St Mirren 1
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)

St Mirren 

1 - 0

Ross County

League (Premiership)
Saturday, February 27th, 2021
The SMISA Stadium, Paisley (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jamie McGrath (82, pen) None.

Team Managers
Jim Goodwin John Hughes

Starting Eleven
1 Jak Alnwick
4 Joe Shaughnessy
5 Conor McCarthy
22 Marcus Fraser
7 Jake Doyle-Hayes
11 Ilkay Durmus
21 Dylan Connoll
25 Ethan Erhahon
10 Kyle McAllister
17 Jamie McGrath
23 Lee Erwin
Ross Laidlaw .1
Leo Hjelde .4
Keith Watson .15
Carl Tremarco .3
Jason Naismith .23
Tony Andreu .28
Blair Spittal .20
Charlie Lakin .19
Stephen Kelly .18
Michael Gardyne .7
Jordan White .26

2 Richard Tait
8 Ryan Flynn
9 Jonathan Obika
14 Cameron MacPherson
15 Daniel Finlayson
26 Dean Lyness
30 Jay Henderson
33 Lewis Jamieson
45 Collin Quaner
Joe Hilton .21
Coll Donaldson .25
Alex Iacovitti .16
Ross Draper .6
Jordan Tillson .22
Harry Paton .24
Oli Shaw .8
Billy Mckay .9
Jermaine Hylton .14

Richard Tait for Joe Shaughnessy (45)
Jonathan Obika for Dylan Connolly (56)
Cameron MacPherson for Ethan Erhahon (56)
Collin Quaner for Lee Erwin (56)
Ryan Flynn for Ilkay Durmus (66)
Alex Iacovitti for Carl Tremarco (45)
Oli Shaw for Michael Gardyne (45)
Coll Donaldson for Tony Andreu (45)
Jordan Tillson for Blair Spittal (63)
Harry Paton for Charlie Lakin (67)

Jak Alnwick (74) Carl Tremarco (28)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County were defeated 1-0 by St Mirren at The SMISA Stadium this afternoon after Jamie McGrath’s contentious late penalty rescued 3 points for the host

McGrath’s calm strike snatched a victory for Saints after 45 minutes of relentless second-half Ross County pressure.

After 20 minutes of uneventful early sparring, both sides finally created their first ‘half chances’ of the tie. Blair Spittal’s whipped, in-swinging corner from the left-hand side was almost turned in by the thumping head of Keith Watson before Ethan Erahon’s sliced right-footed volley brought an underwhelming end to a 5-stroke match of ‘head-tennis’ in the County penalty area.

The SMISA stadium is no Centre Court, but the Buddies and the Staggies were struggling to break the serve of their opposition on the grass in the early stages.

However, on the half-hour mark it should have been advantage St Mirren. Kyle McAllister’s inviting left-footed cross from a wide free kick was met by the head of Conor McCarthy on the edge of the six-yard box who directed his effort goalward. Somehow, the outstretched left arm of Ross Laidlaw was able to scoop McCarthy’s header away to deny the defender as it looked destined to nestle in the bottom left corner.

McCarthy had the only major chance of the opening 45 minutes and if they were not bailed out by Ross Laidlaw’s spectacular save, County would have entered the break behind. St Mirren were the slightly better of the 2 sides but neither team looked at their best.

Yogi clearly was not satisfied with the first half performance and opted to make a triple substitution at half time. Alex Iacovitti, Coll Donaldson and Oli Shaw replaced Michael Gardyne, Tony Andreu and Carl Tremarco as the Staggies switched to a 3-5-2 formation.

Shortly after half time, County must have surely thought they had taken the lead! Blair Spittal released Jason Naismith on the right-hand side who hung up a perfect chipped cross to the centre of the box for Jordan White. The in-form striker then thundered a header from close range towards goal, but it was incredibly pushed onto the crossbar by Jak Alnwick. White then looked to stab home the rebound but Saints were successful in partially clearing the ball before Stephen Kelly picked up the ball on the edge of the area. The Rangers loanee then arrowed a right-footed shot at Alnwick’s goal but again County were cruelly denied by the woodwork! In a minute of footballing madness, Saints somehow survived.

15 minutes before the full-time whistle, County came close to taking the lead again! Alex Iacovitti produced an inventive volley at the near post from Harry Paton’s corner, but his looping effort was headed off the line by Cameron McPherson.

Despite all of County’s second half dominance, St Mirren were gifted the lead against the run of play as they were awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute. The referee adjudged that Leo Hjelde had tripped Quaner in the box before Jamie McGrath calmy rolled the subsequent penalty down the middle of the goal for his 10th of the season.

Just 2 minutes later, Harry Paton missed a golden opportunity to immediately equalise for the visitors. Cameron McPherson and Jake Doyle-Hayes both contested a defensive header and clattered into each other as the resulting ball broke to Harry Paton on the edge of the box. With the 2 Saints defenders on the ground, Paton had a clear sight of goal, but he blazed his left-footed attempt over the bar.

In the final minute of regulation time, Jordan Tillson also passed up an opportunity.

*Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club*.

Squad Statistics (as at February 27th, 2021)

2020/21 All Time
Ross Laidlaw (GK)28 31 - 53 -
Keith Watson31 18 - 743
Leo Hjelde17 5 - 5 -
Jason Naismith26 9 - 662
Carl Tremarco35 12 - 12 -
Charlie Lakin21 173173
Blair Spittal25 3 - 294
Tony Andreu22 6 - 6 -
Michael Gardyne35 27 - 43671
Stephen Kelly20 23 - 23 -
Jordan White29 4242
Alex Iacovitti (sub)23 352352
Coll Donaldson (sub)25 271351
Harry Paton (sub)22 342644
Jordan Tillson (sub)27 28 - 36 -
Oli Shaw (sub)22 269339

League Table (as at February 27th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.