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Motherwell 1-1 Ross County

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Fir Park
Louis Moult scores for Motherwell against Ross County
Louis Moult was on hand to seal a point for Motherwell

Motherwell needed a last-gasp strike to rescue a point against an impressive Ross County side in the Scottish Premiership.

The visitors led through Michael Gardyne's first-half goal and were impressive throughout.

Motherwell looked sharper after Theo Robinson and Marvin Johnson came off the bench.

The latter created the equaliser for Louis Moult, as the home side's urgency eventually paid off.

County had to rely on their endeavour at first. Motherwell were intent on establishing their authority early on, and the visitors worked hard to make their own mark on the game.

That started with a period of strong defending, since they prevented Motherwell breaking beyond the back line.

Moult struck twice from long range - volleying wide then drawing a good save from Scott Fox - but that was the closest they could come to troubling the Ross County goalkeeper.

County took hold of the game in midfield, with the central pairing of Jackson Irvine and Rocco Quinn delivering plenty of industry and hard running. The entire side was driven on by the sharp-edge instructions hollered from the touchline by manager Jim McIntyre.

He was a hard taskmaster but the reward came when Jamie Reckord swung a free-kick into the penalty area. The Motherwell defenders failed to clear and, as the ball bobbled around the box, Gardyne pounced to steer a shot past home goalkeeper Connor Ripley.

Creativity was a rare commodity and the second half was characterised by sweat and toil, yet little penetration. Irvine asked a question of Ripley with a shot struck on the half-volley from 25 yards, but the goalkeeper saved.

As Motherwell desperately sought an equaliser, substitutes Johnson and Robinson became prominent. The former sliced an effort into the side netting, while the latter spun and shot from the edge of the box, Fox saving both times.

Ross County players celebrating
Gardyne (left) gave County the lead

Motherwell gradually became more assertive as County tried to see the game out.

The hosts' leveller came after captain Keith Lasley sent Johnson scampering down the left. The winger was composed enough to deliver across the face of the goal for Moult to convert from close range.

Relief at the end for Motherwell and frustration for Ross County.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18LawSubstituted forGrimshawat 85'minutes
  • 5Laing
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 14Lasley
  • 25Taylor
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forJohnsonat 60'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forRobinsonat 46'minutes
  • 20Moult

Substitutes

  • 4Grimshaw
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Twardzik
  • 15Chalmers
  • 16Kennedy
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Robertson
  • 15Davies
  • 3ReckordBooked at 57mins
  • 17FranksSubstituted forGrahamat 82'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 4QuinnBooked at 68minsSubstituted forWoodsat 72'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forFosterat 65'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 10Boyce

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 12Foster
  • 19Dingwall
  • 21Woods
  • 26Woods
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,545

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Ross County 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Johnson (Motherwell).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 1, Ross County 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marvin Johnson.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Liam Boyce.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Liam Grimshaw replaces Josh Law.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Richard Foster.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Louis Laing (Motherwell).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Jonathan Franks.

  17. Booking

    Richard Foster (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Richard Foster (Ross County).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Motherwell).