Ross County 2
Hamilton 1
League (Premiership)


Ross County
2 - 1
Hamilton 

League (Premiership)
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Global Energy Stadium. Att. 3,887
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Michael Gardyne (58)
Liam Boyce (84)
Lucas Tagliapietra (27)

Team Managers
Jim McIntyre
Martin Canning

Starting Eleven
Antonio Reguero
43. Paul Quinn
44. Marcus Fraser
12. Jamie Reckord
36. Jackson Irvine
26. Martin Woods
10. Filip Kiss
40. Michael Gardyne
24. Raffaele De Vita
16. Liam Boyce
11. Craig Curran
Michael McGovern
Grant Gillespie
Dougie Imrie
Ali Crawford
Darren Lyon
Kieran MacDonald
Louis Longridge
Darian MacKinnon
Eamonn Brophy
Jesus Garcia Tena
Lucan Tagliapietra

Bench
Peter Tait
38. Cameron Burgess
Richard Brittain
4. Rocco Quinn
30. Tony Dingwall
Darvydas Sernas
Kyle MacLeod
Darren Hill (gk)
Martin Canning
Jason Scotland
Nigel Hasselbaink
Craig Watson
Greg Docherty
Scott McMann

Substitutions
Tony Dingwall for Craig Curran (50)
Rocco Quinn for Raffaele De Vita (83)
Richard Brittain for Michael Gardyne (85)
Jason Scotland - Eamonn Brophy (80)
Greg Docherty - Louis Longridge (85)
Nigel Hasselbaink - Darian Mackinnon (88)

Cautions
Jamie Reckord (15)
Darian Mackinnon (55)
Lucan Tagliapietra (77)

Red Cards
Filip Kiss (80)
None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)


Match Report


Source unknown.

Liam Boyce's goal gave Ross County victory over Hamilton Academical and sealed the Staggies Scottish Premiership safety.
Giant centre back Lucas Tagliapietra headed in Ali Crawford's corner to give Hamilton a first-half lead.
County came roaring back in the second period with Michael Gardyne equalising with a sensational left foot strike to pull the home side level.
And, despite losing Filip Kiss to a red card, the hosts moved ahead when Liam Boyce struck and that ensured they will not face a relegation play-off.
The victory, coupled with Motherwell’s defeat to St Mirren means County will finish above second bottom.
At one stage in this campaign Jim McIntyre's side seemed favourites for relegation but a sequence of positive results, including a nine-game unbeaten run has ensured top-flight status.
The afternoon started brightly for County in terrible early conditions. Raffaele De Vita's low cross was met powerfully by Craig Curran only for Michael McGovern to palm away.
As the weather improved, County started to offer more offensively with Michael Gardyne wriggling away from defenders before firing narrowly wide.
But Hamilton went ahead when Lucas rose to meet Crawford's delivery and powered a header past Antonio Reguero.
The momentum was clearly with the visitors but Jamie Reckord's delivery almost provided an equaliser, Curran somehow missing the target when he slid in at the back post.
Gardyne then went down in the box after a Kieran MacDonald challenge, but referee Bobby Madden waved his claims away.
Half-time seemed to give Ross County time to regroup and they started the second period on the offensive.
Tony Dingwall replaced Curran and his energy helped McIntyre's side trouble Hamilton more directly.
Martin Woods fired in a deflected effort which McGovern tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner the ball found its way to Michael Gardyne, who smashed a sweet left-foot effort past the helpless Michael McGovern.
Scores from Motherwell's game and fellow strugglers Kilmarnock's march towards victory over Partick Thistle were filtering through to Victoria Park and tension increased with each passing minute.
Eamonn Brophy shot narrowly over and Darian Mackinnon had a header easily gathered as the visitors tried to regain supremacy.
And the ensuing drama that unfolded was extraordinary. Filip Kiss, playing at right-back, was inexplicably sent off leaving County a man down as they chased a vital winner.
McIntyre could clearly be heard asking "what happened?" as Kiss left the field.
As home supporters looked on through cracked fingers, County scored what proved to be the goal that secured their Premiership status.
A corner broke into the path of the ever alert Liam Boyce and the Northern Irishman seized on his opportunity to smack home what proved to be a dramatic late winner.
The stadium erupted and all ears turned to what was happening elsewhere. Premature celebrations began with many inside the stadium believing Motherwell had drawn with St Mirren.
Ali Crawford fired against the bar for Hamilton in the last bit of drama before the final whistle.
And when news arrived that Motherwell had lost, there was unrestrained joy for the home crowd as they danced on the pitch, delighted that their side had finally seen off the threat of relegation.




Squad Statistics (as at May 16th, 2015)


2014/15 All Time
Age
Antonio Reguero (GK)32 15 - 15 -
Jamie Reckord23 261261
Marcus Fraser20 151151
Paul Quinn29 293293
Raffaele De Vita27 133133
Michael Gardyne29 25623653
Filip Kiss24 33 - 506
Martin Woods29 272272
Jackson Irvine22 292292
Liam Boyce24 32103210
Craig Curran25 185185
Tony Dingwall (sub)20 192192
Richard Brittain (sub)31 23 - 26850
Rocco Quinn (sub)28 14 - 11111






League Table (as at May 16th, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.