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  1. The ex-Ross County boss takes over a Dundee side who sit bottom of the league. Dundee confirmed the appointment from their website: “Dundee Football Club is delighted to announce that Jim McIntyre has tonight been appointed manager of the club. “46-year-old, Jim has enjoyed a successful managerial career over the past 10 years with time in charge at Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South and Ross County. “He won promotion to the top flight with Dunfermline in his first job in management in 2011. “After leaving the East End Park side he went on to manage Queen of the South where he enjoyed success with a 4th place finish in the Championship. “Jim moved to Ross County in 2014 and went on to lead them to their first major trophy with a League Cup win in 2015/16, a season in which he also won the SFWA Manager of the Year award. “Jim joins on a one year rolling contract and will meet the players tomorrow morning before taking training.” McIntyre has been out of management for just over a year since he was sacked from Ross County along with his assistant Billy Dodds. As of yet, there has been no word if Dodds will following him to Dens Park but it would be a brave and silly man to appoint someone as hated among the Dark Blue support as the ex-Dundee striker and assistant manager. Jim McIntyre will be unveiled in front of the press tomorrow at lunchtime.
  2. Late drama in Dingwall as Staggies stun Dundee Liam Boyce scored an injury-time penalty as Ross County beat Dundee 2-1 and condemned them to a fifth straight defeat in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. Tim Chow gave the Staggies an early lead but Darren O’Dea equalised from the spot and Jim O’Brien saw red for the hosts, only for Boyce to strike at the death before Danny Williams was also sent off for Dundee.
  3. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 0 Ross County

    Dundee and Ross County were left to rue missed opportunities as they drew 0-0 at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  4. TheDarkBlues

    Ross County 1 - 3 Dundee

    Dee get off to a flyer in the Highlands Rory Loy at the double as Dundee start with victory against Ross County Dundee got their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign off to a winning start with an impressive 3 - 1 win against a ragged Ross County at Global Energy Stadium. A Rory Loy double, one from the penalty spot, gave the visitors a two-goal cushion at the break.
  5. Resurgent Dundee looking up after win over Staggies Dundee moved up to ninth place in the table as goals from Mark O’Hara and Faissal El Bakhtaoui gave them a 2-0 victory over Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership – their second win in a row. Chris Eagles made his debut for Ross County but couldn’t find the net.
  6. Dundee began their league campaign with a disappointing opening day defeat to Ross County at Dens Park. County scored either side of each half courtesy of Jamie Lindsay and Christopher Routis and despite the Dee pulling back a late goal through Jack Hendry, it would go down as a consolation.
  7. Who was your man of the match against Ross County?
  8. Dundee lost in dramatic style to Ross Count who haven't managed to win in 18 games. County went ahead in the 49th minute through Keillor-Dunn. Waddell equalised in the 57th minute but Dundee lead didn't last long. After Schalk scored twice in a couple of minutes in the 61' and 64 minute. County made it 4 - 1 when Tim Chow drilled a ball past Parish. Shitty end to a shitty week for the Dee.
  9. The ref against Ross County was John Beaton. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  10. Who was your man of the match against Ross County in today's game?
  11. UWTB1893

    Ross County: The View From The Opposition

    That meant it was time to catch up this pages favourite Ross County fan Jailender in an attempt to see how they have been performing since our last clash. First things first. How do you rate the cubs transfer activity in the January window? I think I counted no fewer than seven new arrivals? So far the jury is out on the transfer activity. Owen Coyle has added players to the areas of the field most fans feel need strengthening, however only time will tell if they’re a success. The main concern is that none of the players signed appear to be fit with several still recovering from injuries - Taney, Eagles and N’Gog - and it’s going to take time to get them up to speed - a luxury we don’t have. There is also the concern that the fit players we have signed are all unknown with Effiong coming from non league Woking and Melbourne and Käit coming from youth teams at West Brom and Fulham, and while a little more is known about Souttar he is still only 19 years old, so there isn’t a lot of experience being added. The other bizarre thing is we’ve only released 1 player - Kenny Van Der Weg, so we now have a large squad that needs to be kept happy Bottom of the league with no wins in 13. What’s happened with County? There is no denying we are where we deserve to be. The lack of goals being scored and the silly mistakes at the back is not a good combination. It was a problem we had under Jim McIntyre, but Owen Coyle hasn’t managed to solve the problem, in fact we’ve arguably got worse - especially in terms of scoring goals! You mentioned last time around about there being a lot more enthusiasm around the club. I’m guessing that that has been replaced with something else? When I last spoke Owen Coyle has not long arrived, there is no doubt he has a bubbly personality and there was a breath of fresh air around the club. However since then his enthusiasm has turned into predictable and repetitive sound bites in radio interviews. The run of bad results hasn’t helped the mood both with the players and the fans and at present we seem to be on a never ending downward spiral. The style of play has also become stale and boring - but then constant defeats does that. I think enthusiasm has been replaced with fear and dread with most fans going to matches recently through loyalty rather than looking for entertainment. I looked over some fans comments after the defeat to Aberdeen and they seemed to be directed at the managers substitutions, formations and players positions. Is this something that the fans have been speaking about for a while? The defeats to Rangers and Aberdeen are not the results that will get us relegated - it’s the losses to Partick, Hamilton, Motherwell and yourselves that will potentially costs us our league position. But the sad fact in these games was that we never really put up a challenge against them. It seems that Coyle isn’t aware of what his best team is. We get 3 or 4 changes to the starting line ups every week, then the substitutions appear to be trial and error - or at least that’s how it seems. Even with the new faces signed over the transfer window, only one started against Rangers, and while four started against Aberdeen, two were replaced at half time and we reverted back to original squad members that were deemed not good enough only a few weeks ago. We managed a rare victory last time up at your neck of the woods. What was your take on that match? The win wasn’t overly surprising given you had just beat Rangers the week before, and unbeknown to us we were just starting the current bad run. In all honesty Dundee fully deserved the win. Mark OHara ran the show and got a pretty good goal. With it being a home game for us, it was one I was looking to win, so was really disappointed to lose that game. Are you surprised at Dundee’s January dealings? It was a strange last day of the transfer window with the triangular dealings with Hibs and Celtic. It looks as though Dundee have been left weaker as Jack Henry and Scott Allen were two of your better players - however you do still have some good players and have added Simon Murray who has a good eye for goal. Finally, both teams need a win massively here. Dundee because the fans are needing to be showed that there is life after Jack Hendry and Scott Allan and County because they sit bottom and need to start clawing back the gap. Predictions? As you can tell, I’m not really confident about the game. The main hope we have is that all runs come to an end at some point, and with you losing Allan and Hendry, maybe we can cash in on that. A draw would be a step in the right direction but in reality we now need to beat teams in the bottom half of the league so a draw isn’t good enough. However I fear we may not get that and think Dundee will win 2-0
  12. TheDarkBlues

