St Johnstone 1
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)

St Johnstone 

1 - 0

Ross County

League (Premiership)
Saturday, March 20th, 2021
(Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off

Glenn Middleton (86) None.

Team Managers
Callum Davidson John Hughes

Starting Eleven
1 Zander Clark
24 Callum Booth
5 Jason Kerr
6 Liam Gordon
4 Jamie McCart
26 Liam Craig
19 Shaun Rooney
18 Ali McCann
9 Chris Kane
10 David Wotherspoon
17 Guy Melamed
Ross Laidlaw .1
Leo Hjelde .4
Jason Naismith .23
Alex Iacovitti .16
Keith Watson .15
Coll Donaldson .25
Jordan Tillson .22
Charlie Lakin .19
Harry Paton .24
Billy Mckay .9
Jordan White .26

12 Elliott Parish
2 James Brown
3 Scott Tanser
13 Craig Bryson
15 Charlie Gilmour
16 Glenn Middleton
7 Craig Conway
11 Michael O'Halloran
14 Steven May
Joe Hilton .21
Michael Gardyne .7
Iain Vigurs .11
Stephen Kelly .18
Ross Draper .6
Regan Charles-Cook .17
Oli Shaw .8
Jermaine Hylton .14
Matthew Wright .44

Steven May for Chris Kane (64)
Scott Tanser for Guy Melamed (75)
Glenn Middleton for Callum Booth (75)
Michael Gardyne for Charlie Lakin (63)
Iain Vigurs for Billy Mckay (63)
Oli Shaw for Harry Paton (87)
Jermaine Hylton for Coll Donaldson (90)

None. Jordan Tillson (81)
Coll Donaldson (83)
Iain Vigurs (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Napier (Referee)
Graeme Leslie & Craig Ferguson (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County were defeated 1-0 by St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this afternoon.

A late goal from substitute Glenn Middleton snatched 3 points for St Johnstone, who have now guaranteed themselves a top-half finish ahead of the league split.

After an uneventful opening 24 minutes, St Johnstone finally recorded the first shot on target of the match. David Wotherspoon was successfully locating pockets of space in the final third and nearly provided a crucial opening goal for the home side. Wotherspoon danced in-and-out of 3 County defenders before handing possession over to Ali McCann on the edge of the area who powered a right-footed shot at goal. The Northern-Irish international’s attempt was pushed round the left post by Ross Laidlaw and the Saints started to grow in confidence.

10 minutes later, Saints continued to mount pressure on the Staggies defence and came even closer to finding a goal. Guy Melhamed picked up the ball in the County half and slid a measured pass through to Chris Kane who had spun off the shoulder of Keith Watson. Kane found himself with only Ross Laidlaw to beat but the keeper rushed off his line and closed down the striker’s angle to prevent an opener.

Seconds before half time, the Saints had their best opportunity of the match to equalise! Sean Rooney’s drilled cutback was met by Callum Booth with space in the centre of the box, but his weak right-footed effort trickled into the arms of Ross Laidlaw.

With so much at stake for both sides, the first half was cagey and did not offer an abundance of chances. Saints probably took the first round on the judge’s scorecards, yet they were unable to deliver the knockout blow by finding a breakthrough.

In the 66th minute, the Staggies created their first real chance of the match! Iain Vigurs’ deep free kick was nodded on by Jason Naismith before Keith Watson cleverly hooked the ball back into the danger area from the left-hand side of the box. Coll Donaldson got onto the end of the ball, but he sliced his left footed effort well over Zander Clark’s crossbar from close range.

With 11 minutes left on the clock, Rangers loanee, Glenn Middleton, almost produced a counter-attacking solo goal to find a winner for the hosts. The Scotland U21 international picked up a loose ball in his own half then motored on another 40 yards, but he could only poke his left footed effort wide of the onrushing Laidlaw’s goal.

However, in the 86th minute, the substitute Middleton broke the deadlock and found the winner for the Saints. Stevie May broke loose on the left of the County box and delivered a perfect cutback for Middleton who was lurking on the edge of the six-yard box. He then completed an exquisite turn to roll his nearest defender before sending his right-footed shot beyond Ross Laidlaw and into the goal.

Despite the disappointing result, the Staggies remain in 10th place in the Scottish Premiership. They are 2 points clear of Hamilton, who drew with St Mirren this afternoon, but are only 1 point ahead of Kilmarnock who thumped Motherwell 4-1 at Rugby Park.

*Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club*.

Squad Statistics (as at March 20th, 2021)

2020/21 All Time
Ross Laidlaw (GK)28 34 - 56 -
Jason Naismith26 12 - 692
Leo Hjelde17 8181
Coll Donaldson25 301381
Keith Watson31 21 - 773
Alex Iacovitti23 382382
Charlie Lakin21 203203
Jordan Tillson28 31 - 39 -
Harry Paton22 372674
Jordan White29 7272
Billy Mckay32 31612240
Iain Vigurs (sub)32 29123228
Michael Gardyne (sub)35 29 - 43871
Jermaine Hylton (sub)27 201201
Oli Shaw (sub)23 299369

League Table (as at March 20th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.