Motherwell 1
Ross County 1
League (Premiership)


Motherwell 

1 - 1

Ross County


League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Fir Park, Motherwell. Att. 4,281
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Scott McDonald (19) Liam Boyce (41)

Team Managers
Ian Baraclough Jim McIntyre

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 .21
Scott Boyd .5
Paul Quinn .43
Jamie Reckord .12
Marcus Fraser .44
Martin Woods .26
Michael Gardyne .40
Raffaele De Vita .24
Jackson Irvine .36
Craig Curran .11
Liam Boyce .16

Bench
Simon Ramsden
Lionel Ainsworth
John Sutton
Dan Twardzik
Craig Moore
Dominic Thomas
Anthony Straker
Antonio Reguero
Abdoulaye Meite
Ruben Palazuelos
Filip Kiss .10
Rocco Quinn .4
Tony Dingwall .30
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)

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

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Crawford Allan (Referee)



Match Report


Source unknown.

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.




Squad Statistics (as at May 2nd, 2015)


2014/15 All Time
Age
Mark Brown (GK)34 24 - 70 -
Paul Quinn29 273273
Scott Boyd28 32 - 28512
Marcus Fraser20 131131
Jamie Reckord23 241241
Michael Gardyne29 23523452
Martin Woods29 251251
Jackson Irvine22 272272
Raffaele De Vita27 113113
Craig Curran25 165165
Liam Boyce24 309309
Rocco Quinn (sub)28 13 - 11011
Tony Dingwall (sub)20 172172
Filip Kiss (sub)24 32 - 496






League Table (as at May 2nd, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.