St Mirren 0 - 3 Ross County (League)

Monday, April 13th, 2015, 7:45 PM at St Mirren Park
Attendance: 3,033
Referee: Willie Collum
St Mirren v Ross County, Apr 13th 2015, St Mirren Park
St Mirren Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. Liam Boyce (30)
Liam Boyce (75)
Liam Boyce (90)

Starting Eleven
Mark Ridgers
Jason Naismith
Sean Kelly
Marc McAusland
Viktor Genev
James Goodwin
John McGinn
Gregg Wylde
Stephen Mallan
Steven Thompson
Yoann Arquin
Mark Brown
Marcus Fraser
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Scott Boyd
Jackson Irvine
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Raffaele De Vita
Craig Curran
Liam Boyce

Bench
Alan Gow
Kieran Sadlier
Thomas Reilly
James Dayton
Adam Brown
Emmanuel Sonupe
Daniel Wilks
Antonio Reguero
Tony Dingwall
Ruben Palazuelos
Joe Cardle
Filip Kiss
Darvydas Sernas
Jake Jervis

Substitutions
Thomas Reilly for Marc McAusland (43)
Kieran Sadlier for Yoann Arquin (67)
Alan Gow for Steven Thompson (69)
Tony Dingwall for Raffaele De Vita (79)
Filip Kiss for Martin Woods (84)
Darvydas Sernas for Craig Curran (86)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
Viktor Genev (49) None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 68 apps -
Marcus Fraser 11 apps1 goal
Scott Boyd 283 apps12 goals
Paul Quinn 25 apps3 goals
Jamie Reckord 22 apps1 goal
Jackson Irvine 26 apps2 goals
Martin Woods 23 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne 232 apps51 goals
Raffaele De Vita 9 apps3 goals
Craig Curran 14 apps5 goals
Liam Boyce 28 apps8 goals
Filip Kiss (sub) 47 apps6 goals
Tony Dingwall (sub) 15 apps2 goals
Darvydas Sernas (sub) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 299 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 286 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (20 years 267 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 52 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 24 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

County striker Liam Boyce turned in a 5-star performance to help his side maintain their superb run against bottom side St Mirren, at New St Mirren Park.
The former Werder Bremen and Cliftonville striker led the line superbly throughout, and capped an excellent display with a superbly taken hat-trick.
County cruised to victory with a win that lifts them 16 points clear of the Buddies at the basement in the SPFL Premiership.
The visitors merited their lead thanks to Liam Boyce's close-range effort, after Ridgers had pulled of a fine block to deny Craig Curran.
St Mirren's Viktor Genev was sent off shortly after the break and two more clinical Boyce finishes ensured an eighth win in nine unbeaten games for the Staggies.
The continuation of the fine form under Jim McIntyre was not only bad news for St Mirren but also for Motherwell.
The Dingwall side are now six points clear of the second-bottom side and the Buddies are left with Ian Baraclough's Steelmen as their only remaining, if distant, target if they are to avoid the one automatic relegation spot.
St Mirren had opted for a physical presence up front as they brought back captain Steven Thompson to partner Yoann Arquin up front, while Gregg Wylde was brought in on the left side to supply valuable ammunition.
St Mirren's one moment of threat before falling behind came via a rare bit of skill with John McGinn firing powerfully over.
Their mood of gloom deepened as County's understandably unchanged starting line-up started the game the more confident side.
St Mirren were dogged in defence and survived a series of corners, but they were living too dangerously.
Indeed, it proved third time lucky for County when Michael Gardyne's shot was blocked, Craig Curran's follow up was parried at point-blank range by Mark Ridgers, but the goalkeeper was beaten by Boyce's right foot finish.
County consistently threatened to break behind a St Mirren defence playing a dangerously high line and efforts from Boyce and Martin Woods threatened to extend the lead.
The Buddies' cause was made even more difficult by an injury that forced defender Marc McAusland to be replaced with forward Thomas Reilly just before the interval.
Things were made even more difficult when Genev was shown the red card three minutes after the break for a last-man challenge on the hitman Liam Boyce.
St Mirren took almost an hour to force Mark Brown into a save, but John McGinn's deflected drive presented a simple catch for the goalkeeper.
The onslaught continued towards the home goal, Michael Gardyne striking the outside of the post with the free-kick that followed Genevís red card and the diving Mark Ridgers superbly denying Woods and Raffaele De Vita in quick succession.
Liam Boyce showed the skill that won him a spell with Werder Bremen by gathering a Michael Gardyne cross on his chest, rounding Jim Goodwin and firing high into the net past Ridgers from 12 yards.
The Northern Ireland international completed County's first top-flight hat-trick in stoppage time as he turned home a Tony Dingwall cross.

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