    Ross County 0 - 2 Dundee

    The Dark Blues found their first away win of the season and first clean sheet over Ross County in the highlands. Mark O’Hara made it three goals in two games with a fantastic effort just outside the box in the 18th minute. Then with just minutes left, Faissal El Bakhtaoui secured the three points after he chipped county keeper McCarey from just outside the penalty area. Dundee moved into 9th place on goal difference after back to back wins against Rangers and Ross County. This was the Dark Blues of Tayside first clean sheet against the Staggies in the Premier league. McCann made only one change to the team that beat Rangers last Friday at Dens Park. Marcus Haber was replaced by striker Sofien Moussa due to a back injury which forced him off against Rangers. Marcus Haber took Moussa’s spot on the bench. Ross County manager Owen Coyle handed a starting place to the former Manchester United and Port Vale winger Chris Eagles. The Staggies were the first to test the resolve of the opposition keeper. Chris Eagles came in from the left unmarked, but his shot from outside the box was easily held by Parish. Then less than 30 seconds later, Roarie Deacon had a long range effort from over 20 yards which skimmed over the top of McCarey’s goal. Both teams were looking to attack and get that first goal. Ross Draper seen his header fly just wide of the Dundee goal and a Faissal El Bakhtaoui left footed shot from outside the box was blocked by the County keeper.. The Dark Blues took the lead on the 18th minute. O’Hara who looked to be full of confidence after his two goals against Rangers, did it again. A Deacon header found O’Hara in the middle of the County half, took a touch and then volleyed the ball from 25 yards out, past a helpless McCarey. Dundee nearly made it two in the 33th minute. Faissal El Bakhtaoui beat Fraser down the right and his cross came ever so close but bounced off the top of McCarey’s bar and out for a goal kick. County changed their shape at the start of the second half, resorting to a 4-4-2 formation but it was Dundee who pressed for a second goal. The Dark Blues had three chances early in the second half but couldn’t add to their lead. In the 53rd minute, McCarey couldn’t hold a low shot from Faissal El Bakhtaoui and parried the ball towards an incoming Mossua, who completely missed the ball when a simple tap in on an open goal looked certain. Josh Meekings then met a Jon Aurtenetxe low in swinging free-kick, but Meekings low stooping header was just inches past the left-hand post. In the 63rd minute, O’Hara had another shot from outside the box, however this time, his shot found its way into the arms of McCarey. It took until the 65th minute for the Staggies to really trouble Parish. An Eagles cross from the left was met by substitute McKay, but his header flew over the top of relieved Parish and landed on the roof of the net and out for a goal kick. Five minutes from time, County nearly found an equaliser through Lindsay and again, it was Eagles causing the Dundee defence problems down that left hand side. Eagles cross was headed down by McKay into the path of Lindsay, but Lindsay could only manage to scope the ball over Parish and out for a goal kick. Dundee scored the second in the 88th minute which managed to kill any hope that the Staggies had of getting a point from the game. Glen Kamara broke down a County attack and sent a superb long pass down the right to El Bakhtaoui, the little French striker lobed McCarey at the edge of the box to make it 2-0 and sealed the three points much to the delight of the away support. The Dark Blues have now taken 7 points from the last 3 games, move into 9th spot, and have kept two clean sheets in the process. This is a far cry from the run of five straight defeats which kept us at the bottom of the league.
  13. McCann said: “It was two great goals but performance-wise it was good to beat Ross County, who have been playing well under Owen Coyle. “We are showing signs of adaptability and flexibility that I have been working on. We showed a different side to our game by playing from the back. “We got that first goal then became a different animal and hit on the counter. “We have been poor this season and I think that’s the first away clean sheet Dundee have got and that’s really pleasing. “I told the players that they are beginning to show glimpses of that hard work they are putting into training. “I have to say Elliot Parish was brilliant with two clean sheets (in three games) and I am buzzing for him because he waited a long time to come in. “Mark O’Hara hit a wonderful goal and we have been encouraging him to go forward. He has that in the bag and he is starting to believe in himself now.”
  14. Dundee travelled up north to face Ross county this afternoon on the back of a fine win against Rangers last week. O'Hara opened the scoring in 18's minutes and Dundee made it two after El-Bak secured the three points in the 89th minute. Dundee now leap frog into 9th position.
  15. UWTB1893

