Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 2-3 Ross County

Ross County won their final Scottish Premiership match of the season, after Partick Thistle had fought back from two down.

Jordan Slew's first goal for County gave the visitors the lead and Yoann Arquin headed their second just after the break.

Lyle Taylor nodded in to reduce Thistle's deficit and then set up George Moncur for the equaliser.

But Melvin de Leeuw's strike secured victory for Derek Adams' side.

With both sides having secured top-flight safety in midweek, the result served only to confirm their final positions in the league. County finish seventh, three places above Thistle.

Having shed the pressure of trying to avoid the play-off spot, these sides served up an enthralling end-of-season encounter.

Lyle Taylor heads home as Thistle reduce the deficit
Lyle Taylor heads home as Thistle reduce the deficit

Slew dragged an effort wide in 16 minutes after some neat footwork in the area, and four minutes later he finally broke his duck for the Dingwall men.

The on-loan Blackburn Rovers striker collected an Arquin pass, beat Conrad Balatoni and then fired low past Scott Fox.

Just before the break, County midfielder Alex Cooper tested Fox with a drive from distance which the Partick keeper palmed up into the air. As the ball dropped, Slew headed off the post and collided with Fox, and while the County man escaped with a bandaged wrist, the Jags goalkeeper had to go off, with Paul Gallacher brought on.

The visitors doubled their lead three minutes after the interval, as Arquin rose to power home a header from Graham Carey's free-kick.

Taylor then sparked Jags' revival, making full use of a few yards of space in the area to head past Mark Brown from Christie Elliott's delivery.

The goalscorer turned provider as the hosts hauled themselves level in 73 minutes. He collected a Kallum Higginbotham pass and produced a clever back heel for Moncur, who drilled the ball beyond Brown.

Staggies edged ahead again four minutes later, though.

Dutchman De Leeuw turned inside Taylor and had a dig that took a deflection off James Craigen and flew past Gallacher.

Partick piled forward late on in search of an equaliser but the Staggies stood strong to ensure they headed north with all three points.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1FoxSubstituted forGallacherat 45+1'minutes
  • 16McMillan
  • 6BalatoniBooked at 90mins
  • 22Fraser
  • 15Mair
  • 13Rojo de la Vega PiccoloSubstituted forLawlessat 45'minutes
  • 14Elliott
  • 7Craigen
  • 21Taylor
  • 23HigginbothamBooked at 80mins
  • 28ErskineSubstituted forMoncurat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Lawless
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Moncur
  • 30Keenan
  • 31Wilson
  • 33McDaid
  • 39Colina Dominguez

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 3Gordon
  • 10Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 28Songo'o
  • 16CooperSubstituted forKlokat 90+3'minutes
  • 7KissBooked at 62mins
  • 27ArquinSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 69'minutes
  • 25SlewSubstituted forMaatsenat 79'minutes
  • 23CareyBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 11De Leeuw
  • 14Maatsen
  • 18Klok
  • 20Fraser
  • 21McLean
  • 24Dingwall
  • 26Oikonomou
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,390

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Ross County 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Marc Klok replaces Alex Cooper.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Booking

    Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

  10. Booking

    Graham Carey (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darren Maatsen (Ross County).

  16. Booking

    Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

  18. Post update

    Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Darren Maatsen replaces Jordan Slew.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).