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Ross County

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow. Att. 2,951
3:00 PM Kick-off

Lyle Taylor (68) Craig Curran (10)
Raffaele De Vita (64)
Marcus Fraser (70)

Team Managers
Alan Archibald Jim McIntyre

Starting Eleven
Paul Gallacher
Stephen O'Donnell
Daniel Seaborne (c)
Callum Booth
Ryan Stevenson
Frederic Frans
Christie Elliott
Abdul Osman
Gary Fraser
Declan McDaid
Lyle Taylor
Mark Brown .21
Jamie Reckord .12
Marcus Fraser .44
Scott Boyd .5
Paul Quinn .43
Raffaele De Vita .24
Jackson Irvine .36
Martin Woods .26
Michael Gardyne .40
Liam Boyce .16
Craig Curran .11

Scott Basalaj (GK)
Conrad Balatoni
James Craigen
Stuart Bannigan
Kris Doolan
Steven Lawless
Kallum Higginbotham
Antonio Reguero
Cameron Burgess .38
Filip Kiss .10
Tony Dingwall .30
Joe Cardle .7
Jake Jervis .9
Darvydas Sernas

Kris Doolan - Declan McDaid (45)
Stuart Bannigan - Callum Booth (57)
Kalum Higginbotham - Abdul Osman (58)
Jake Jervis for Liam Boyce (72)
Filip Kiss for Martin Woods (77)
Tony Dingwall for Craig Curran (86)

Danny Seaborne (53)
Gary Fraser (65)
Martin Woods (7)
Jamie Reckord (78)
Marcus Fraser (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County's revival continued, with a second successive victory for Jim McIntyre's side. The result lifts County off the bottom of the table and drags Partick Thistle a little closer to involvement in a relegation battle.
Craig Curran opened the scoring and missed a second-half penalty before Raffaele De Vita did add a second. Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back but Marcus Fraser put the result beyond doubt. The visitors looked hungrier throughout, with the battle for survival perhaps ensuring they played with an added edge. Thistle have now lost five in a row though and find themselves just seven points above the bottom three.
A failure to stem that run could yet lead to a four-way fight to avoid the drop or at least a play-off, while County currently look the form team in that dogfight.
Their opening goal owed less to fabulous attacking than it did to defensive ineptitude and a bit of good fortune, as Michael Gardyne's cross cannoned off Daniel Seaborne from Frederic Frans' attempted clearance, falling kindly for Curran to flick into the net from six yards.
Paul Quinn should have added to the lead, but volleyed wide from 12 yards out and Curran's penalty miss after Liam Boyce was brought down by Seaborne hinted that County could yet rue missed opportunities.
But any such concerns were eased as Gardyne's perfectly-weighted pass allowed De Vita to slide the ball beyond keeper Paul Gallacher. But they were given some hope as Taylor leapt to head past Brown from a Kallum Higginbotham corner.
County refused to buckle though and assured themselves of all three points courtesy of Fraser's superb individual goal. It capped a team performance typified by stout defending and swift counter-attacking, a blend that could carry County to safety.

Squad Statistics (as at February 21st, 2015)

2014/15 All Time
Mark Brown (GK)33 15 - 61 -
Marcus Fraser20 5151
Jamie Reckord22 15 - 15 -
Paul Quinn29 183183
Scott Boyd28 23 - 27612
Jackson Irvine21 201201
Raffaele De Vita27 2222
Michael Gardyne29 15222649
Martin Woods29 161161
Craig Curran25 7272
Liam Boyce23 224224
Tony Dingwall (sub)20 132132
Filip Kiss (sub)24 23 - 406
Jake Jervis (sub)23 254254

League Table (as at February 21st, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.