Motherwell 1 - 1 Ross County (League)Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3:00 PM at Fir Park, Motherwell
Referee: Crawford Allan
|Scott McDonald (19)||
Liam Boyce (41)
Raffaele De Vita
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)
Scott McDonald (5)
Lee Erwin (37)
Stephen Pearson (52)
Mark O'Brien (63)
Paul Quinn (44)
Scott Boyd (49)
Appearances & Goals To Date
|Mark Brown (GK)||70 apps||-|
|Scott Boyd||285 apps||12 goals|
|Paul Quinn||27 apps||3 goals|
|Jamie Reckord||24 apps||1 goal|
|Marcus Fraser||13 apps||1 goal|
|Michael Gardyne||234 apps||52 goals|
|Raffaele De Vita||11 apps||3 goals|
|Jackson Irvine||27 apps||2 goals|
|Martin Woods||25 apps||1 goal|
|Liam Boyce||30 apps||9 goals|
|Craig Curran||16 apps||5 goals|
|Rocco Quinn (sub)||110 apps||11 goals|
|Filip Kiss (sub)||49 apps||6 goals|
|Tony Dingwall (sub)||17 apps||2 goals|
|Youngest Player:||Marcus Fraser (20 years 318 days)|
|Oldest Player:||Mark Brown (34 years 71 days)|
|Average Player Age:||26 years 305 days|
|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
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.