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Ross County 1-2 St Mirren

Stephen Mallan's late finish earned a vital win for 10-man St Mirren after an astonishing finish in Dingwall.

Sean Kelly had given the visitors an early lead from close range after Mallan's shot had been parried.

Yoan Arquin, who just joined St Mirren from County, saw red for a tackle on Lewis Toshney but the visitors defended well until Liam Boyce's leveller.

The Buddies showed tremendous character and were rewarded when Mallan appeared to shoulder home from close range.

The result leaves Jim McIntyre's side three points adrift at the bottom with only one home victory all season.

Interim St Mirren manager Gary Teale will be delighted with a resolute performance that took his side off the foot of the table.

Kelly put St Mirren ahead after a bright start in which St Mirren showed plenty of attacking intent.

Mallan jinked into the box and winced as his shot was parried by Antonio Reguero but Kelly had anticipated the save and slotted in easily from close range.

Arquin struggled to make an impact but did create the opening that almost doubled St Mirren's lead.

Good work on the left released Kenny McLean, who cut back and drove a left-foot shot off the underside of the bar.

Yoann Arquin is sent off by referee Brian Colvin
Arquin was dismissed on his debut, against his former club

Striker Arquin's afternoon then came to a premature end against his former side when he challenged Toshney on the touchline.

Toshney writhed in pain and the intervention of the fourth official led to the referee Brian Colvin producing a red card.

On first viewing it seemed harsh and was vociferously contested by the away bench.

County struggled to break down a well-organised defence from then on, though striker Craig Curran will wonder how he missed a glaring chance.

The break of the ball presented the striker with a chance just eight yards out but he snatched at it and smashed the ball straight at Marc Ridgers.

Just as County appeared to have run out of ideas against a determined St Mirren rear-guard, substitute Boyce got on the end of a Jake Jervis flick to nod in the equaliser.

County smelled blood and went close again when Jackson Irvine was denied by Ridgers' stunning save from close range.

And the home crowd were crushed as the diving Mallan sent the visiting fans into delirium.

St Mirren players Isaac Osbourne and Stephen Mallan celebrating
Mallan (right) scored the decisive goal

A vital win for Teale's side and a further blow to County's survival hopes.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 43Quinn
  • 6SaundersBooked at 58mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 25ToshneySubstituted forBoyceat 45'minutes
  • 8Brittain
  • 26WoodsBooked at 53mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 7CardleSubstituted forMaatsenat 59'minutes
  • 23Carey
  • 11CurranSubstituted forJervisat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 17Ross
  • 21Brown
  • 38Burgess

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Goodwin
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 31Mallan
  • 13Osbourne
  • 8McLean
  • 7McGinn
  • 4McAusland
  • 15ArquinBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 11Wylde
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
  • 32Mclear
  • 34Morgan
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
3,005

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, St. Mirren 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, St. Mirren 2.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jeroen Tesselaar.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, St. Mirren 2. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenny McLean.

Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, St. Mirren 1. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Attempt saved. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jake Jervis replaces Craig Curran.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by John McGinn.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Darren Maatsen (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Joe Cardle.

Booking

Steven Saunders (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Kenny McLean (St. Mirren).

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

Attempt saved. Craig Curran (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jim Goodwin.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Kenny McLean (St. Mirren).

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, St. Mirren 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Lewis Toshney.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 0, St. Mirren 1.

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

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

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen22152536201647
2Celtic20143338122645
3Dundee Utd21132642281441
4Inverness CT2113263021941
5Hamilton22123738241439
6St Johnstone2110291921-232
7Kilmarnock2183102127-627
8Dundee226883336-326
9Partick Thistle205692525021
10Motherwell2152141438-2417
11St Mirren2242161738-2114
12Ross County2125142043-2311
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