Scottish Premiership
St Mirren2Ross County1

St Mirren 2-1 Ross County

St Mirren belatedly picked up all three points in their rearranged match with nine-man Ross County.

Kenny McLean and Conor Newton scored either side of half-time to give the home side a 2-0 lead.

Steven Saunders pulled one back, but two red cards in five minutes ended any hope of a dramatic comeback.

Ivan Sproule was shown a straight red for a dangerous high challenge on Marc McAusland, before goalscorer Saunders received a second yellow card.

County had a late penalty claim when Saints skipper Jim Goodwin appeared to handle in the box, but referee Willie Collum ignored their claims as they fell to their third successive defeat.

St Mirren's rejuvenation continues with their fourth win in five games taking them up to eighth in the table.

Lee Mair was available again for the hosts, but had to make do with a place on the bench as Danny Lennon went with the same line-up that defeated Partick Thistle 3-0.

Ross County manager Derek Adams made three changes from the 4-1 defeat to Celtic; Steven Saunders, Kevin Luckassen and Sproule all making their way into the starting XI.

Ivan Sproule was given a straight red for his foul on Marc McAusland

Saints were leading 2-0 a fortnight ago when the original game was abandoned in the second half because of a waterlogged pitch, and it was a dominant first-half from the hosts eager to replicate that score-line.

They deservedly took the lead after Paul McGowan had linked up well with Sean Kelly, before finding McLean at the edge of the box. The Scotland U21 midfielder drilled a right-footed shot low past County keeper Mark Brown for his fourth goal of the season.

Steven Thomson nearly made it 2-0 before the break when his volley was inches wide, but it did not take long after half-time for Saints to double their lead. Thomson was given too much time in the box, and he guided the ball to Newton who fired beyond the goalkeeper.

The home side continued to be on top, but after Thomson saw a header saved, the visitors got themselves back into the game when the defence failed to clear a Graham Carey corner, and Saunders had an easy finish from six yards.

Any hopes of a comeback were shattered when Sproule was given his marching orders after he appeared to catch the thigh of McAusland with his studs, then Saunders picked up his second yellow card in three minutes to follow him up the tunnel.

Lennon's men tried to take advantage of the extra men, and Kelly and Newton both tested goalkeeper Brown before County thought they had won a last gasp penalty, but their claims were waved away.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22NaismithBooked at 89mins
  • 18Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 24Newton
  • 11McLean
  • 9Thompson
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forReillyat 89'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 16Caprice
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Grainger

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 22SaundersBooked at 74mins
  • 6Micic
  • 8Brittain
  • 5Boyd
  • 21McLean
  • 7SprouleBooked at 69mins
  • 4KettlewellBooked at 47minsSubstituted forCareyat 59'minutes
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forRossat 82'minutes
  • 11De LeeuwSubstituted forGordonat 74'minutes
  • 10QuinnBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Gordon
  • 14Maatsen
  • 17Ross
  • 18Klok
  • 20Fraser
  • 23Carey
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,205

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.
Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Paul McGowan.

Booking

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).
Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Kevin Luckassen.
Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.
Attempt saved. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ben Gordon replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).
Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Steve Saunders (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.
John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).
Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Ivan Sproule (Ross County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! St Mirren 2, Ross County 1. Steve Saunders (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Graham Carey with a cross.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by James Goodwin.
Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).
Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Sean Kelly.
Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).
Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Branislav Micic.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

Booking

John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).
Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Stuart Kettlewell.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by John McGinn.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steve Saunders.
Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).
Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.
Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).
goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic129301630
2Inverness CT12813925
3Aberdeen13724823
4Motherwell13715-422
5St Johnstone13634821
6Dundee Utd135531220
7Hibernian13436-515
8St Mirren12426-714
9Partick Thistle13346-913
10Ross County12318-1210
11Kilmarnock13238-79
12Hearts13328-9-4
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