Ross County 2
Hamilton 1
League (Premiership)

Ross County
2 - 1

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall (Behind closed doors)
7:45 PM Kick-off

Blair Spittal (28)
Charlie Lakin (70)
Scott McCann (26)

Team Managers
John Hughes
Brian Rice

Starting Eleven
1. Ross Laidlaw
4. Leo Hjelde
25. Coll Donaldson
16. Alex Iacovitti
23. Jason Naismith
18. Stephen Kelly
11. Iain Vigurs
20. Blair Spittal
7. Michael Gardyne
22. Jordan Tillson
26. Jordan White
22 Kyle Gourlay
2 Hakeem Odoffin
3 Scott McMann
5 Brian Easton
6 Jamie Hamilton
7 Bruce Anderson
16 Aaron Martin
18 Reegan Mimnaugh
20 David Mayo
27 Lee Hodson
34 Ross Callachan

21. Joe Hilton
15. Keith Watson
19. Charlie Lakin
6. Ross Draper
28. Tony Andreu
24. Harry Paton
17. Regan Charles-Cook
8. Oli Shaw
14. Jermaine Hylton
41 Ryan Scully
4 Ben Stirling
11 Lewis Smith
14 Charlie Trafford
17 George Stanger
21 Kyle Munro
24 Nathan Thomas
26 Marley Redfern
32 Callum Smith

Keith Watson for Alex Iacovitti (52)
Charlie Lakin for Leo Hjelde (65)
Regan Charles-Cook for Michael Gardyne (87)
Harry Paton for Blair Spittal (87)
Nathan Thomas for Brian Easton (75)
Lewis Smith for Reegan Mimnaugh (79)
Callum Smith for Bruce Anderson (79)

Stephen Kelly (3)
Iain Vigurs (88)
Jordan White (90)
Aaron Martin (2)
Ross Callachan (20)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

William Collum (Referee)
David McGeachie & Frank Connor (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County came from a goal behind to save themselves from automatic relegation out of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 victory over Hamilton Academical at the Global Energy Stadium tonight.

Goals from Blair Spittal and Charlie Lakin followed Scott McMann’s opener for the visitors as the Staggies now just need 1 point from their final match of the season to avoid slipping into the relegation play-off spot.

Hamilton are now all-but-down as they will need to defeat Kilmarnock by a minimum of 9 goals next weekend in order to preserve their Scottish Premiership status.

The opening stages were emblematic of a relegation dog fight. There were little chances, plenty fouls and the air was filled by a lingering sense of nervousness, anxiety and anticipation. Referee Willie Collum brandished 3 yellow cards in the first 20 minutes, but neither side could find a sight of goal.

However, in the 26th minute, Accies found a breakthrough after Scott McMann converted from a free kick. The full back powered his driven left-footed free kick under the County wall, rooting Ross Laidlaw to his goal line and finding the bottom right corner.

Thereafter, the game burst into life…

Just 2 minutes later, the Staggies responded with an immediate equaliser! Jordan White was able to fight off his marker to gather the ball at his feet in the penalty area before laying the ball off for Blair Spittal. The winger then shaped his body to bend a left-footed shot with the inside of his foot into the far-left corner.

Yet after such a rejuvenating equaliser, County almost gifted Accies the lead again. Michael Gardyne gave up possession in his own half, inviting Ross Callachan to pick up the ball and unleash a driven shot from distance. The midfielder, who has been in fine goalscoring form this season, watched his daisy-cutter thump against Ross Laidlaw’s left post to deny himself of a prompt response to County’s previous swift leveller.

5 minutes after the restart, Blair Spittal nearly added his second goal of the game to put County in the lead. In similar fashion to his first, Spittal received the ball on the back of some excellent hold up play by Jordan White before he sliced a left footed volley just wide of Kyle Gourlay’s right post from the edge of the box.

Just a minute later, Accies threatened go to go in front when goal scorer Scott McMann ventured forward from full back again to get on the end of Lee Hodson’s deep cross. However, McMann could not fully get under the ball as his headed effort cleared the bar from close range.

In the 70th minute, Ross County went ahead through substitute Charlie Lakin! Jordan White picked up his second assist of the match as he picked out Lakin on the left of the box who then arrowed an inch-perfect left footed shot from the corner of the box into far-right corner!

With Accies’ Premiership safety now at risk, the visitors began a siege on the County goal. A barrage of crosses flew into the County area but the twice-changed back five stuck to their task to keep Hamilton out.

With just 1 minute left of regulation time, Harry Paton should have sealed the win for County. Stephen Kelly broke from defence with the ball before finding Jordan White on the halfway line, who subsequently released Paton on the left wing. The Canadian was all alone and advanced toward goal, but his left footed effort found the wrong side of Kyle Gourlay’s net.

County are now safe from automatic relegation! Just 1 point in their final fixture on Sunday away to Motherwell will guarantee top-flight football next season.

*Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club*.

Squad Statistics (as at May 12th, 2021)

2020/21 All Time
Ross Laidlaw (GK)28 39 - 61 -
Alex Iacovitti23 424424
Coll Donaldson26 331411
Leo Hjelde17 121121
Jason Naismith26 17 - 742
Blair Spittal25 81345
Iain Vigurs33 34123728
Stephen Kelly21 28 - 28 -
Jordan Tillson28 35 - 43 -
Michael Gardyne35 34144372
Jordan White29 124124
Keith Watson (sub)31 25 - 813
Harry Paton (sub)22 402704
Charlie Lakin (sub)22 234234
Regan Charles-Cook (sub)24 312312

League Table (as at May 12th, 2021)

No league table has been added for this season.