St Mirren A-A Ross County: Match abandoned in second half

Referee Willie Collum

St Mirren's match against Ross County was abandoned midway through the second half due to a waterlogged pitch.

The hosts were two goals up at the break after Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson had netted.

Referee Willie Collum took the players off the park several minutes into the second period amid heavy rain.

Ground staff tried in vain to clear water from the pitch and, after a half-hour delay, it was confirmed the match would not continue.

Ross County's Rocco Quinn challenges St Mirren's Paul McGowan
Wet weather in Paisley led to the match being abandoned after 52 minutes

"When we came out for the second half, the pitch had become worse than what it was before half-time," Collum told BBC Scotland.

"At half-time, things seemed to be fine, the ball was moving in the first half.

"In the second half, for the first seven minutes there was obviously a problem. There were players having to check their tackles, watch their running. The ball was sticking.

"Ultimately, the pitch was becoming unplayable and dangerous and the referee's prime responsibility is for the players' safety.

"I gave the ground staff at least two attempts to try and work hard on the pitch. They did work very hard, I'm grateful for that. However, it wasn't enough in the end.

"We deemed that it wasn't safe enough to continue the match.

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Interview - Referee Willie Collum

"Everybody will be disappointed. However, we make the decision with only players' interests at heart and that is determining their safety. For us, the pitch was unsafe."

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour was disappointed that the match could not continue.

"In my opinion we've played football in a lot worse than this," he said.

Ross County manager Derek Adams felt Collum "definitely made the right decision".

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22NaismithBooked at 89mins
  • 18Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 24Newton
  • 11McLean
  • 9Thompson
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forReillyat 89'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 16Caprice
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Grainger

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 22SaundersBooked at 74mins
  • 6Micic
  • 8Brittain
  • 5Boyd
  • 21McLean
  • 7SprouleBooked at 69mins
  • 4KettlewellBooked at 47minsSubstituted forCareyat 59'minutes
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forRossat 82'minutes
  • 11De LeeuwSubstituted forGordonat 74'minutes
  • 10QuinnBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Gordon
  • 14Maatsen
  • 17Ross
  • 18Klok
  • 20Fraser
  • 23Carey
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,205

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away20

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