Ross County 0
Motherwell 0
League (SPL)

Ross County
0 - 0

League (SPL)
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Global Energy Stadium. Att. 4,828
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Derek Adams
Stuart McCall

Starting Eleven
Michael Fraser
6. Ross Tokely
5. Scott Boyd
Grant Munro
3. Marc Fitzpatrick
Russell Duncan
8. Paul Lawson
11. Iain Vigurs
Richard Brittain
14. Martin Scott
Colin McMenamin
Darren Randolph
Steven Hammell
Nicky Law
Shaun Hutchinson
Tom Hateley
Chris Humphrey
Michael Higdon
Jamie Murphy
Keith Lasley
Simon Ramsden
Omar Daley

Joe Malin
Mihael Kovacevic
Archie MacPhee
26. Tony Dingwall
Alex Cooper
15. Mark Corcoran
Sam Morrow
Lee Hollis
Robert McHugh
Henrik Ojamaa
Jonathan Page
Adam Cummins
Zaine Francis-Angol
Stevie Hetherington

Mark Corcoran for Russell Duncan (68)
Sam Morrow for Martin Scott (77)
Henrik Ojamaa for Chris Humphrey (70)
Robert McHugh for Omar Daley (83)

Richard Brittain (87)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Ross County opened their Scottish Premier League account with a solid if unspectacular goalless draw with Motherwell.

The best opportunity fell to Michael Higdon when the visiting striker connected in the six yard box only for the ball to fly over the crossbar.

County were well-organised at the back, with gnarled defensive stalwarts Grant Munro and Ross Tokely in dominant form. There was an early scare for the home side when Jamie Murphy curled in a cross that evaded everyone in the penalty area and bounced narrowly wide of Michael Fraser's post. Darren Randolph then had to look lively to tip over a header from Munro.

New Motherwell defender Simon Ramsden hammered a shot wide from distance before Tokely made a vital headed interception to deny Higdon. The first half ended with Higdon looking skyward in disbelief as he diverted Chris Humphrey's corner over the top. County are largely unchanged from the side that ran away with last season's First Division title and their shortcomings in the final third were evident.

The crowd in the newly-seated Jail End were on their feet early in the second half as Tokely lumbered into the penalty area but the full-back hesitated and his low cross was cut out by a defender in claret and amber.

Paul Lawson tried his luck from long range and a stretching Tokely was inches away from getting on the end of a long Richard Brittain free kick as the home side enjoyed their best spell.

Substitute Henrik Ojamaa thrilled briefly with a mazy run but could find no way through the brick wall of big men in blue shirts, while Fraser held onto a daisy-cutter from Omar Daley.

Squad Statistics (as at August 4th, 2012)

2012/13 All Time
Michael Fraser (GK)28 1 - 44 -
Grant Munro31 1 - 432
Scott Boyd26 1 - 18711
Ross Tokely33 1 - 1 -
Marc Fitzpatrick26 1 - 36 -
Russell Duncan31 1 - 8 -
Martin Scott26 1 - 17411
Richard Brittain28 1 - 17432
Iain Vigurs24 1 - 12414
Paul Lawson28 1 - 16715
Colin McMenamin31 1 - 4120
Mark Corcoran (sub)31 1 - 671
Sam Morrow (sub)27 1 - 144

League Table (as at August 4th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.