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Summary

  1. FT: Ross County 2-3 Dundee United
  2. Ciftci (2) and Armstrong for United
  3. Arquin and Maatsen for County
  4. Liam Boyce shown straight red card for hosts
  5. Win takes United above Inverness

Live Reporting

By Roddie McVake

All times stated are UK

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Time for me to sign off folks after watching Dundee United take the three points in the Highlands in what was a cracking five-goal thriller.

Join us again tomorrow for all the action on a busy day of Scottish football.

Thanks and good night.

ROSS COUNTY MANAGER JIM MCINTYRE

"First half we got into great positions and passed up some good goalscoring opportunities so that was frustrating. United showed their quality and we need to show a bit more belief, and do things a bit quicker.

"We were trying to be clinical but the final ball let us down and good teams counter on you quickly.

"That's the last three weeks we've went behind but we've shown we have a bit about us. We need to keep trying to improve the quality in the final third.

"We'll keep working away, we're certainly doing a lot of things well but we need to start turning that into results."

Liam Boyce red card
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There's been a fair bit of debate on Sportsound about the red card for Liam Boyce, but referee Bobby Madden had no doubts and was quick to send the striker packing.

DUNDEE UNITED MANAGER JACKIE MCNAMARA

"It should have been more comfortable. Credit to them as they came back into it, even with 10 men, but we took our foot off the gas and stopped passing it as we should have.

"Disappointed with the way we finished but we have a few lads struggling with a stomach problem so I'm just glad to get it finished.

"I'm delighted for Nadir Ciftci, he's been frustrated of late with his goal tally but he was clinical tonight.

"That was a massive game for us and we had to win it. It's crying out for someone to do that [challenge Celtic] but we will need to be better than we were at times tonight."

DUNDEE UNITED DEFENDER MARK WILSON ON SPORTSOUND

"Credit to County, they kept plugging away and the twice they got a bit of quality they got goals."

So Dundee United leapfrog Inverness Caley Thistle to go second in the Premiership, while plucky Ross County remain at the foot of the Premiership table.

John Hughes
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Inverness boss John Hughes took in tonight's match and now wonder he was smiling, what a night of entertainment in Dingwall.

FULL-TIME

Ross County 2-3 Dundee United

It's all over and Ross County's late surge isn't enough to earn a point as Dundee United go second in the table after a clinical display of counter-attacking football. Great entertainment.

Last minute of stoppage time in Dingwall...

United almost get another on the break as Gary Mackay-Steven cuts in from the left and drives in a shot that Mark Brown does well to turn away.

County are piling forward looking for the leveller.

GOAL

Ross County 2-3 Dundee United (Darren Maatsen)

Sub Darren Maatsen latches on to a through ball from Martin Woods and lashes a left-foot shot in off the underside of the bar.

Or maybe not...

The red card may well have ended County's hopes of getting back into this one.

We have five minutes left of the 90.

SUBSTITUTION

United's final change sees John Rankin on for Calum Butcher.

RED CARD (LIAM BOYCE)

Ross County substitute Liam Boyce is shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Paul Paton.

GREAT SAVE!

It's that man Yoann Arquin again, racing beyond the back line and getting in on goal. He's having a personal battle with Radoslaw Cierzniak and this time the United keeper comes out on top with a fine save.

Arquin could have squared this match all on his own.

CLOSE!

The hosts almost haul themselves to within one goal of United as Yoann Arquin breaks away and takes the ball past keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak, but the striker gets the ball caught in his feet and the chance is gone.

This might not be over yet.

GOAL

Ross County 1-3 Dundee United (Yoann Arquin)

Jamie Reckord delivers into the area and after initially taking a bad touch, Yoann Arquin smashes the ball home with his left foot.

DOUBLE TOPS

Nadir Ciftci
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Turkish hitman Nadir Ciftci has bagged two goals in Dingwall for Dundee United.

SUBSTITUTION

County make their final change as Yoann Arquin replaces Jake Jervis.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Ryan Dow and Chris Erskine make way for United as Gary Mackay-Steven and Aidan Connolly are sent on by Jackie McNamara.

We have movement in the United dugout....

Then it's United's turn to press as Nadir Ciftci tries to claim his hat-trick but his shot from 25 yards is easily saved.

Ross County play some good stuff as they head towards goal but Martin Woods' left-foot effort from distance is comfortably held by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Jim McIntyre's men are refusing to roll over here as Darren Maatsen bursts down the right and delivers, it's too close to the keeper though. Story of the night for County in the final third.

SUBSTITUTION

Darren Maatsen enters the fray for County in place of Joe Cardle.

Nadir Ciftci and Stuart Armstrong
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Stuart Armstrong celebrates his goal with fellow scorer Nadir Ciftci.

GREAT SAVE!

The hosts threaten to get back into it as Liam Boyce and Jake Jervis link up to send Tony Dingwall through but his drive is saved by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

GOAL

Ross County 0-3 Dundee (Nadir Ciftci)

It could be game over in Dingwall as they are cut open again. Chris Erskine's delightful pass from midfield is perfect for Nadir Cifcti and he curls home from the edge of the area for his second of the night.

SUBSTITUTION

Ross County make the first change of the night with Liam Boyce on for Steven Ross. Can he provide the cutting edge they have been lacking?

Another chance for the Staggies as Jake Jervis races down the right and plays the ball into the box but United goal hero Stuart Armstrong nips in to clear.

County's Tony Dingwall crashes a ball across goal that Jaroslaw Fojut blocks bravely and when it falls to Steven Ross he takes too long to get his shot away.

County prepare to make a change up top...

Ross County have enjoyed the bulk of possession tonight so far but Dundee United have been so clinical with the chances they have had. Jackie McNamara's men look like going second in the table unless the hosts sharpen up in the final third.

GOAL

Ross County 0-2 Dundee United (Armstrong)

And United take the wind out of the County sails again with a blistering counter. Nadir Ciftci and Calum Butcher link superbly to set up Stuart Armstrong and he calmly rounds Mark Brown before slotting home. Fabulous goal.

CLOSE!

And it's a fast start from the hosts as Mark Woods fires a dipping effort goalwards that Radoslaw Cierzniak does well to turn wide. The corner comes to nothing.

KICK-OFF

We're underway again in the Highlands...

Dundee Utd defender Mark Wilson on Sportsound

"This game definitely isn't over. I like the look of the County wide men. As a full back, Joe Cardle looks a nightmare to play against, he's on the left but is coming in on his right foot. You don't know which way he'll go."

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