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Ross County 1-2 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle came from behind to secure a vital win to move 10 points clear of the relegation play-off place and to the brink of safety.

County struck first when Michael Gardyne fired Jamie Reckord's cross low into the net via a deflection.

Thistle promptly responded with Frederic Frans stunning the County rearguard with a long range effort that arrowed in off the post.

Then Stephen O'Donnell nudged Thistle ahead with another beauty.

It was an unusually flat performance from County as their nine game unbeaten run comes to an end, but they remain six points ahead of second-bottom Motherwell.

That appeared to be partly the result of an impressive performance from the visitors who threatened the home defence throughout.

Thistle quickly took control of the flow of play and came close when Ryan Stevenson fired a powerful effort narrowly over from inside the box.

Then the home side faced threats from several areas of the pitch and struggled to create many clear openings.

However, Jim McIntyre's side struck first following a wonderful delivery from the left from Reckord which Gardyne finished.

Thistle would have felt aggrieved given the balance of play but demonstrated their strength by continue to dictate.

They were rewarded from an unlikely source when Frans equalised with an unstoppable shot.

Thistle continued to press and went close again when Stuart Bannigan measured a curling left foot effort which narrowly evaded Mark Brown's post.

Brown then put himself under real pressure when he took too long on the ball and his clearance was charged down leaving him isolated outside the box.

The keeper did just enough to unbalance Ryan Stevenson who's effort bounced wide..

Into the second half, the visitors had a claim for a penalty when Steven Lawless appeared to be pulled as he drove into the box.

Thistle wouldn't be denied and O'Donnell fired his side ahead with a strike of real quality.

He gathered on the right side of the area and drove the ball fiercely, catching Brown out of position when he perhaps expected a cross.

Substitute Tony Dingwall did claim for a penalty for the home side when he went down after surging into the box but the referee waved it away.

Given County's recent form you expected a late surge but it didn't materialise as Thistle on the day proved to be the better side.

With just four games to go, Partick Thistle will feel a 10 point advantage and vastly superior goal difference should allow them to focus on finishing higher up the table.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 44Fraser
  • 5BoydBooked at 45mins
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 40Gardyne
  • 10KissSubstituted forCardleat 77'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forDingwallat 59'minutes
  • 16Boyce
  • 11CurranSubstituted forQuinnat 57'minutesBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 4Quinn
  • 6Saunders
  • 7Cardle
  • 20Sernas
  • 22Palazuelos Garcia
  • 30Dingwall

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Booth
  • 18Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11Lawless
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forElliottat 78'minutes
  • 10Stevenson
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,315

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home1
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 2.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Martin Woods.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tony Dingwall (Ross County).

Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Joe Cardle replaces Filip Kiss.

Tony Dingwall (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Booking

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Brown.

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Dingwall (Ross County).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stuart Bannigan.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Craig Curran.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 2. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33254470175379
2Aberdeen34235656292774
3Inverness CT331671045351055
4St Johnstone34156133132-151
5Dundee Utd32154135247549
6Dundee341111124547-244
7Hamilton34137144448-446
8Partick Thistle34118154339441
9Kilmarnock34108163650-1438
10Ross County34107174058-1837
11Motherwell3494213359-2631
12St Mirren3473242660-3424
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