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Ross County strike late to beat Alloa Athletic 1-0 in Championship

Marcus Fraser's late goal gave Ross County an opening-day Championship victory against promoted Alloa.

County, relegated last season and one of the favourites for the title, got in front when substitute Davis Keillor-Dunn crossed for Fraser to convert.

Declan McManus headed straight at goalkeeper Neil Parry as the hosts threatened in the first half.

Greig Spence had Alloa's best chance but fired wide and the Wasps eventually succumbed to mounting County pressure.

The hosts claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty after Josh Mullin was held in the box.

Jamie Lindsay's towering header was well blocked but the Staggies eventually made the breakthrough in the closing stages.

Manager reaction

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "The nature of the game is such that Alloa sit in and waste a bit of time - that's a factor we've got to deal with, especially at home.

"The first half we could have dealt with it better. Second half, Alloa dropped off even further. We felt the players were the most patient people in the stadium and to their credit they go and get a 1-0 victory, which was thoroughly merited."

Alloa Athletic manager Jim Goodwin: "We certainly didn't do enough to win the game. Apart form Greig's chance in the first half we didn't really have any clear-cut chances after that. I thought we defended really well at times. I thought the shape was good.

"The goal against us was just a lapse of concentration at the end. We were hanging on. Ross County were certainly the better team in the second half. They were pinning us back as we knew they would and they are favourites to win the league."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Watson
  • 5Morris
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 6DraperSubstituted forKeillor-Dunnat 61'minutes
  • 11Vigurs
  • 8LindsayBooked at 90mins
  • 9MckaySubstituted forGrahamat 71'minutes
  • 10McManusSubstituted forDowat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Demetriou
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 18Dow
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 24Paton

Alloa

  • 1Parry
  • 2Taggart
  • 16Karadachki
  • 5Graham
  • 3Dick
  • 14Brown
  • 8Robertson
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 24mins
  • 15Hastie
  • 9Spence
  • 10TroutenSubstituted forPeggieat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cawley
  • 17Peggie
  • 20Goodwin
  • 31Henry
Referee:
Mike Roncone
Attendance:
3,065

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Alloa Athletic 0.

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adam Brown (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Alloa Athletic 0. Marcus Fraser (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davis Keillor-Dunn.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ryan Dow replaces Declan McManus.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Reis Peggie replaces Alan Trouten.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Callum Morris (Ross County).

Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Billy McKay.

Attempt missed. Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Brown (Alloa Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Davis Keillor-Dunn replaces Ross Draper.

Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Neil Parry.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jake Hastie (Alloa Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Zdravko Karadachki (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

Foul by Jake Hastie (Alloa Athletic).

Sean Kelly (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ross Draper (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 0, Alloa Athletic 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr11002023
2Dunfermline11003213
3Inverness CT11001013
4Ross County11001013
5Morton10102201
6Queen of Sth10102201
7Dundee Utd100123-10
8Alloa100101-10
9Falkirk100101-10
10Partick Thistle100102-20
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