Scottish Premiership
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Dundee United 1-2 Ross County

By Cheri BurnsBBC Scotland

Ross County's Scottish Premiership revival continued as they came away with all three points from a close encounter with Dundee United.

Nadir Ciftci's penalty levelled the match after Jackson Irvine's header had put the visitors ahead.

But Raffaele De Vita's finish on the rebound was enough to secure victory for the Dingwall side.

And the result was a disappointing one for Jackie McNamara in his 100th game in charge of United.

The Tangerines also go nine games without a win while Jim McIntyre's County, who move 10 points clear of bottom side St Mirren and remain three ahead of Motherwell, extend their unbeaten run to seven.

Ross County players celebrating
County's impressive run continued at Tannadice

United started well and Ciftci got the first sight of goal after neatly evading defenders, eventually dragging his shot wide.

The striker then forced the ball over the line only to be ruled offside.

Ciftci clashed in the box with Jamie Reckord and claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty as the tide of attacks towards the visitors' goal continued.

But, against the run of play, the Highlanders found the opener. Martin Woods sent in an inswinging corner, which Jackson Irvine connected to with a bullet header into the net.

There was barely time to enjoy it, though, as, in a darting run, Aidan Connolly won a spot-kick for the hosts after being fouled by Marcus Fraser.

Up stepped Ciftci, who calmly converted.

Nadir Ciftci scores a penalty for Dundee United against Ross County
Ciftci had several chances before levelling from the spot

Though pegged pack, County started the second half with confidence.

Liam Boyce was pulled back by United left-back Paul Dixon, who received a booking amid shouts from the visitors that the offence merited a dismissal.

Soon after, the visitors had the ball in the net again after Irvine headed in from another corner but his celebrations were cut short due to a foul on goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

But McIntyre's men were not to be denied and took the lead again thanks to De Vita, who pounced following a fine save from Cierzniak to block another Irvine header.

United pressure ensued but it was to be County's day.


Dundee Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Souttar
  • 5Fojut
  • 3DixonBooked at 51mins
  • 6PatonSubstituted forTelferat 75'minutes
  • 8Rankin
  • 22ConnollySubstituted forMuirheadat 73'minutes
  • 17Erskine
  • 24SpittalSubstituted forAnierat 80'minutes
  • 7Ciftci


  • 10Muirhead
  • 20Butcher
  • 21Telfer
  • 23Smith
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 33Spark

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Brown
  • 44Fraser
  • 5Boyd
  • 43QuinnBooked at 15mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 10Kiss
  • 36Irvine
  • 26WoodsBooked at 54mins
  • 24De VitaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forDingwallat 76'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forSernasat 90'minutes
  • 16BoyceSubstituted forPalazuelos Garciaat 80'minutes


  • 1Reguero
  • 3Meite
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 20Sernas
  • 22Palazuelos Garcia
  • 30Dingwall
Steven McLean

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamRoss County
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 1, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Palazuelos (Ross County).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Darvydas Sernas replaces Craig Curran.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Dundee United).

  7. Post update

    Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Blair Spittal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Ruben Palazuelos replaces Liam Boyce.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Telfer (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

    Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Reckord (Ross County).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Raffaele De Vita.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Charlie Telfer replaces Paul Paton.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Robbie Muirhead replaces Aidan Connolly.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Dundee United 1, Ross County 2. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.