Scottish Premiership
Dundee Utd1Ross County2

Dundee United 1-2 Ross County

Ross County's Scottish Premiership revival continued as they came away with all three points from a close encounter with Dundee United.

Nadir Ciftci's penalty levelled the match after Jackson Irvine's header had put the visitors ahead.

But Raffaele De Vita's finish on the rebound was enough to secure victory for the Dingwall side.

And the result was a disappointing one for Jackie McNamara in his 100th game in charge of United.

The Tangerines also go nine games without a win while Jim McIntyre's County, who move 10 points clear of bottom side St Mirren and remain three ahead of Motherwell, extend their unbeaten run to seven.

Ross County players celebrating
County's impressive run continued at Tannadice

United started well and Ciftci got the first sight of goal after neatly evading defenders, eventually dragging his shot wide.

The striker then forced the ball over the line only to be ruled offside.

Ciftci clashed in the box with Jamie Reckord and claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty as the tide of attacks towards the visitors' goal continued.

But, against the run of play, the Highlanders found the opener. Martin Woods sent in an inswinging corner, which Jackson Irvine connected to with a bullet header into the net.

There was barely time to enjoy it, though, as, in a darting run, Aidan Connolly won a spot-kick for the hosts after being fouled by Marcus Fraser.

Up stepped Ciftci, who calmly converted.

Nadir Ciftci scores a penalty for Dundee United against Ross County
Ciftci had several chances before levelling from the spot

Though pegged pack, County started the second half with confidence.

Liam Boyce was pulled back by United left-back Paul Dixon, who received a booking amid shouts from the visitors that the offence merited a dismissal.

Soon after, the visitors had the ball in the net again after Irvine headed in from another corner but his celebrations were cut short due to a foul on goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

But McIntyre's men were not to be denied and took the lead again thanks to De Vita, who pounced following a fine save from Cierzniak to block another Irvine header.

United pressure ensued but it was to be County's day.

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Souttar
  • 5Fojut
  • 3DixonBooked at 51mins
  • 6PatonSubstituted forTelferat 75'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 22ConnollySubstituted forMuirheadat 73'minutes
  • 17Erskine
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forAnierat 80'minutes
  • 7Ciftci

Substitutes

  • 10Muirhead
  • 20Butcher
  • 21Telfer
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 33Spark

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 44Fraser
  • 5Boyd
  • 43QuinnBooked at 15mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 10Kiss
  • 36Irvine
  • 26WoodsBooked at 54mins
  • 24De VitaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forDingwallat 76'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forSernasat 90'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forPalazuelos Garciaat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 3Meite
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 20Sernas
  • 22Palazuelos Garcia
  • 30Dingwall
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
6,187

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 2.

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ruben Palazuelos (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Darvydas Sernas replaces Craig Curran.

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Blair Spittal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ruben Palazuelos replaces Liam Boyce.

Attempt missed. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Charlie Telfer (Dundee United).

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Raffaele De Vita.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Paul Paton.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Robbie Muirhead replaces Aidan Connolly.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 1, Ross County 2. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Chris Erskine (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

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

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Attempt missed. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Booking

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Booking

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29223461144769
2Aberdeen30195650272362
3Inverness CT30166843311254
4Dundee Utd29144115043746
5St Johnstone31136122831-345
6Hamilton32127134247-543
7Dundee30101194141041
8Kilmarnock31108133340-738
9Partick Thistle3198143936335
10Ross County3187163556-2131
11Motherwell3184192855-2728
12St Mirren3163222251-2921
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