Ross County 1
St Mirren 2
League (Premiership)

Ross County
1 - 2
St Mirren 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Att. 3,098
3:00 PM Kick-off

Martin Woods (pen.) (31)
Stephen Mallan (39)
Steven Thompson (pen 90+1)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Gary Teale

Starting Eleven
21. Mark Brown
5. Scott Boyd
43. Paul Quinn
12. Jamie Reckord
44. Marcus Fraser
26. Martin Woods
40. Michael Gardyne
30. Tony Dingwall
36. Jackson Irvine
16. Liam Boyce
11. Craig Curran
Mark Ridgers
Jason Naismith
Sean Kelly
Jeroen Tesselaar
Jack Baird
Gregg Wylde
Thomas Reilly
James Dayton
Stephen Mallan
Alan Gow
Steven Thompson

Antonio Reguero
Abdoulaye Meite
24. Raffaele De Vita
4. Rocco Quinn
10. Filip Kiss
7. Joe Cardle
Darvydas Sernas
Kieran Sadlier
Yoann Arquin
Adam Brown
Marian Kello
Lewis Morgan
Barry Cuddihy
Viktor Genev

Raffaele De Vita for Tony Dingwall (80)
Darvydas Sernas for Liam Boyce (81)
Joe Cardle for Craig Curran (84)
Barry Cuddihy for Stephen Mallan (72)
Lewis Morgan for Gregg Wylde (80)
Kieran Sadlier for Alan Gow (83)

Marcus Fraser (80)
Jackson Irvine (82)
Thomas Reilly (20)

Red Cards
Mark Brown (90)
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Steven Thompson's last-minute penalty earned relegated St Mirren a win that throws open the race to avoid the play-offs.

County went ahead when Liam Boyce was tripped in the box and Martin Woods scored from the penalty spot.

Stephen Mallan fired Saints level with a deflected shot from distance.

And Mark Brown was sent off for fouling Lewis Morgan before Thompson scored low into the corner. It leaves County three points ahead of Motherwell, in 11th.

It was a result few observers would have predicted but St Mirren deserve real credit for a resilient display following confirmation of their relegation on Friday night, when Motherwell beat Kilmarnock.

Boyce went close after making something of deliveries from Marcus Fraser, but failed to hit the target, and Woods was first to test Mark Ridgers in goal after a free-kick.

County's Tony Dingwall tested the keeper from distance before the breakthrough arrived. A swift turn in the box by Liam Boyce brought a foul by Sean Kelly.

And Woods superbly fired the ball high into the top corner from the penalty spot.

Steven Thompson scored from the penalty spot past outfield player Darvydas Sernas Steven Thompson scored from the penalty spot past 'makeshift' keeper Darvydas Sernas

A minute later County should have gone further ahead. Boyce drilled a ball across the six-yard box, Craig Curran connected strongly but Jason Naismith produced a wonderful sliding challenge to divert the danger.

Boyce failed to hit the target when he really should have, and what followed shocked the entire stadium and turned this game into an intriguing contest.

With the ball at his feet in a central area, Mallon struck a fierce shot that deflected off the stooping Scott Boyd and looped away from Brown into the corner of the goal.

Ross County seemed reinvigorated after half-time and created chance after chance as they tried to move closer to retaining their Premiership safety.

Dingwall fired narrowly wide then Jackson Irvine's header connected with a defender, but appeals for a penalty were swiftly rebuffed by referee Steven Maclean.

Irvine became increasingly threatening from set pieces in particular, the midfielder narrowly sending two headers over the bar.

Woods, Dingwall and Michael Gardyne threatened more and it seemed inevitable that County would be rewarded.

The game ended in a dramatic way. Substitute Morgan outpaced Marcus Fraser and as he broke into the box he was caught by goalkeeper Brown, who was red-carded.

County had already used their three substitutes and one of those, striker Darvydas Sernas, put on the keeper's gloves as Thompson expertly rolled the ball into the corner from the penalty spot.

It leaves the Dingwall side perilously close to a play-off with two vitally important games to follow.

Squad Statistics (as at May 9th, 2015)

2014/15 All Time
Mark Brown (GK)34 25 - 71 -
Paul Quinn29 283283
Scott Boyd28 33 - 28612
Marcus Fraser20 141141
Jamie Reckord23 251251
Michael Gardyne29 24523552
Martin Woods29 262262
Jackson Irvine22 282282
Tony Dingwall20 182182
Craig Curran25 175175
Liam Boyce24 319319
Joe Cardle (sub)28 25 - 25 -
Raffaele De Vita (sub)27 123123
Darvydas Sernas (sub)30 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at May 9th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.