    Ross County: The View From The Opposition

    County took all the points in our first clash against them this term as they ran out 2-1 victors at Dens on the opening day of the season. As ever, we spoke to JailEnder to catch up on what has been going on with his club since our last interview. Dundee are without a win in four against the Staggies, our last came up at Victoria Park with a 3-1 win on the first day of the 2016/17 season. We spoke before the opening match of the new Premiership season and you wrongly predicted a 1-1 draw between the clubs. Fortunately for you, it still had an empty ending with a Ross County win. Were you surprised with the win or feel that the Staggies deserved all three points? It's always hard to gauge the first game of a league season, not knowing how teams are compared to each other, but we did perform better in the first half of that game than I thought we would, and although we hung on a bit in the second half I do think the 3 points were deserved Things never went so well after that. Put out the League Cup in extra-time at home to Motherwell along with five defeats and a draw resulted in Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds losing their jobs. Was it time for them to go or did they deserve more time? The time for McIntyre and Dodds to go was long overdue - I'd have preferred had they gone a year ago to be honest. Summer of 2016 was a disaster for County with several poor managerial decisions such as the fallout with Scott Boyd and McIntyre that saw half the squad side with Boyd and the other half with McIntyre - as a result we lost a lot of good players like Ricky Foster and Brian Graham for nothing. Then there was McIntyre stubbornness to play Boyce out of position for 3 months where we barely won a game - only when he moved him back as a striker at the tail end of the season did things improve. Although we finished 7th in the league, given the cost of our squad last season we should have been top 6. Owen Coyle being announced as the new manager was a shock announcement wasn’t it? It was a bit of a shock to see Coyle announced, but when you look back through managerial appointments made by Roy McGregor he usually brings in a surprise. But after hearing the interviews and how Coyle and McGregor have stayed in touch since he played at County 15 years ago or so maybe it wasn't as surprising as we thought. Also it appears that Coyle and McGregor have the same style of values, personally and work wise. So by the sounds of things, there is a longer term friendship there than most knew about. Since his arrival he has managed eleven out of twenty-four points. A good return so far, especially since you had to play both Celtic and Aberdeen? Coyle has improved us a lot since he arrived. 11 out of 24 points might not sound earth shattering, but I think we had only won 6 from 18 points before that, so the points ratio has improved. The style of play is better too, defensively it's much much better. Under McIntyre we knew we'd have to score twice just to get a point, now there is a good chance of us keeping a clean sheet, while scoring goals is still an issue in games, there is a bit more of an attacking and exciting style to our play. What has he changed around the club? There is also a lot more enthusiasm around the club. Coyle himself emits enthusiasm and it appears to be rubbing off on everyone from the players, to admin staff and the fans. You mentioned before that a 7th place finish could be achieved. Considering how tight this league is (excluding the top), do you think you can still achieve this finish? 7th place is still achievable, in fact I wouldn't rule out aiming for 6th too. So many teams are closely matched and swap places all the time, it'll all come down to who gets a good run at the end of the season. A good run by any team just before the split could see anyone nick that 6th place. So while the results will be important, the timing of the run could also be equally important. Finally, we have only picked up one point away from home all season. You must fancy County for this? Dundee fans will be on a high though after Fridays victory over Rangers. Predictions? I watched the Dundee vs Rangers game last Friday evening as we play both teams in the next week.. During the first half I was saying to my son that we should be looking for 2 wins against you both. However the second half showed that Dundee might have the most gifted players, but there is a fighting spirit in that team so it won't be easy. I'd still hope we can win this game, and to be honest would be disappointed if we don't but it's not going to be easy. We'll have to be at our best to win County 1-0 Dundee
  16. TheDarkBlues

    Ross County 1 – 1 Dundee

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  17. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Ross County

    Neil McCann named exactly the same starting line-up and substitutes as he deployed in last week’s win at Kilmarnock. County’s only change was the return of top scorer Liam Boyce from injury, with Kenny van der Weg moving to the bench. The game started at a frantic pace, with the ball zipping from end to end but County ominously showing more composure. Scott Bain saved superbly from Michael Gardyne, who had forced his way through Kevin Holt’s tackle to shoot. The opening goal was delayed for only a minute, however. Martin Woods headed a long cross down into the goalmouth and Liam BOYCE raced in to get a slight touch that was enough to leave Bain helpless. The Staggies were posing tricky problems for the Dee defence with neat passing attacking moves. One of these almost brought a second goal when Curran was played in behind the defence, only to prod the ball wide as Bain swiftly closed him down. After a difficult opening 20 minutes Dundee started to play their way into the game, but County continued to look dangerous on the break. It took a great covering tackle by Paul McGowan on Ryan Dow to end the danger after the Staggies broke quickly down the left. Dundee started to test County’s defence with good passing and movement, but too often good moves ended with poor final balls. The Dee’s efforts on goal were largely restricted to long range shots with Faissal El Bakhtaoui and Cammy Kerr both testing County keeper Scott Fox. Cammy Kerr had been finding space on the left of County’s defence, where wing back Ryan Dow had looked more comfortable with the wing side of his role than the back. When Dow clutched his knee after a collision he was swiftly replaced by Kenny van der Weg as County tried to get to grips with Kerr’s raiding. In first half injury time Dundee went agonisingly close when Kevin Holt swung a cross deep into the penalty area. Paul McGowan’s volley flew inches past the far post with Marcus Haber lunging at the ball, not quite able to turn it into the net. If the Staggies had much the better of the opening 20 minutes the Dee had turned the game round to become the stronger, more dangerous side for the rest of the first half. This patterm was maintained after the break as the Dark Blues grew increasingly dominant. Nick Ross replaced Tom Hateley at the interval and his patient passing proved influential. County started to tire, conceding space and possession too easily. In one impressive run Cammy Kerr powered through the midfield, only to be fouled by Martin Woods before he could reach the penalty area. A goalmouth scramble following a corner ended with Tim Chow heading the ball off the line after Marcus Haber had nodded the ball beyond Fox. El Bakhtaoui sent a shot from 25 yards dipping inches over the crossbar, and Kevin Holt came within inches of earning a penalty after his driving run from the left was ended by O’Brien’s trip on the edge of the penalty area. Kerr’s free kick was blocked by the defensive wall. Kevin Gomis was substituted by Kosta Gadzhalov midway through the half after picking up an injury. With the Dark Blues having set up camp deep in County’s half the forced change had no impact on the home defence. Finally, the Dee got the breakthrough they deserved. Nick Ross played a beautiful pass inside Craig Curran for Cammy Kerr, who was pushed over by the County midfielder 10 yards from goal. Skipper Darren O’Dea lashed the spot kick into the roof of the net. The supporters had been backing the players noisily, but equalise cranked the volume even higher as the Dee turned the screw on County, looking for a winner. Marcus Haber flashed a shot wide, and Mark O’Hara twice saw goalbound shots blocked as the Staggies defenders dug deep to keep Dundee at bay. After 84 minutes Haber missed the best chance of the match when McGowan’s cross found him free only five yards from goal. He headed straight at Fox, and County were able to survive until the final whistle. A win would have guaranteed that Dundee were safe from the play-off, but the supporters response at the final whistle showed that they regarded this as a good point; it takes the Dee five points clear of Hamilton and removes any possibility of automatic relegation. The team’s performance over the last hour after a difficult opening was full of passion and drive with plenty of good football. Again this was a good team display, which the fans appreciated. The Dark Blues are not safe yet, but on this showing they can approach the final two matches full of confidence. Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Bain Kerr, Gomis (Gadzhalov 67), O’Dea (c), Holt O’Hara, Hateley (Ross at half time), Vincent, El Bakhtaoui (Wighton 85) McGowan Haber Unused subs: Ferrie (gk), Williams, Ojamaa, Higgins. Goal: O’Dea (75 pen). Booked: McGowan (dissent), Vincent (foul on Woods), O’Dea (excessive celebration). Ross County 3-5-1-1 Fox Naismith, Davies, Fraser Gardyne, O’Brien (Tumilty 72), Chow, Woods, Dow (van der Weg 34) Curran (Schalk 78) Boyce Unused subs: McCarey, (gk), Routis, Franks, Dykes. Goal: Boyce (3). Booked: Fraser (foul on O’Hara), Woods (foul on McGowan), Gardyne (off the ball incident involving El Bakhtaoui), O’Brien (foul on Holt), Tumilty (foul on Holt). Attendance: 6,812 (248 away fans). Referee: Nick Walsh. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Willie Conquer. Fourth official: Craig Thomson. Report: James Christie.
  18. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 0 Ross County

