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Ross County 1-1 Partick Thistle

By Andrew ThomsonBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

Ross County and Partick Thistle slipped below St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership after drawing in Dingwall.

Kallum Higginbotham fired a free-kick under the defensive wall and into the net to give Thistle the lead.

However, a set piece at the other end drew the sides level as County's Richie Brittain fired home.

In a tense second half, neither side was willing to commit many players forward and a winner never looked on the cards.

And, with St Mirren winning against Kilmarnock, Thistle and County now occupy the tenth and eleventh places, respectively, in the table.

The game started briskly with a couple of chances at both ends but the deadlock was broken by Partick Thistle.

Prolific striker Lyle Taylor was impeded by County's Scott Boyd on the edge of the box and the defending picked up a yellow card.

Higginbotham fired the resulting free-kick hard and low into the right hand corner beyond the reach of Mark Brown.

But the Jags only held on to their lead for a matter minutes.

Slovak midfielder Filip Kiss was brought down by Lee Mair just outside the penalty box and County captain Richie Brittain curled the free-kick perfectly round the wall and just inside the right-hand post.

Prince Bauben had a good chance to restore Thistle's lead but he hit Chris Erskine's cross over the bar.

It was County who then had opportunities to go ahead later in the first half. Yoann Arquin failed to keep a header on target while Kiss managed to cut through the Jags defence a couple of times without delivering the end product.

County manager Derek Adams brought Melvin de Leeuw on for Jordan Slew for the second half in an attempt to make a breakthrough but it was Partick Thistle who looked livelier just after the break.

Erskine came close after a pass from Higginbottam, sending his shot just wide.

At the ther end, De Leeuw's shot was well saved by Paul Gallacher.

The energy began to sap out of the game towards the end with neither side willing to risk a defeat and the consequences that would bring at the bottom end of the table.


Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 26Oikonomou
  • 4Kettlewell
  • 28Songo'o
  • 5BoydBooked at 8mins
  • 8BrittainBooked at 75mins
  • 7Kiss
  • 25SlewSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 45'minutes
  • 27Arquin
  • 12TidserSubstituted forCareyat 76'minutes


  • 3Gordon
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 15Glen
  • 21McLean
  • 23Carey
  • 42McCarthy

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 82mins
  • 3Taylor-Sinclair
  • 10BuabenBooked at 84mins
  • 15Mair
  • 6Balatoni
  • 23Higginbotham
  • 22Fraser
  • 21TaylorBooked at 34minsSubstituted forDoolanat 84'minutes
  • 28ErskineBooked at 63mins
  • 8Bannigan


  • 1Fox
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 13Rojo de la Vega Piccolo
  • 14Elliott
  • 17Moncur
Craig Thomson

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamPartick Thistle
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 1.

  3. Post update

    Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

  9. Booking

    Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Prince Buaben (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

    Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

  14. Booking

    Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

  16. Post update

    Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Michael Tidser.