St Johnstone 1-1 Ross County

By Charlie MannBBC Scotland at McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay netted his first goal of the season to ensure his side took a share of the spoils against Ross County.

Steven MacLean had the best chance of a drab first half, but County's Michael Fraser saved the long-range strike.

It was MacLean who set up Mackay for the opener on 51 minutes, the defender driving it home at the near post.

Against the run of play, County equalised when an Iain Vigurs shot was diverted into the net by Liam Craig.

The home side's efforts to boost the attendance with deals for youngsters resulted in a good crowd of 3037 but there wasn't a lot to keep them warm in terms of action in the first 45 minutes, although St Johnstone should have been in front within three minutes.

St Johnstone players celebrating
MacKay (far left) netted his first goal of the season to put Saints ahead

Nigel Hasselbaink did well to get away from his marker and swung in a great cross which Tade somehow managed to nudge past the post.

Mark Fotheringham and Richard Brittain had half-chances for the visitors while Steven Anderson shot over after County failed to clear a corner before Steven MacLean had the best chance of the half six minutes from the interval.

Hasselbaink's ball from the left found the former Rangers striker in a great position in the box, but he took too long to make up his mind and the chance was gone.

MacLean then fired in a terrific 25-yard shot which Michael Fraser tipped over the bar in first-half injury time.

MacLean made amends five minutes after the break with a ball inside the County defence to captain David Mackay, who turned inside Marc Fitzpatrick and fired his first goal of the season low past Fraser with a fine left-foot shot.

That signalled a good spell for the home side and MacLean was involved again when Tade's great run ended with a pass to his fellow striker, but this time Michael Kovacevic got back to clear off the line.

Derek Adams made a double substitution with Colin McMenanim and Ross Tokely coming on and his ambition was rewarded three minutes later with an equaliser.

Brittain's quick thinking from a free-kick was matched by Hasselbaink failing to see Vigurs get behind him and the midfield player's left-foot shot was deflected past Alan Mannus by Liam Craig.

There were half-chances after that but Derek Adams will be happier with the point than Steve Lomas.

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