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Ross County 5-2 Dundee

Liam Boyce scores for Ross County against Dundee
Liam Boyce scores the third of his treble

Liam Boyce's hat-trick secured victory and a top-six Scottish Premiership placing for Ross County over Dundee.

The visitors had led twice through a double from Kane Hemmings - his fourth and fifth goals in two matches.

Boyce and Michael Gardyne twice levelled for Jim McIntyre's men.

And, after Jackson Irvine slid in to tap home from a corner to give the hosts the lead, Boyce struck a spectacular overhead kick and pounced again late on to seal victory.

Boyce's second hat-trick of the campaign takes the Northern Ireland international to 17 goals so far and consolidated his side's grip on fifth place.

With Dundee a mess in defence and their goal difference dented, the visitors dropped out of the top half, leapfrogged by Partick Thistle, who had their game called off.

County were first to go on the attack but Dundee soon got into their stride and Greg Stewart supplied Hemmings, who scored a hat-trick against Hamilton Academical last week, with a short but well-weighted though ball which he cracked home from a dozen yards.

However, Dundee were unable to repeat the whirlwind start which had put them 4-0 up against Accies by half-time, and, after some frantic early exchanges, the game settled down to provide what was still a steady 90 minutes of great entertainment.

With the ball moving freely inside the Dundee box, both Boyce and Craig Curran failed to connect for an equaliser before Stewart missed a chance for Dundee's second when Scott Fox pulled off a great save.

Just before the half hour mark Andrew Davies collected a goal kick and returned it up-field into the path of Boyce, who rolled it slowly into the Dundee net with keeper Scott Bain already committed.

Curran was upended just outside the Dundee box by Thomas Konrad, who was booked, but Martin Woods' free-kick went just past the right angle of the goal.

Liam Boyce is taking the match ball home
Boyce was taking the match ball home for the second time this season

Early in the second half, Stewart again provided the run and pass for Hemmings to restore Dundee's lead but there was an almost immediate response from County when Gardyne went down the left to find the net from a very tight angle.

Five minutes later, County were ahead for the first time when almost the first thing substitute Irvine did was to force the ball home amid claims that it had not crossed the line.

The game remained in the balance until Boyce set the home end alight with his second, an overhead effort from a narrow angle, as Dundee steadily declined as a threat.

Boyce completed his treble in the final five minutes, firing high into the net from Jamie Reckord's cross, finally putting the game beyond Paul Hartley's side.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 12FosterBooked at 80mins
  • 6RobertsonSubstituted forBoydat 57'minutes
  • 15Davies
  • 3Reckord
  • 17FranksSubstituted forQuinnat 72'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 18MurdochSubstituted forIrvineat 58'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10Boyce
  • 11Curran

Substitutes

  • 4Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 9Graham
  • 21Woods
  • 23Schalk
  • 24De Vita
  • 36Irvine

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 2IrvineBooked at 45mins
  • 5McPake
  • 4KonradBooked at 39mins
  • 3Holt
  • 18McGowan
  • 17RossSubstituted forLoyat 73'minutes
  • 29Harkins
  • 8LowSubstituted forCalderat 83'minutes
  • 7Stewart
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 9Loy
  • 12Mitchell
  • 19McGinn
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 43Skelly
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
3,687

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 5, Dundee 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 5, Dundee 2.

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

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top left corner.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Riccardo Calder (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Scott Boyd (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Thomas Konrad.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 5, Dundee 2. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Riccardo Calder replaces Nicky Low.

Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Stewart (Dundee).

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

Foul by Rory Loy (Dundee).

Booking

Richard Foster (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Richard Foster (Ross County).

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

James McPake (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Rory Loy replaces Nick Ross.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Jonathan Franks.

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

Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 4, Dundee 2. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Richard Foster with a cross.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Jamie Reckord (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

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

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

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

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic18133245143142
2Aberdeen20133434201442
3Hearts1895429181132
4St Johnstone199463529631
5Ross County208393329427
6Partick Thistle186571923-423
7Dundee205872935-623
8Inverness CT195772327-422
9Hamilton196492230-822
10Motherwell186391825-721
11Kilmarnock2055102036-1620
12Dundee Utd1924131536-2110
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