    Dundee made two changes from last week's defeat at Kilmarnock. Kevin Gomis returned in central defence, replacing Julen Etxabeguren. James Vincent dropped onto the bench with Jesse Curran coming in for his first league start in midfield. County were unchanged from their 2-2 draw at home to Hearts. Both sides had half chances from corners in the first few minutes. County captain Andew Davies found himself unmarked 13 yards out but his hooked volley flew straight at Scott Bain. At the other end Jesse Curran dummied over a low Tom Hateley corner to let Craig Wighton shoot from 15 yards, but Scott Fox saved comfortably. That set the tone for an uninspiring first half in which both defences looked vulnerable at times. The Dark Blue and Staggies attacks looked occasionally dangerous, but neither side could quite put a move together that would punish the defences. County's Dutch left back Kenny van der Weg swung in a dangerous cross that neither Michael Gardyne and Craig Curran could reach. A breakthrough for Dundee looked most likely to come from Cammy Kerr's raiding down that same wing. He fired in a couple of promising crosses that no-one could get on the end of. Midway through the first half County put together a neat move that gave Tony Dingwall room to shoot from the edge of the penalty area, but he blasted his shot too high. Craig Wighton did well to make space and run in from the right, only to hit his low cross ahead of Marcus Haber. From a corner Darren O'Dea glanced a near post header across goal and past the far post, yet again without a Dark Blue player attacking the ball. Ross County did force the ball into the net just after the break. Davies headed past Bain, but the referee ruled the goal out for a two handed push on Darren O'Dea, a decision that the County players didn't think was worth contesting. Davies was a threat again a few minutes later when the Dee defence failed to clear a corner, but stretching the Staggies skipper could only turn the ball into Bain's gloves. Craig Curran went close for County with a shot from wide on the left. For the Dee Craig Wighton missed even more narrowly with a first time shot from 22 yards after he was the only player to anticipate the path of an awkwardly looping high ball. Jesse Curran had a good run that was ended by a crude foul by Jay McEveley just outside the penalty area, but Tom Hateley hit his free kick straight at Fox. Jesse Curran was then replaced by Faissal El Bakhtaoui as Paul Hartley tried to force a win with a more attacking formation. Sadly it didn't work out. Like the visitors Dundee couldn't settle on the ball in midfield and make passes that could hurt County. On the break County did find more space, but they repeatedly failed to do anything with it. The longer the game went on the more it became a midfield battle of attrition with the foul count and bookings mounting. In quick succession both teams wasted great chances to win the game and from then on the goalless draw looked inevitable. First Christopher Routis bent his shot around the post after Liam Boyce's flick had given him a clear shot from 10 yards. A Kevin Gomis challenge on the half way line then sent the ball flying over the County defence leaving Marcus Haber in the clear. He skillfully controlled the ball with his chest, had time to pick his spot but from 12 yards out hammered his shot wide. The game opened up in the last 10 minutes as both teams tried to grab a valuable win, but nobody could find the quality or composure to create a winning goal. Scott Bain saved well from County substitute Alex Schalk's header, and one of Dundee's better moves ended with Cammy Kerr heading a McGowan cross across goal where it was cleared for a corner. A goal for either side would have been a surprise, however. Some 0-0 draws are exciting and entertaining matches, but this wasn't one of them. The previous four matches between the clubs produced 24 goals and endless talking points. After an unconvincing first half the two defences looked more convincing after the break. With both sets of midfielders and forwards misfiring it was hard to begrudge the defenders their clean sheets on a day when neither side could do enough to deserve three points. Dundee FC 3-5-2 Bain Gomis, Gadzhalov, O'Dea (c) Kerr, Hateley (Vincent 84), McGowan, Curran (El Bakhtaoui 57), Holt Haber, Wighton Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Duffy, Loy, Williams, Ross. Booked: McGowan (foul on Boyce), Gadzhalov (foul on Dow). Ross County 4-2-3-1 Fox van der Weg, McEveley, Davies (c), Fraser Chow, Routis Dingwall (Franks 76), Boyce, Gardyne (Schalk 61) Curran (Dow 61) Unused subs: McCarey (gk), Quinn, McShane, Dykes. Booked: Boyce (foul on Kerr), McEveley (foul on Curran), Dow (foul on El Bakhtaoui). Attendance: 4,742 (153 away supporters) Referee: Euan Anderson. Assistants: Alastair Mather, Sean Carr. Fourth official: Bobby Madden. Report: James Christie.
  19. TheDarkBlues

