Ross County 1
Partick Thistle 0
League (Premiership)


Ross County
1 - 0
Partick Thistle 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 3,358
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Craig Curran (33)
None.

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Alan Archibald

Starting Eleven
21. Mark Brown
12. Jamie Reckord
44. Marcus Fraser
5. Scott Boyd
43. Paul Quinn
24. Raffaele De Vita
36. Jackson Irvine
26. Martin Woods
40. Michael Gardyne
16. Liam Boyce
11. Craig Curran
Paul Gallacher
Stephen O'Donnell
Conrad Balatoni
Frederic Frans
Dale Keenan
James Craigen
Stuart Bannigan
Steven Lawless
Kallum Higginbotham
Abdul Osman
Lyle Taylor

Bench
Antonio Reguero
Abdoulaye Meite
7. Joe Cardle
10. Filip Kiss
23. Graham Carey
9. Jake Jervis
Darvydas Sernas
Ben Richards-Everton
Scott Fox (GK)
Declan McDaid
David Wilson
Ryan Stevenson
Gary Fraser
Kris Doolan

Substitutions
Jake Jervis for Liam Boyce (79)
Filip Kiss for Craig Curran (85)
Graham Carey for Michael Gardyne (89)
Kris Doolan for James Craigen (56)
David Wilson for Steven Lawless (69)
Ryan Stevenson for Lyle Taylor (69)

Cautions
Michael Gardyne (79)
Abdul Osman (52)
Steven Lawless (62)
Dale Keenan (67)
Stuart Bannigan (72)

Red Cards
None. Kallum Higginbotham (58)
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)


Match Report


Source unknown.

Ross County maintained their excellent run of form with their fourth successive Scottish Premiership victory in a row to open up a gap on Motherwell and St Mirren. Craig Curran scored the only goal with a precise close-range header after Thistle goalkeeper Paul Gallacher had blocked a Liam Boyce effort. Kallum Higginbotham added to the Jags' woes with a bad foul on Michael Gardyne which earned him a straight red card by match referee Alan Muir. It was never comfortable for County but they held on to secure a valuable three points.
Conditions may have played a role in a lack of attacking threat from both sides but Ross County gave themselves a wonderful platform with the opener. Raffaele De Vita was central to the goal with a beautifully weighted ball onto Boyce's chest. The striker took it down but Paul Gallacher did well to block the striker’s effort.
The ball spun into the air for the advancing Craig Curran, who, headed the ball into the corner of the net. Thistle responded well and Kallum Higginbotham came close to hauling his side level.
A short corner released Thistle's most creative influence down the bye-line and he found an angle to strike but the ball clipped a defender and flew past.
Jim McIntyre's side had more purpose at the start of the second period and Michael Gardyne could not turn enough to get an early strike on target. Moments later, Thistle shot themselves in the foot when Kallum Higginbotham had a moment of madness that ended his participation in the match.
As Michael Gardyne advanced over the halfway line, Higginbotham came straight through him from behind and ended up straight up the tunnel for an early bath, with match referee Alan Muir showing no hesitation.
County defended doggedly and almost snatched a second when Jake Jervis knocked a header into Filip Kiss' path only for Paul Gallacher to race off his line and stop.
Then, in a crazy episode, Paul Gallacher found himself beaten on the touchline. The ball raced across goal but no County player could get on the end of it to seal the points.
It is another massive victory for Ross County who are now clear of the bottom following a superb run of results.
But Partick Thistle are facing the reality that they are now very much in this relegation fight.




Squad Statistics (as at March 7th, 2015)


2014/15 All Time
Age
Mark Brown (GK)34 17 - 63 -
Marcus Fraser20 7171
Jamie Reckord22 171171
Paul Quinn29 203203
Scott Boyd28 25 - 27812
Jackson Irvine22 221221
Raffaele De Vita27 4242
Michael Gardyne29 17222849
Martin Woods29 181181
Craig Curran25 9393
Liam Boyce23 244244
Graham Carey (sub)25 242625
Filip Kiss (sub)24 25 - 426
Jake Jervis (sub)23 274274






League Table (as at March 7th, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.