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Motherwell 2-2 Ross County

Motherwell's new manager Ian Baraclough ran the full gamut of emotions as he watched his side concede a last-minute equaliser against Ross County.

The visitors will feel they did enough to at least earn a point, with Tony Dingwall scoring late in either half.

Goals by John Sutton and Henrik Ojamaa looked to have ended Kenny Black's tenure as caretaker on a winning note.

But the late leveller means that County remain two points behind Motherwell, albeit they move off the bottom.

Dingwall's opener was one of few highlights of a forgettable opening period and it came in the closing seconds.

Jamie Reckord's cross from the left fell to the winger at the back post and, although his initial drive was pushed away by Dan Twardzik, Dingwall drilled low into the net.

John Sutton scores for Motherwell against Ross County
Sutton headed Motherwell level early in the second half

Paul Quinn should have given the visitors a greater cushion early in the second half, but blazed over with the goal gaping after Twardzik had saved from Jake Jervis.

And that was to prove pivotal as Motherwell substitute Lionel Ainsworth helped turn the game in their favour.

He who created the equaliser for Sutton, his pace and trickery buying him time and space to plant a cross right on the striker's head only a yard from goal.

If County were shocked by that, they were stunned by Ojamaa's strike a few moments later, the Estonian running unchallenged before arrowing a shot beyond Antonio Reguero.

Jim McIntyre's men were undeterred, though, and Michael Gardyne thought he had brought them level only for his close-range shot to be cleared off the line.

As County scrapped for an equaliser, Twardzik did well to clutch a Jackson Irvine header and watched gratefully as Gardyne clipped the ball against a post.

But, just as the game looked to have slipped beyond County, Dingwall rifled the ball past the keeper for the second time, earning them a deserved equaliser.

Tony Dingwall scores for Ross County against Motherwell
Dingwall (far right) equalised deep into stoppage time

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 12Twardzik
  • 30Ferguson
  • 15O'Brien
  • 6McManus
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 18LawSubstituted forErwinat 86'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 4Carswell
  • 11VigursSubstituted forAinsworthat 46'minutes
  • 24OjamaaSubstituted forCaddenat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Nielsen
  • 19Erwin
  • 26Thomas
  • 28Neill
  • 29Cadden
  • 39MacLean

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 6Saunders
  • 36Irvine
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 30Dingwall
  • 8BrittainSubstituted forMaatsenat 85'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 23CareySubstituted forCardleat 61'minutes
  • 9JervisSubstituted forGardyneat 64'minutes
  • 15Arquin

Substitutes

  • 7Cardle
  • 10Kiss
  • 14Maatsen
  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 31Dunfield
  • 40Gardyne
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,193

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away11
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 2, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Ross County 2.

Goal!

Goal! Motherwell 2, Ross County 2. Tony Dingwall (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Chris Cadden replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

David Ferguson (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul Quinn (Ross County) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lee Erwin replaces Josh Law.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Richard Brittain.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) hits the left post with a right footed shot from very close range.

Attempt blocked. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.

Attempt saved. Paul Quinn (Ross County) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by David Ferguson.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

David Ferguson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tony Dingwall (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Keith Lasley.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Stuart Carswell (Motherwell).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by David Ferguson.

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.

Attempt blocked. Tony Dingwall (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Michael Gardyne replaces Jake Jervis.

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Motherwell).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1511222992035
2Inverness CT1610242417732
3Dundee Utd1610152819931
4Aberdeen1610152517831
5Hamilton1693429181130
6St Johnstone167271417-323
7Kilmarnock166371721-421
8Dundee165562121020
9Partick Thistle165472219319
10Motherwell1632111127-1611
11Ross County1623111736-199
12St Mirren1522111026-168
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