    Ross County 1 - 3 Dundee

    The Dark Blues made two changes from last Saturday. Mark O'Hara and Rory Loy started in place of Yordi Teijsse, who was on the bench, and Greg Stewart, who was injured in training. New signing Faissal El Bakhtaoui was named as a substitute. Like Dundee County also ran up a 7-0 win in the Betfred Cup last week and their only change was Scott Fox replacing Aaron McCarey in goal. The game took a while to get going as both sides slugged it out in midfield without troubling the defences greatly. County were first to threaten when Jay McEveley broke down the left and crossed. Brian Graham miskicked and recovered to scoop the ball beyond Scott Bain, only for Kevin Holt to clear. Dundee responded by taking control in midfield and putting the home defence under pressure. The opening goal arrived after 13 minutes, beautifully crafted by two of the new boys. Danny Williams clipped a clever ball over the County defence allowing Mark O'Hara to run through on the right and hit a dangerous low cross into the goalmouth, where Rory LOY scored with a crisp, close range volley. The Dark Blues played with increased confidence after the goal, pressing the Staggies effectively in midfield where James Vincent and Paul McGowan in the holding positions were ably assisted by the hard work of the three advanced midfielders who harried County mercilessly as they tried to build attacks. Dundee always lookedcapable of extending their lead and Loy went close to a second goal when he drilled an 18 yard shot narrowly wide after good approach play by O'Hara and McGowan. Late in the first half Dundee put serious pressure on County with a series of corners. The Dark Blues movement at set pieces had been posing problems, and Jay McEvely gave away a penalty when he hauled Mark O'Hara down at the far post as Michael Duffy's corner came in. Rory LOY scored confidently from the spot, as the large Dee support behind that goal celebrated. Dundee almost added a quick, killer third goal. Mark O'Hara's run from midfield took him past two defenders and through with only Scott Fox to beat. After doing the hard part so well sadly he couldn't finish and just missed the outside of the post with his shot. The Dark Blues started the second half well, looking for a decisive third goal. Danny Williams combined neatly with Cammy Kerr before dribbling his way along the byline but Rory Loy couldn't get a shot away when the cross came in. County started to push Dundee back, and launched a series of high balls into the penalty area but the Dundee defence held firm against the aerial assault. The Dark Blues were secure on the flanks where the full backs, Cammy Kerr and Kevin Holt both had fine games. They had highly effective assistance from the wide players in front of them, Danny Williams and Michael Duffy. As a result the Staggies were forced to fall back on crosses from poor positions that Darren O'Dea and Julen Etxabeguren dealt with confidently. Just after the hour the Dark Blues grabbed the crucial third goal with a swift and ruthlessly executed goal on the break. James Vincent blocked McEveley's attempt from 30 yards and the Dark Blues raced up the field. Loy swept the ball out to the right allowing Duffy to run clear and roll a pass infield for Paul McGOWAN to score with a first time shot under Scott Fox. Scott Bain pulled off the save of the match to touch Michael Gardyne's curling effort round the post, but the Staggies scored from the resulting corner. The ball broke to substitute Craig CURRAN, 16 yards out and his deflected shot flew past Bain. In the remaining 25 minutes County put Dundee under sustained pressure, but failed to create clear chances. Dundee looked more composed in possession, and when they had the ball looked more dangerous. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaced Danny Williams for the last 20 minutes, then Nick Ross came on for Michael Duffy to help the Dee see out the match. Mark O'Hara had a very impressive league debut and he set up a late chance by forcing his way through two tackles on the right. James Vincent then found Rory Loy, whose curling 18 yard shot was saved by Fox. Dundee opened the league campaign last year with a spectacular 4-0 win at Kilmarnock. This win had none of the fireworks that the Dark Blues served up that day, but it was an excellent, professional performance at a very difficult venue where Dundee have struggled in recent seasons. The Dark Blues were tight, hard-working and effective all over the park and took their chances well. The defence acquitted themselves well under some fierce late pressure, and the midfield was far more assured and incisive than the hosts, with Rory Loy taking the chance to show what he can do, both as a scorer and linking with the midfield. Many supporters might have been nervous looking at the line-up, with Kane Hemmings having been sold and Greg Stewart unavailable. However, today's team served notice that there is plenty of quality throughout the squad and fully deserved their hard fought win. Ross County 3-4-1-2 Fox Davies, Quinn (c), McEveley Gardyne, Routis, Woods (McShane 26), van der Weg (Franks 37) Schalk, Graham (Curran 64) Unused subs: McCarey (gk), Foster, Cikos, T Dingwall. Booked: Quinn (foul on Loy), McEveley (foul on O'Hara), Routis (foul on Loy). Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Kerr, Etxabeguren, O'Dea (c), Holt Vincent, McGowan Williams (El Bakhtaoui 72), O'Hara, Duffy (Ross 80) Loy Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Teijsse, Gadzhalov, Curran, Wighton. Goals: Loy (13, 41 pen), McGowan (61). Booked: Williams (foul on Gardyne), McGowan (foul on Schalk). Attendance: 3,669 (840 Dees). Referee: Bobby Madden. Assistants: Graham Chambers, Anthony Cooper. Fourth official: Craig Napier. Report: James Christie.
  20. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 5 - 2 Ross County

