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St Mirren 2-2 Ross County

St Mirren picked up their first home point of the season after coming from behind twice against fellow strugglers Ross County.

Paul Quinn headed the visitors ahead from a corner on 11 minutes, with Adam Drury stooping to nod in a leveller.

A precise finish from former Buddie Graham Carey gave the Premiership's bottom side the lead again.

But the hosts replied swiftly as Jeroen Tesselaar crashed in a powerful strike in an open, entertaining match.

The Staggies remain at the foot of the table but have edged closer to Motherwell, while St Mirren stay in 10th spot after finally finding their scoring touch in Paisley.

Prior to kick-off, five league matches had passed on home soil, with a miserable yield of just one goal.

Tommy Craig's side did all the pressing in the opening 10 minutes, but Callum Ball was guilty of dithering in front of goal and Kenny McLean's header from a corner was ruled out for shoving.

But, with the rain hammering down, County took the lead as the St Mirren defence gave Quinn the freedom of the penalty box to power in a header from Carey's corner.

Mark Brown then made a splendid double save to keep out a Thomas Reilly volley and Ball's follow-up effort before a moment of controversy.

Visiting manager Jim McIntyre was apoplectic when a very late offside decision was given against Michael Gardyne, who had coolly rolled a shot beyond Marian Kello, who did well to tip away a header from Jackson Irvine soon after.

Graham Carey (centre) scored against his former team
Graham Carey (centre) was muted in his celebrations as he scored against his former team

And McIntyre's mood will have darkened further when his defence failed to deal with a long throw-in, as Drury arrived at the back post to connect with Ball's flick-on.

Ball passed up a glorious chance after the interval when the cumbersome striker lost his bearings in front of goal, failing to connect with a cushioned lay-off from Reilly.

With the action ebbing and flowing, County moved in front for a second time on 58 minutes as Yoann Arquin outmuscled Jim Goodwin before moving the ball on to Martin Woods, who picked out Carey for a fine low strike into the net from 18 yards.

But St Mirren's response was immediate, with Tesselaar smashing in a great shot from the edge of the penalty box.

County were the more menacing side in the final stages but the only real moment of concern for Kello came when a lofted free-kick from Carey caught the wind and clattered down on the crossbar before bouncing behind.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 17Drury
  • 6Goodwin
  • 7McGinn
  • 8McLean
  • 14Reilly
  • 16BallSubstituted forCaldwellat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Marwood
  • 12Ridgers
  • 19Brown
  • 21Teale
  • 29Caldwell
  • 30Baird
  • 34Morgan

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 5Boyd
  • 43Quinn
  • 13Barr
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forDingwallat 76'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 8Brittain
  • 23Carey
  • 10KissSubstituted forWoodsat 58'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forJervisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 9Jervis
  • 16Boyce
  • 17Ross
  • 18Frempah
  • 24Dingwall
  • 26Woods
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,459

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Ross County 2.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from long range on the right.

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Martin Woods (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Attempt blocked. Adam Drury (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Paul Quinn (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Foul by Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren).

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Michael Gardyne.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Yoann Arquin.

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) header from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ross Caldwell replaces Callum Ball.

Foul by Sean Kelly (St. Mirren).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

Attempt missed. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 2, Ross County 2. Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Drury.

Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Ross County 2. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Martin Woods replaces Filip Kiss.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

Attempt saved. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Callum Ball (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton117221971223
2Inverness CT11722158723
3Dundee Utd117131913622
4Kilmarnock10622148620
5Aberdeen116141715219
6Celtic95222071317
7Dundee114431413116
8Partick Thistle103251313011
9St Johnstone11317714-710
10St Mirren112271018-88
11Motherwell11218619-137
12Ross County11128928-195
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