Ross County 1 - 0 St Johnstone  (League)

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 7:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 3,319
Referee: Kevin Clancy
Ross County v St Johnstone, Apr 7th 2015, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  St Johnstone

Liam Boyce (84)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Marcus Fraser
Scott Boyd
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Raffaele De Vita
Jackson Irvine
Craig Curran
Liam Boyce
Alan Mannus
David Mackay
Simon Lappin
Frazer Wright
Steven Anderson
Christopher Millar
Steven MacLean
David Wotherspoon
James McFadden
Brian Easton
Michael O'Halloran

Antonio Reguero
Abdoulaye Meite
Ruben Palazuelos
Joe Cardle
Filip Kiss
Darvydas Sernas
Jake Jervis
Steven Banks
Thomas Scobbie
Daniel Swanson
Brian Graham
Gary Miller
Lee Croft
Christopher Kane

Joe Cardle for Raffaele De Vita (70)
Filip Kiss for Jackson Irvine (82)
Ruben Palazuelos for Michael Gardyne (87)
Lee Croft for James McFadden (60)
Brian Graham for Steven MacLean (80)
Christopher Kane for Michael O'Halloran (85)

Jackson Irvine (60)
Steven MacLean (38)
James McFadden (50)
David Mackay (54)
Lee Croft (64)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 67 apps -
Scott Boyd 282 apps12 goals
Paul Quinn 24 apps3 goals
Jamie Reckord 21 apps1 goal
Marcus Fraser 10 apps1 goal
Martin Woods 22 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne 231 apps51 goals
Raffaele De Vita 8 apps3 goals
Jackson Irvine 25 apps2 goals
Craig Curran 13 apps5 goals
Liam Boyce 27 apps5 goals
Filip Kiss (sub) 46 apps6 goals
Ruben Palazuelos (sub) 5 apps -
Joe Cardle (sub) 23 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 293 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 46 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 280 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 293 days)
Oldest Player:Abdoulaye Meite (34 years 191 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 298 days

First Team Debuts


A late header from Liam Boyce maintained Ross County's remarkable run of form, making it seven wins in an eight-game unbeaten run.
The Irishman steered home a cross from Jamie Reckord with a smart, looping header after 84 minutes.
And it was reward for the Staggies creating the best chances in Dingwall.
Martin Woods went close with a free-kick, Alan Mannus made a good first-half double save and Rafa Da Vitta missed with a diving header.
The victory keeps the Dingwall side three points ahead of Motherwell in the relegation play-off place, while they move to within a point of Partick Thistle.
St Johnstone, on course for a fourth successive top-six finish, seldom troubled home goalkeeper Mark Brown and missed the opportunity to leapfrog Dundee United into fourth spot.
It was County who threatened first when Martin Woods fired a curling free kick over the defensive wall but just a yard wide, with Mannus sprawling.
The home side took a grip of proceedings with Saints forced deep to defend their penalty area in numbers.
And the breakthrough almost arrived when Woods gathered centrally and fired in a low effort that had Alan Mannus diving full length to save.
Craig Curran slid in for what seemed a certain goal as the ball squirmed loose but Mannus reacted quickly and effectively to scramble across and hold on under pressure from the County frontman.
St Johnstone struggled to create openings and James McFadden and Michael O'Hallaron should have done better after getting into promising positions.
County looked determined at the start of the second period with Michael Gardyne prominent in each and every attack.
The midfielder gathered on the edge of the box, controlling on his chest before firing a volley narrowly wide.
Gardyne then delivered a wonderful ball across goal from the right which the stooping Raffaele De Vita could not quite direct on target.
Boyce went close when he cut inside superbly, only to curl an effort inches wide with strike partner Craig Curran unimpressed given that a square pass may have left an easy finish.
However, Boyce did prove to be the difference with a composed late finish just as it seemed a share of the points was inevitable.
Full-back Jamie Reckord gathered on the left and delivered a deep cross into a crowded area, with Boyce peeling off his marker and calmly nodding the ball just inside the post.
Given Motherwell's emphatic win over bottom side St Mirren, a fifth home victory for the Staggies may prove crucial come the end of the season.

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