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Ross County 1-2 Partick Thistle

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland

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.


Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

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


  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
Don Robertson

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamPartick Thistle
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Partick Thistle 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Martin Woods.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tony Dingwall (Ross County).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cardle (Ross County).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Joe Cardle replaces Filip Kiss.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

  20. Post update

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