he wasn't able to get enough purchase on the header.

Motherwell came back into the match as the first half drew to a close.

Josh Law fired the ball towards the bottom right of Reguero's goal, but he palmed his effort away to safety.

Then former County player Iain Vigurs knocked the ball into Lee Erwin at the back post, but his header was cleared off the line.

Motherwell came out the traps at top speed after the restart. Vigurs lined up to take a free kick at the edge of the box and he curled his shot beautifully round the defensive wall and into the back of the net.

Minutes later, John Sutton added an equally impressive second. He chested the ball down just outside the penalty area and then sent a perfect left-footed volley into the County goal.

Following these two decisive Motherwell strikes, the game looked to be petering out, but County found some urgency again in the closing stages.

Liam Boyce pulled one back by blasting the ball into the Motherwell net from close range.

Quinn then came close to getting an equaliser as the final whistle approached, but goalkeeper Twardzik did well to dash County hopes by pulling off a great save to stop the ball finding the bottom corner.

While Motherwell will hope their victory will kick-start their season, there will be continued concern at County, who have now lost six league games in a row.




Squad Statistics (as at September 13th, 2014)


2014/15 All Time
Age
Antonio Reguero (GK)32 5 - 5 -
Jordi Balk20 5 - 5 -
Scott Boyd28 7 - 26012
Darren Barr29 1 - 1 -
Rocco Quinn28 7 - 10411
Graham Carey25 6 - 443
Michael Gardyne28 1 - 21247
Joe Cardle27 7 - 7 -
Melvin De Leeuw26 614110
Jackson Irvine21 1 - 1 -
Jake Jervis22 7272
Darren Maatsen (sub)23 2 - 141
Liam Boyce (sub)23 6363
Yoann Arquin (sub)26 6 - 224






League Table (as at September 13th, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.