Ross County 0 - 0 Motherwell  (League)

Saturday, August 4th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 4,828
Referee: Alan Muir
Ross County v Motherwell, Aug 4th 2012, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Motherwell

Goalscorers
None. None.

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

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

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

Bookings
Richard Brittain (87)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 44 apps -
Marc Fitzpatrick 36 apps -
Ross Tokely 1 app (debut) -
Scott Boyd 187 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 43 apps2 goals
Iain Vigurs 124 apps14 goals
Richard Brittain 174 apps32 goals
Martin Scott 174 apps11 goals
Russell Duncan 8 apps -
Paul Lawson 168 apps15 goals
Colin McMenamin 41 apps20 goals
Mark Corcoran (sub) 67 apps1 goal
Sam Morrow (sub) 14 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (24 years 95 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 158 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 328 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (18 years 15 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 158 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 319 days

First Team Debuts
Ross Tokely(Signed June 6th, 2012)

Milestones

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.

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