Ross County 3 - 2 Motherwell  (League)

Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 3,233
Referee: Calum Murray
Ross County v Motherwell, Feb 14th 2015, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Motherwell

Goalscorers
Martin Woods (34)
Paul Quinn (58)
Raffaele De Vita (62)
Conor Grant (54)
Fraser Kerr (78)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Marcus Fraser
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Scott Boyd
Jackson Irvine
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Raffaele De Vita
Craig Curran
Liam Boyce
George Long
Craig Reid
Anthony Straker
Fraser Kerr
Stephen McManus
Simon Ramsden
Keith Lasley
Conor Grant
John Sutton
Nathan Thomas
Lee Erwin

Bench
Antonio Reguero
Cameron Burgess
Tony Dingwall
Joe Cardle
Filip Kiss
Darvydas Sernas
Kyle MacLeod
Dan Twardzik (gk)
Marvin Johnson
Lionel Ainsworth
Craig Moore
Stuart Carswell
Josh Law
Thomas Dominic

Substitutions
Tony Dingwall for Raffaele De Vita (70)
Filip Kiss for Michael Gardyne (83)
Darvydas Sernas for Craig Curran (94)
Marvin Johnson - Nathan Thomas (59)
Craig Moore - Keith Lasley (65)
Lionel Ainsworth - Conor Grant (87)

Bookings
Jackson Irvine (56)
Jamie Reckord (65)
Marcus Fraser (69)
Tony Dingwall (77)
Simon Ramsden (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 60 apps -
Marcus Fraser 4 apps -
Scott Boyd 275 apps12 goals
Paul Quinn 17 apps3 goals
Jamie Reckord 14 apps -
Jackson Irvine 19 apps1 goal
Martin Woods 15 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne 225 apps49 goals
Raffaele De Vita 1 app (debut)1 goal
Liam Boyce 21 apps4 goals
Craig Curran 6 apps1 goal
Tony Dingwall (sub) 12 apps2 goals
Filip Kiss (sub) 39 apps6 goals
Darvydas Sernas (sub) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 241 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 359 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 228 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Burgess (19 years 121 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 359 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 2 days

First Team Debuts
Raffaele De Vita(Signed January 30th, 2015)
Darvydas Sernas(Signed January 27th, 2015)

Milestones
Martin Woods scored his first goal for the Club.
Raffaele De Vita scored his first goal for the Club.

If ever a performance was required by Ross County, this was it. Motherwell were in town for this basement battle, with many predicting that the Fir Park side would be strong for the Staggies. Not so, as the home side put the steelmen to the sword following an excellent performance from Jim McIntyre’s men.

Stunning efforts from Martin Woods, Paul Quinn, and debut boy Raffaele De Vita laid the foundations for what was a superb victory.

Jim McIntyre’s side took the lead in the first half through Martin Woods before new-signing Conor Grant brought ‘Well level with a stunning free kick. Paul Quinn put County back in front before Raffaele De Vita made it 3-1. Fraser Kerr pulled one back but it wasn’t enough as the hosts held on for the three points.

‘Well made six changes to the side that drew with St Johnstone and the team in all white made a bright start to the game, Lee Erwin in particular, and he did well to cut in on the left flank only for his shot to be deflected wide for a corner. A minute later, the same player latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box but smashed his low shot narrowly wide of Mark Brown’s left hand post.

County hit back almost immediately and the Steelmen had ‘keeper Long to thank for two stunning saves, the first from Staggies’ Northern Irish frontman Liam Boyce and the other from Scott Boyd, who both fired stinging shots from distance.

However, the on-loan Sheffield United stopper was helpless to keep out the next attack as the hosts took the lead in dramatic fashion through Martin Woods. The midfielder played a one-two with Raffaele De Vita on the edge of the box, before smashing a left foot drive into the corner of the net with a superb left-foot volley.

The home side had a chance to double their lead a couple of minutes later when Boyce got on the end of a Woods free kick but failed to finish from a good position.

‘Well should have got themselves on level terms before the break when Fraser Kerr twice headed into the arms of Brown from set-pieces.

County had another good chance to extend their lead in the 47th minute when Jackson Irvine got on the end of Woods’ corner but, with the goal at his mercy, he headed well over

Motherwell did draw level and it was a cracker from midfielder Conor Grant. It was the Evertonian himself who won the free kick in a dangerous position when Jamie Reckord was adjudged to have impeded his progress on the edge of the area. The 19-year old took the kick himself and curled the ball in at Brown’s near post.

County were in no mood to lose this encounter, and deservedly restored their advantage six minutes later and it was former ‘Well man Paul Quinn who put his side ahead. Raffaele De Vita floated a free kick towards the far post and Quinn climbed between Kerr and Reid to send a quite superb looping header into the far corner.

Four minutes later County added a third, with a goal of real quality. Michael Gardyne flighted in a cross beyond the far post for Raffaele De Vita to smash home a superb volley for the third., leaving the “Well keeper George Long completely helpless.

To their credit, Motherwell refused to lie down and set-up a grandstand last twelve minutes when Fraser Kerr headed home Grant’s whipped corner.
However, County saw out the game, remaining resolute at the back and keeping possession deep in the ‘Well half to eventually see the game out and send a dejected visitors down the A9 pointless.

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