    Injuries and suspensions forced Paul Hartley to make four changes. With Scott Bain suspended David Mitchell made his first start in goal. Julen Etxabguren and Thomas Konrad replaced the injured Kosta Gadzhalov and Paul McGinn, while Rory Loy replaced suspended skipper Gary Harkins, although in a more advanced role. Paul McGowan took over the captain's armband. 17 year old central defender Kerr Waddell was on the bench, making his first appearance in a senior squad. County made two changes. Martin Woods and Jonathan Franks came in for Jackson Irvine and Stewart Murdoch. The game got off to a breathtaking start and the whirlwind action didn't let up for the rest of the first half. In the second minute Cammy Kerr launched himself at a diagonal ball from Nick Ross, but couldn't keep his header from six yards down. Kerr nearly set up the opening goal when Richard Foster fell over and missed McGowan's through ball, but Rory Loy's shot on the turn from the cut back lacked the power to beat keeper Gary Woods. David Mitchell was quickly called into action when he had to beat away Alex Schalk's low cross shot. County then had a couple of corners, but it was the Dark Blues who opened the scoring with a fast break out of defence. Kane Hemmings' pass allowed Greg STEWART to run through the middle, check back onto his left foot and pass the ball around Woods and into the corner of the net from 18 yards, an impressively composed finish to an incisive move. Only two minutes later, with just eight minutes on the clock the Dee went two ahead. Kevin Holt headed a Stewart pass down into the goalmouth. The Staggies' defence hesitated and Kane HEMMINGS seized the chance in a flash, whipping a low first time shot past Woods. Stewart nearly added an instant third with another curling shot from the edge of the penalty area, but this one took a deflection that sent the ball wide. Disappointingly after some thrilling attacking the Dark Blues gave away a soft goal from a corner after 14 minutes. Martin Wood's delivery to the near post was firmly headed past Mitchell by the unmarked Andrew DAVIES. County threatened to grab a shock equaliser when Michael Gardyne broke free down the left, but Woods volley from the cross was high and wide. Dundee started to reassert their control of an open and hugely entertaining game in which neither defence looked entirely happy. The Dark Blues, however, had the edge in attack and threatened a nervous County defence with some slick moves. After 37 minutes Dundee deservedly extended their lead. A lovely, flowing move ended with Nick Ross finding Loy in the penalty area. With his back to goal he played the ball back to Hemmings who tried a curling shot towards the top corner, only for LOY to divert the ball with a glancing header that left Gary Woods helpless as the ball sailed into the back of the net. County had looked particularly vulnerable down their left flank, and after left back Richard Foster was booked for a dreadful foul on Stewart he was removed from the action before the referee did it for him. Stewart Murdoch replaced him, but the Staggies were given a tough time down that wing by Kerr and Stewart for the whole match. The game was threatening to drift away from County, but to their credit, they dug their way back into the match with an important second goal just before the break. Alex SCHALK burrowed his way into the penalty area from the left, checked back onto his right foot and curled his shot towards Mitchell's top corner. The keeper got a hand to the ball, but it looped under the bar to confirm that plenty more work would be required from the Dee in the second half to clinch the win. Shortly after the break there was a lengthy delay while Darren O'Dea was treated for a head knock, but happily he was able to continue. Hesitancy in the home defence gave Gardyne a half chance, but he slashed his shot well over the bar. Dundee then twice went close from corners. First, McShane cleared Hemmings' header off the line and from the next corner O'Dea headed just over the bar. County threatened when Dundee failed to clear a free kick and Mitchell had to move smartly to block a Davies shot. The game went through a flatter spell for 20 minutes. It was hardly tedious, but it lacked the fireworks we'd seen earlier, and would see again in the closing stages. Dundee always looked dangerous on the ball, without creating clear chances during this spell. Yet again a central defender was forced out of the game through injury as Julen Etxabeguren was replaced after 72 minutes by Darryll Meggatt. The substitute stepped effectively into the defence, making some important challenges and interceptions. Dundee's attacks became increasingly dangerous as County started to chase an equaliser. Kerr broke up an attack and charged forward only to be felled by a bad foul by Martin Woods. Stewart's free kick found Hemmings, whose header shaved the outside of the post. Kevin Holt saw his header fly just too high after great play by Cammy Kerr, who was celebrating his new contract with a swashbuckling display down the right wing. Craig Wighton replaced Rory Loy after 79 minutes, and six minutes later he scored his first goal of the season. Nick Ross's pass gave Greg Stewart the chance to cut in from the right wing. His shot from just inside the area was blocked, but the ball fell to WIGHTON who smashed the ball past Woods from 10 yards. With the points safe the Dark Blues turned on the style in the last few minutes and it was no surprise when they scored a classy fifth. Another swift break out of defence saw Wighton move the ball on to STEWART, who shimmied into the penalty area, dancing one way, then the other, tying the defence in knots before applying the coup de grace with a cool finish into the corner of the goal from 16 yards. The keeper didn't even bother to move. Stewart was then replaced by Jesse Curran for the final minute, receiving a well deserved standing ovation from the Dark Blues' supporters. At the final whistle the crowd rose to applaud the Dee and the tannoy blasted out "That's Entertainment" by the Jam. Dundee might not have been all that convincing in defence at times in the first half, but they were very impressive in attack. It was that extra flair and confidence that proved too much for a County team that never gave up, but who were second best on the day. The Dark Blues and the Staggies have shared 20 goals equally in the three games this season. That's entertainment indeed, and this was just the sort of fare to send the supporters home with a smile. Dundee FC 3-4-1-2 Mitchell Konrad, Etxabeguren (Meggatt 72), O'Dea Kerr, McGowan (c), Ross, Holt Stewart (Curran 94) Loy (Wighton 79), Hemmings Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Arturo, Colquhoun, Waddell. Goals: Stewart (6, 92), Hemmings (8), Loy (37), Wighton (85) Booked: Konrad (foul on Boyce), Holt (foul on Franks) Ross County 4-4-1-1 Gary Woods Fraser, Quinn, Davies, Foster (Murdoch 43) Franks (Dingwall 76), Martin Woods, McShane, Gardyne Schalk (Graham 69) Boyce Unused subs: Fox (gk), Robertson, Goodwillie, De Vita. Goals: Davies (14), Schalk (44) Booked: Davies (foul on Loy), Foster (foul on Stewart), Martin Woods (foul on Kerr) Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Alasdair Ross, Ralph Gordon. Fourth official: Steven McLean. Attendance: 5,095 (217 County supporters) Report: James Christie
  21. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 3 - 3 Ross County

