0 - 2
Paul Lawson (82)
Gary Glen (91)
Mark Brown .25
Scott Boyd .5
Evangelos Oikonomou .18
Iain Vigurs .11
Paul Lawson .8
Rocco Quinn .12
Tony Dingwall .26
Stuart Kettlewell .7
Steffen Wohlfarth .15
Gary Glen .20
Nicky Riley for Colin Nish (56)
Mark Stewart for Kevin McBride (77)
Gary Glen for Alex Cooper (65)
Steffen Wohlfarth for Sam Morrow (65)
John McKendrick (Referee)
The Staggies recorded their second league win over the Tayside side at Dens Park. Their latest victory saw the Staggies move 14 points clear of Dundee, with late efforts from Paul Lawson and second half Substitute Gary Glen maintaining the Dingwall side’s fine run to six matches.
County began on the offensive from the start, and almost made the breakthrough when Rocco Quinn pounced on a short back pass from Lewis Toshney but former Scotland keeper Rab Douglas raced from his line to clear the danger. County had settled quicker than the home side, playing a neat brand of attacking football, with efforts from both Quinn, and the influential Iain Vigurs failing to make the breakthrough.
The visitors had a penalty claim waved away after 19 minutes, when full back Mihael Kovacevic looked to have had his progress halted by Douglas, however referee John McKendrick waved away the visitors claims. With the visitors in almost total control, it seemed that it would only be a matter of time before the Dens Park side were punished.
Dundee had a penalty claim of their own turned down minutes later, when Scott Boyd appeared to handle a Jim McAlister effort, before Douglas denied Mihael Kovacevic and Sam Morrow in quick succession as the first period ended with the visitors looking the more likely to make the breakthrough. The Staggies almost made the perfect start to the second period, when Sam Morrow capitalised on another defensive error by Toshney but his final effort drifted wide of the upright.
After 53 minutes, Vigurs’s intelligent through ball released Steffen Wohlfarth however, the ball bobbled on the six yard line and the chance went over the bar. Morrow went even closer minutes later, when he raced onto a header from Iain Vigurs but his powerful effort was superbly pushed away by Douglas.
With the home side seen little in an attacking sense, Iain Davidson tested County keeper Mark Brown with a snap shot from 18 yards that the keeper held confidently. Richard Brittain was inches away with a well struck free-kick, after Vigurs had been upended by midfield man Kevin McBride, but the County skipper’s final effort carried inches wide of the target.
Ten minutes from time the home defence finally cracked under County pressure – Paul Lawson took a pass on the edge of the box from Steffen Wohlfarth and crashed a superb right foot effort into the net via the underside of the crossbar – amid claims the ball had not crossed the line, Referee McKendrick awarding the effort after consultation with the main stand linesman to give the visitors the lead.
With the home side pushing forward in search of an equaliser, they were caught on the counter attack, in injury-time, when substitute Gary Glen raced onto a long clearance from Mark Brown, before rounding the stranded keeper on the 18 yard line and sliding the ball into the empty net to underline the Staggies advantage throughout.
This was a well merited victory for the Victoria Park side, with the home side failing to break down a workmanlike County rearguard, while in the engine room, Richard Brittain, Iain Vigurs, Rocco Quinn and Paul Lawson merely steamrolled their opponents on their way to what could to be a massive victory.
|Mark Brown (GK)||31||13||-||13||-|
|Gary Glen (sub)||22||19||2||19||2|
|Steffen Wohlfarth (sub)||29||3||-||3||-|
No league table has been added for this season.