Motherwell 1 - 1 Ross County (League)

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3:00 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Attendance: 4,281
Referee: Crawford Allan
Motherwell v Ross County, May 2nd 2015, Fir Park, Motherwell
Motherwell Ross County 

Goalscorers
Scott McDonald (19) Liam Boyce (41)

Starting Eleven
George Long
Steven Hammell
Stephen McManus
Mark O'Brien
Josh Law
Keith Lasley
Marvin Johnson
Conor Grant
Stephen Pearson
Lee Erwin
Scott McDonald
Mark Brown
Marcus Fraser
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Scott Boyd
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Raffaele De Vita
Jackson Irvine
Craig Curran
Liam Boyce

Bench
Simon Ramsden
Lionel Ainsworth
John Sutton
Dan Twardzik
Craig Moore
Dominic Thomas
Anthony Straker
Antonio Reguero
Abdoulaye Meite
Ruben Palazuelos
Tony Dingwall
Rocco Quinn
Filip Kiss
Darvydas Sernas

Substitutions
Lionel Ainsworth for Marvin Johnson (68)
John Sutton for Lee Erwin (77)
Dominic Thomas for Conor Grant (87)
Tony Dingwall for Raffaele De Vita (66)
Rocco Quinn for Craig Curran (81)
Filip Kiss for Michael Gardyne (87)

Bookings
Scott McDonald (5)
Lee Erwin (37)
Stephen Pearson (52)
Mark O'Brien (63)
Paul Quinn (44)
Scott Boyd (49)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 70 apps -
Marcus Fraser 13 apps1 goal
Scott Boyd 285 apps12 goals
Paul Quinn 27 apps3 goals
Jamie Reckord 24 apps1 goal
Martin Woods 25 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne 234 apps52 goals
Raffaele De Vita 11 apps3 goals
Jackson Irvine 27 apps2 goals
Craig Curran 16 apps5 goals
Liam Boyce 30 apps9 goals
Rocco Quinn (sub) 110 apps11 goals
Filip Kiss (sub) 49 apps6 goals
Tony Dingwall (sub) 17 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 318 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 71 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 305 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (20 years 286 days)
Oldest Player:Abdoulaye Meite (34 years 216 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 274 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Motherwell's hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off diminished when they were held to a draw by Ross County.
The hosts began the match well and took a deserved lead when Scott McDonald poked in a low cross.
However County grew into the game and scored an excellent equaliser through Liam Boyce, who finished from 12 yards with an impressive strike.
The result keeps the Dingwall side six points ahead of the Fir Park side with only three matches remaining.
An eight-point gap separates them, but Ian Baraclough's side's participation in the play-off looks increasingly likely.
Their hunger could not be questioned and they showed greater desire at the outset, going close through Marvin Johnson and McDonald before the Australian edged them in front.
Josh Law's cross from the right looked like evading everyone only for the striker to stretch to force the ball into the net.
But County gradually hauled themselves back into the match, Martin Woods testing keeper George Long from distance before the equaliser eventually arrived.
Liam Boyce picked up possession on the left of the penalty area before engineering a bit of room to allow him to curl a vicious shot past Long.
The game was contested tenaciously throughout, underlining the high stakes involved, with yellow cards being dished out with regularity by referee Crawford Allan.
Both sides had chances to take all three points, with Scott Boyd and Michael Gardyne going close for County.
Motherwell, though, piled forward in numbers as the second half wore on, knowing the draw was of little use to them.
Stephen Pearson did his utmost to force a winning goal, twice being thwarted by last-ditch challenges from Paul Quinn and then Scott Boyd.
Conor Grant twice tested Mark Brown from distance but Motherwell couldn't find the goal that would have given them a fighting chance of avoiding 11th place.
And, barring an unlikely sequence of results in the final three rounds of matches, they will have to battle Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South over two legs to retain their Scottish Premiership status.

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