    The Dark Blues made four changes following the defeat by Celtic. Gary Irvine, Thomas Konrad, Gary Harkins and Nicky Low dropped out of the starting line up. In came Kevin Holt, Julen Etxebeguren, Riccardo Calder for his first start and Rory Loy who was making his home debut. County made only one change from their last league game, captain Andrew Davies returning in the place of Scott Boyd. Sporting their Battle of Loos commemorative shirt Dundee started well with Riccardo Calder looking very lively on the left wing. County were relieved to escape an early scramble in their six yard box after a good build up by Calder and Greg Stewart. Stewart was full of skill and invention on the right and neatly beat Davies to run clear, but a yard outside the penalty area he was pulled down by the County captain, who was duly booked. Dundee couldn't take advantage of the free kick and were punished when the visitors broke upfield to open the scoring after 18 minutes. Irvine raced over the half way line and gave Liam BOYCE the chance to nip past McGinn and score with a low, angled drive. The goal was rather against the run of play, but Dundee roared back with an equaliser inside a minute. STEWART ran in from the right, beat a man and slid the ball inside Scott Fox's near post from 16 yards in a neat variation on his trademark curling finish across the keeper. After those fireworks the game settled into a drabber midfield slog that suited the forceful pressing of County's midfield. It seemed likely the first half would provide no more goals, but Dundee made life unnecessarily difficult by conceding two bad, late goals. Marcus Fraser's inswinging cross from the right was nowhere near any County forwards. Scott Bain looked favourite to claim it, but the ball glanced off James MCPAKE's head and into the net past the helpless keeper. The third goal was little better from the viewpoint of Dundee's defence. Irvine's deep cross from the left found Michael GARDYNE who scored with a looping header over Bain. A 3-1 deficit was harsh on the Dee, but they had only their own poor poor defending to blame. The first half had been fairly even, but after the break the Dark Blues rose to the challenge of saving the game. They took charge from the start and never eased their grip on the game. An early goal was crucial and when it arrived eight minutes into the second half it completely changed the game and the atmosphere. Stewart whipped a free kick into goalmouth where Davies pulled McPake down to pick up a second yellow card and concede a penalty. Rory LOY wasn't fazed by a lengthy delay, and calmly stroked the spot kick past Fox. County immediately pulled off Brian Graham and sent on Scott Boyd to shore up the defence. From then on the match was played almost entirely in the visitors' half as the Staggies sat deep and tried to stave off the equaliser as wave after wave of Dark Blue attacks poured into the penalty area. Calder was seeing plenty of the ball and excited the crowd with his skill and determination. He should have scored when Stewart's corner found him unmarked, but he volleyed over the bar from six yards. Calder was unluckier when Fox pulled of a great diving save to keep out the youngster's low drive after he had linked cleverly with Stewart. The pressure on the Staggies' goal was relentless and life didn't get any easier for their defence when Gary Harkins replaced Kevin Thomson, who was booked in the first half and looked to be in danger of picking up a red card. Within a minute of the substitution Dundee were on level terms, thanks to an outstanding assist and an equally good finish. Paul McGinn picked up the ball just inside the Dundee half and set off on a great run, beating two men and slotting a perfect pass through for LOY, who had made a clever diagonal run, and finished off a classy move by rifling the ball across Fox and inside the far post. It looked like Dundee might win a second penalty when Stewart went down under Murdoch's challenge, but the referee Mr Thomson was unimpressed. Rhys Healey replaced Kane Hemmings in the closing stages during which Dundee pummelled the Staggies' defence. Kevin Holt nearly snatched a late winner but a terrific save by Fox turned his fierce low shot round the post. Deep into injury time Harkins came agonisingly close to a winner when his header beat Fox but Robertson saved a point for the Staggies by lunging to hook the ball off the line. After being two goals down at half time a draw might seem like a good result. However, a one-sided second half meant that County were by far the happier side at the final whistle. There was much to enjoy in Dundee's attacking play, and this would certainly have been a win for the Dark Blues if very poor defending hadn't let them down in the first half. After conceding eight goals in the first seven games Dundee have lost nine goals in their last two games. Riccardo Calder and Rory Loy had very good home debuts, and Greg Stewart posed a huge danger to County's defence throughout. The combination play of Loy, Stewart and Hemmings gave the Dark Blues plenty of attacking threat. With Calder also in the mix County didn't have a moment to relax, especially in the second half. On a poignant afternoon for the club and the city this was certainly a spirited and entertaining match, but it could and should have been better for the Dee. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Bain McGinn, Konrad, McPake (Konrad 72), Holt Stewart, Thomson (Harkins 67), Ross, Calder Hemmings (Healey 78), Loy Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Meggatt, Dryden, Curran Goals: Stewart (19), Loy (53 pen, 68) Booked: Thomson (foul on Fraser), Stewart (dissent) Ross Co 4-4-1-1 Fox Fraser, Davies, Robertson, Reckord Gardyne, Irvine, Martin Woods (Murdoch half time), De Vita (Foster 71) Boyce Graham (Boyd 53) Unused subs: Garry Woods (gk), Franks, McShane, Dingwall Goals: Boyce (18), McPake og (37), Gardyne (42) Booked: Davies (fouls on Stewart and Hemmings) Sent off: Davies (two bookings) Referee: Craig Thomson. Assistants: Kylie McMullan, Gordon Crawford. 4th official: David Lowe. Attendance: 5,128 Report: James Christie
  22. TheDarkBlues

    Ross County 1 - 0 Dundee

    The only change from last week's win was Paul McGowan dropping out through injury; Gary Harkins came in to play as the solo striker. Injuries left the Dee with an inexperienced bench; Calvin Colquhoun appeared in the match squad for the first time. Dundee's best move of the game came in only the second minute when Jim McAlister worked a slick move on the left with Greg Stewart before driving a dangerous low ball across County's goal that evaded his team mates. The fans saw little to entertain them in a first half in which both defences were largely untroubled. The Staggies showed commendable urgency, but they often tried to move the ball forward too quickly and lacked the composure to get through the Dark Blues' defence. Dundee on the other hand were usually too intricate and didn't have the cutting edge to worry County. The only chance of the first half fell to County. Thomas Konrad's clearance cannoned off Boyce's face. Gardyne had space to shoot, but crashed his effort well over the bar. The Dark Blues suffered a blow shortly before the break when Greg Stewart had to be replaced by Craig Wighton. Stewart had been taking some heavy challenges, especially one from behind by Quinn. After that the Dee's top scorer didn't look happy and it was no surprise when he had to go off. In the second half the Staggies gave their supporters something to cheer as they stepped up the tempo to great effect. Style was the last thing on their minds as they put in 49 minutes of relentless, frantic hard work. Their hyper-energetic game unsettled Dundee who could never get a passing game going. Every time a Dundee player got the ball he was mobbed by the furiously pressing Staggies. The Dark Blues were fortunate not to fall behind shortly after the break. Following a corner De Vita fired over a dangerous second ball, finding Boyd beyond the far post. Scott Bain spread himself to block and Boyd's shot deflected off the inside of his leg, flying just past the post. Bain then had to sprint from the penalty area to clear a long ball aimed for Irvine. County were on top now and Irvine was unlucky when Bain pulled off a superb save to turn his snapshot from 18 yards onto the post. Kevin Thomson had done a good job in his holding midfield role in the first half but was struggling after the break. It was worrying to see him forced to leave the pitch after an hour, with Simon Ferry replacing him. Shortly after Thomson's departure County grabbed the goal they'd been threatening since the break. After 65 minuts Boyce gave Gardyne the chance to burst into the penalty area and he pulled the ball across Bain to give RECKORD a tap in. Dundee never looked like pulling the goal back. County were fired up and utterly relentless in their grafting and pressure. It was ugly, but nobody is interested in winning plaudits for style when they are fighting for their livelihoods at the bottom of the table. Dundee's tentative efforts to chase an equaliser merely gave the home side more space. The Staggies were unfortunate not to add to their lead when substitute Jervis headed against the bar from De Vita's cross. The Dark Blues' forays into the home penalty area were rare and they weren't able to create a clear chance in the whole game. James McPake moved up front towards the end, and the Dark Blues did force County back in injury time. However, the Staggies held out comfortably and were well worth the win. Today the Dark Blues just didn't have the composure or cutting edge to deserve anything from the game. It was unfortunate they lost the two players who offer those very qualities. The defence did reasonably well, but the midfield lost out in the midfield battle and simply couldn't create anything of note in the final third. Dundee have at least a couple of weeks without a game, and they will need that time to try and get players fit again for the run in to the split. Ross County FC 4-4-2 Brown Fraser, Quinn, Boyd, Reckord Gardyne (Cardle 68), Irvine, Woods, De Vita Curran (Kiss 84), Boyce (Jervis 74) Unused subs: Reguero (gk), Meite, Sernas, Carey Goal: Reckord (65) Booked: Curran (foul on Konrad), Woods (foul on Stephen McGinn) Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Paul McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer Stephen McGinn, Thomson (Ferry 60) Harris (Black 81), McAlister, Stewart (Wighton 44) Harkins Unused subs: Letheren (gk), McBride, Gadzhalov, Colquhoun Booked: Paul McGinn (foul on Woods) Referee: Andrew Dallas Attendance: 3,413 (484 Dees) Report: James Christie
  23. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Ross County

