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St Mirren 2-2 Ross County

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland

St Mirren picked up their first home point of the season after coming from behind twice against fellow strugglers Ross County.

Paul Quinn headed the visitors ahead from a corner on 11 minutes, with Adam Drury stooping to nod in a leveller.

A precise finish from former Buddie Graham Carey gave the Premiership's bottom side the lead again.

But the hosts replied swiftly as Jeroen Tesselaar crashed in a powerful strike in an open, entertaining match.

The Staggies remain at the foot of the table but have edged closer to Motherwell, while St Mirren stay in 10th spot after finally finding their scoring touch in Paisley.

Prior to kick-off, five league matches had passed on home soil, with a miserable yield of just one goal.

Tommy Craig's side did all the pressing in the opening 10 minutes, but Callum Ball was guilty of dithering in front of goal and Kenny McLean's header from a corner was ruled out for shoving.

But, with the rain hammering down, County took the lead as the St Mirren defence gave Quinn the freedom of the penalty box to power in a header from Carey's corner.

Mark Brown then made a splendid double save to keep out a Thomas Reilly volley and Ball's follow-up effort before a moment of controversy.

Visiting manager Jim McIntyre was apoplectic when a very late offside decision was given against Michael Gardyne, who had coolly rolled a shot beyond Marian Kello, who did well to tip away a header from Jackson Irvine soon after.

Graham Carey (centre) scored against his former team
Graham Carey (centre) was muted in his celebrations as he scored against his former team

And McIntyre's mood will have darkened further when his defence failed to deal with a long throw-in, as Drury arrived at the back post to connect with Ball's flick-on.

Ball passed up a glorious chance after the interval when the cumbersome striker lost his bearings in front of goal, failing to connect with a cushioned lay-off from Reilly.

With the action ebbing and flowing, County moved in front for a second time on 58 minutes as Yoann Arquin outmuscled Jim Goodwin before moving the ball on to Martin Woods, who picked out Carey for a fine low strike into the net from 18 yards.

But St Mirren's response was immediate, with Tesselaar smashing in a great shot from the edge of the penalty box.

County were the more menacing side in the final stages but the only real moment of concern for Kello came when a lofted free-kick from Carey caught the wind and clattered down on the crossbar before bouncing behind.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 3Kelly
  • 17Drury
  • 6Goodwin
  • 7McGinn
  • 8McLean
  • 14Reilly
  • 16BallSubstituted forCaldwellat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Marwood
  • 12Ridgers
  • 19Brown
  • 21Teale
  • 29Caldwell
  • 30Baird
  • 34Morgan

Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 5Boyd
  • 43Quinn
  • 13Barr
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forDingwallat 76'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 8Brittain
  • 23Carey
  • 10KissSubstituted forWoodsat 58'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forJervisat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 9Jervis
  • 16Boyce
  • 17Ross
  • 18Frempah
  • 24Dingwall
  • 26Woods
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,459

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Graham Carey (Ross County) hits the bar with a left footed shot from long range on the right.

  5. Post update

    Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

  8. Post update

    Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren).

  10. Post update

    Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren).

  14. Post update

    Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Booking

    Martin Woods (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Drury (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Quinn (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jason Naismith.