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Ross County secure all three points with a hard fought victory over Partick Thistle

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The Jags made one change to the side that beat Dundee last week, Kris Doolan coming in for Stephen O’Donnell. Ross County remained unchanged from the team that humbled Morton last weekend with Derek Adams keeping faith with the same side despite the return of Rocco Quinn who made it to the bench.

It wasn’t long before the first effort of the game, Christie Elliot did well with the flick on and Paul Cairney hit his half volley by the post.

Not long after Ross County had a chance of their own as Grant Munro did well to chip the ball back into the danger zone and Colin McMenamin was there with the header. It looked a certain goal but for a magnificent save from Ryan Scully who somehow tipped the ball onto the bar.

A nice one-two between David Rowson and Chris Erskine created another chance for the home side, but Rowson’s attempt went tamely over the bar.

Ross County then had a spell of pressure of their own winning a series of corners, but they were all dealt with by the Partick defence.

County again pressed forward as Michael Gardyne picked out Colin McMenamin, but he could only guide his volley high and wide.

Michael Gardyne was the one causing the Thistle defence problems as he roamed up front making him difficult to pick up, and it was County who took the lead with an astonishing goal. Iain Vigurs was fully 30 yards out when he decided to take a chance on the half volley and caressed the ball into the top corner. A wonderful strike.

Iain Vigurs then won the ball off Paul Paton before slipping Colin McMenamin clean through on goal. McMenamin tried to dummy the keeper but Ryan Scully was wise to it and McMenamin could only poke his shot into Scully’s legs.

Thistle then conjured up an opportunity for an equaliser as Kris Doolan neatly made a yard or two of space, but he fired wide.

The game saw a little bit of handbags as Paul Paton and Iain Vigurs got involved in a game of happy slapping. Both were booked and thankfully for the games sake no one was sent off.

The County players came out early for the second half eager to continue from where they left off in the first. But it was Thistle who came out the stronger with Aaron Sinclair putting in a delicious cross into the box, which was well taken by Michael Fraser.

Paul Cairney then worked his way into the box and played a clever wee ball to Kris Doolan who could only fire straight at the keeper.

Chris Erskine then carelessly gave the ball away to Gary Miller playing a great ball through to Vigurs who swiveled through two defenders and stabbed his shot towards goal only for keeper Scully to save. Gardyne then nearly made it two but he blasted his shot wide.

Aaron Sinclair did well to win a corner and from the resulting corner Kris Doolan headed down, but Fraser collected the ball.

Paul Cairney cut in well from the left then laid the ball off to David Rowson who drilled the ball into the arms of keeper Fraser. Cairney again did brilliantly to get to the byline chipping the ball into the danger zone to Kris Doolan but his header was well saved by Fraser.

Right at the death Thistle had one last chance to pull an equaliser back, Kris Doolan picking the ball out of the air before flicking his shot to the far post but Fraser did brilliantly to tip the ball past the post.

Ross County were able to see out the game and make it ten games in a row unbeaten. Derek Adams was understandably jubilant: “Well we’ve scored an unbelievable goal that was worthy of winning game. To be honest we should have been three up before they had a chance, but I’m delighted to get the win.”

Jackie McNamara on the other hand was dejected: “Disappointed not to get an equaliser but we didn’t do enough in the first half. I thought we were a lot better in the second half but we never got the breaks today.”

Partick Thistle: Scully, Paton, Sinclair, Hutton, Balatoni, Archibald, Cairney, Rowson, Doolan, Elliot (Stewart) 65 , Erskine (O’Donnell) 65.
Subs not used: Fox, Bannigan, Lindsay

Ross County: Fraser, Miller, Fitzpatrick, Bord, Munro, Lawson (Quinn) 42, Gardyne (Corcoran) 89, Kettlewell, McMenamin (Byrne) 82, Brittain, Vigurs.
Subs not used: Duncan, Malin

Referee: Euan Norris

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