Scottish Premiership
Motherwell1Ross County1

Motherwell 1-1 Ross County

  • Scott McDonald opens scoring for Motherwell
  • Liam Boyce equalises before half-time
  • County remain six points clear of Steelmen
  • Motherwell second bottom, eight ahead of St Mirren

Motherwell's hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off diminished as they were held to a draw by Ross County.

The hosts began the match well and took a deserved lead when Scott McDonald poked in a low cross.

However County grew into the game and scored an excellent equaliser through Liam Boyce, who finished from 12 yards.

The result keeps the Dingwall side six points ahead of their opponents with only three matches remaining.

On a positive note for Motherwell, their point allied to St Mirren's defeat by Partick Thistle means automatic relegation is only a remote possibility.

An eight-point gap separates them, but Ian Baraclough's side's participation in the play-off looks increasingly likely.

Their hunger could not be questioned and they showed greater desire at the outset, going close through Marvin Johnson and McDonald before the Australian edged them in front.

Josh Law's cross from the right looked like evading everyone only for the striker to stretch to force the ball into the net.

But County gradually hauled themselves back into the match, Martin Woods testing George Long from distance before the equaliser arrived.

Boyce picked up possession on the left of the penalty area before engineering a bit of room to allow him to curl a vicious shot past Long.

Liam Boyce fired Ross County level after Scott McDonald's opener
Liam Boyce fired Ross County level after Scott McDonald's opener

The game was contested tenaciously throughout, underlining the high stakes involved, with yellow cards being dished out with regularity by referee Crawford Allan.

Both sides had chances to take all three points, with Scott Boyd and Michael Gardyne going close for County.

Motherwell, though, piled forward in greater numbers as the second half wore on, knowing the draw was of less use to them.

Stephen Pearson did his utmost to force a winning goal, twice being thwarted by last-ditch challenges from Paul Quinn and then Boyd.

Conor Grant twice tested Mark Brown from distance but Motherwell couldn't find the goal that would have given them a fighting chance of avoiding 11th place.

And, barring an unlikely sequence of results in the final three rounds of matches, they will have to battle Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South over two legs to retain their Scottish Premiership status.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Long
  • 18Law
  • 6McManus
  • 15O'BrienBooked at 63mins
  • 3Hammell
  • 24JohnsonSubstituted forAinsworthat 68'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 48PearsonBooked at 52mins
  • 47GrantSubstituted forThomasat 87'minutes
  • 19ErwinBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSuttonat 77'minutes
  • 77McDonaldBooked at 5mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ramsden
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 9Sutton
  • 12Twardzik
  • 22Moore
  • 26Thomas
  • 44Straker

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 44Fraser
  • 43QuinnBooked at 44mins
  • 5BoydBooked at 49mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 40GardyneSubstituted forKissat 87'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 36Irvine
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forDingwallat 66'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forQuinnat 81'minutes
  • 16Boyce

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 3Meite
  • 4Quinn
  • 10Kiss
  • 20Sernas
  • 22Palazuelos Garcia
  • 30Dingwall
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
4,281

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 1.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Motherwell).

Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Steven Hammell (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Stephen Pearson (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

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

Attempt saved. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Dom Thomas replaces Conor Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Filip Kiss replaces Michael Gardyne.

John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Craig Curran.

Foul by Mark O'Brien (Motherwell).

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

Foul by Conor Grant (Motherwell).

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

Attempt saved. Stephen Pearson (Motherwell) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. John Sutton replaces Lee Erwin.

Foul by Conor Grant (Motherwell).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mark O'Brien (Motherwell) because of an injury.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Marvin Johnson.

Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Motherwell).

Substitution

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT341681046361056
4Dundee Utd34164145350352
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock35108173853-1538
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell3595213460-2632
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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