    Paul Hartley made four changes. Alex Harris started, after joining on loan from Hibs for the rest of the season. Scott Bain and Kevin Thomson returned from injury while Paul McGinn came in after serving a one match suspension. Schenk, Konrad, Harkins and Dyer all moved onto the bench. Each side had a half chance in the first three minutes. Careless Dundee defending gave Boyce room in the penalty area, but he shot too high. At the other end Paul McGowan found himself in space 20 yards out. He chipped the keeper, but the ball drifted over the bar. After only six minutes County were reduced to 10 men when Dunfield was dismissed for a high challenge on Paul McGinn. Dundee came close twice before County had a chance to change their formation. Stewart's pass let Harris reach the byline. and McAlister met his cutback with a low shot. Reguero saved with his feet and Clarkson blasted the loose ball across goal and just past the far post. Clarkson then sent Stewart racing into the penalty area, but under pressure from the advancing keeper he hooked his shot over the bar. The visitors reacted by withdrawing winger Joe Cardle and sending on central defender Scott Boyd, with the experienced Richard Brittain moving forward to midfield. Brittain's free kick from 25 yards forced Bain to make a good low save down by his post. Dundee continued to dominate and looked dangerous whenever they came forward although County were defending in depth. A fine Thomson pass sent Irvine into the box, but he shot just wide into the side netting. In a rare County attack another spot of carelessness allowed Kiss to fire in a shot that was deflected wide for a corner. As the pressure mounted on County Clarkson passed up a golden opportunity to get back on the goal trail. He blazed past the post after Stewart had set up what looked like an easy chance. Dundee kept up fierce pressure on the County defence, but couldn't force a breakthrough before the interval. The visitors made a more adventurous start to the second half. They spent the first few minutes in the Dundee half, without looking remotely dangerous, or even actually reaching the penalty area. The Dark Blues were soon back on the attack and finally opened up the County defence after 51 minutes. Harris played a good pass out to Irvine, whose cross was swept high into the net from 12 yards by Jim MCALISTER. Dundee were in full control now and looking likely to add to their lead. Luka Tankulic came on for Clarkson, and was quickly involved. He played a fine pass inside the left back to relase Harris. The cutback caused chaos in the County defence and Tankulic smashed a shot against the outside of the post. McPake and Reguero needed lengthy treatment after this incident, and play was held up for four minutes while the County keeper had his head bandaged. When play resumed Reguero was quickly under pressure and struggled to deal with a succession of crosses. Amazingly Dundee managed to concede a dreadful goal when they looked totally dominant. County had offered nothing in attack since the break, but Jackson was able to break down the right after McGowan lost the ball with a poor first touch on the halfway line. Only McGinn was back when Kiss's cross came over. The ball flew over his head and CURRAN volleyed in the equaliser at the back post. Dundee had managed to turn promising pressure into a soft equaliser when there was absolutely no danger. James McPake seemed to be struggling after he had received treatment, and was replaced by Thomas Konrad when County scored. The rest of the match was agonisingly frustrating for the Dark Blue supporters. Dundee had endless pressure as County pulled everyone back. The Dee still managed to find plenty of space, especially on the right where Reckord's positioning allowed McGinn and Harris far too much room. Nevertheless the final ball into the box was seldom good enough. Gary Harkins replaced Paul McGowan, but couldn't provide the moment of magic Dundee needed so desperately. Harris drove a low ball across goal with both McAlister and Tankulic lunging but just failing to turn it into the net. Tankulic laid the ball off to give McAlister a great chance from 12 yards, but he couldn't find enough power to beat Reguero. Another low cross by Harris caught out the defence; both Tankulic and Stewart swung at the ball but neither could connect. Stewart then fired a low ball across from the left, but McAlister couldn't quite reach it. Finally, deep into injury time, Stewart blazed over after making space. The final whistle brought a few boos from the home support, and delighted applause from the away fans after their team had dug out an unlikely point. Dundee's failure to clinch the points today was astonishing. Against 10 men they had non-stop pressure, and enough chances to win several games, but they contrived to throw away two points. The defence had very little to do, but never looked entirely convincing when County did move forward. Although the Dee midfield were in control, and kept the game flowing towards the County goal, Dundee just couldn't turn all the pressure into a win. Newcomer Alex Harris showed plenty of promise and combined well with Paul McGinn. During a frustrating second half the pair of them always looked as if they might provide a winner for the Dee, but it wasn't to be. This was an ideal opportunity to get back on track after a poor spell and a draw was a very poor and disappointing result in the circumstances. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain McGinn, McPake (Konrad 68), Davidson, Irvine Thomson, McAlister Harris, McGowan (Harkins 78), Stewart Clarkson (Tankulic 55) Unused subs: Schenk (gk), MacDonald, Carreiro, Dyer Goal: McAlister (51) Booked: McPAke (foul on Boyce), Irvine (foul on Saunders) Ross County 4-5-1 Reguero Brittain, Saunders, Quinn, Reckord Curran (Jervis 76), Irvine, Kiss, Dunfield, Cardle (Boyd 15) Boyce (Ross 69) Unused subs: Brown (gk), Carey, Maatsen, MacLeod Goal: Curran (64) Booked: Brittain (foul on McPake), Saunders (foul on Stewart) Sent off: Dunfield (straight red, foul on McGinn) Referee: Craig Thomson Attendance: 5,017 Report: James Christie

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