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Ross County 4-0 Queen of the South: County secure Championship title and promotion

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Goals: County thrash Queens to clinch Championship title

Ross County secured an immediate return to the Scottish Premiership after beating struggling Queen of the South.

County, demoted in May last year, needed only a point to clinch the Championship title and went ahead through Ross Stewart's header.

Brian Graham headed home either side of a Josh Mullin strike to complete a resounding win for the Staggies.

And victory meant they could be presented with the trophy in their last home game of the season.

Defeat leaves Queens eighth in the table, level on points with second-bottom Alloa Athletic and three points above Falkirk while Greenock Morton and Partick Thistle are two points ahead of Gary Naysmith's side, who have played one game more.

The Dumfries side started brightly in Dingwall with Kyle Jacobs denied by goalkeeper Scott Fox and Michael Doyle came close with a shot from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar after Stewart's opener.

Stewart's goal came from a Mullin corner and Graham's header from six yards the double advantage came from another of the midfielder's deliveries following a short corner routine.

Mullin got himself on the scoresheet with a left-footed drive from just outside the box and Graham made it four when he met Tom Grivosti's deep cross.

County, co-managed by Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell, become the first team since Hearts in 2015 to bounce straight back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

And club captain Marcus Fraser told BBC Scotland: "It's massive. Promotion was the aim at the start of the game and ultimately at the start of the season. That's what we wanted to do and thankfully we've done that.

"You just knew it was going to be a good night. The boys have turned up and done it with style."

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Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 12BoyleSubstituted forFontaineat 74'minutes
  • 44Grivosti
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 8Lindsay
  • 26CowieSubstituted forVigursat 77'minutes
  • 7GardyneBooked at 76mins
  • 19Graham
  • 27StewartSubstituted forMcManusat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fontaine
  • 10McManus
  • 11Vigurs
  • 16Spence
  • 21Munro
  • 24Paton
  • 31Armstrong

Queen of Sth

  • 13Mehmet
  • 2Mercer
  • 6Doyle
  • 30Maguire
  • 3Marshall
  • 7Stirling
  • 8Jacobs
  • 21WilsonBooked at 5mins
  • 10ToddSubstituted forMcGrathat 63'minutes
  • 25DykesBooked at 85mins
  • 17MurraySubstituted forLowat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fordyce
  • 5Brownlie
  • 12McGrath
  • 14Low
  • 20Leighfield
  • 28Irving
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
4,805

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 4, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 4, Queen of the South 0.

Attempt missed. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Booking

Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 4, Queen of the South 0. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Grivosti.

Attempt saved. Ian McGrath (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Nicky Low replaces Connor Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Iain Vigurs replaces Don Cowie.

Booking

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Andy Stirling.

Attempt missed. Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Liam Fontaine replaces Andrew Boyle.

Josh Mullin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Ian McGrath replaces Josh Todd.

Attempt missed. Scott Mercer (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Michael Doyle (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Connor Murray (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Andy Stirling (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 3, Queen of the South 0. Josh Mullin (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Declan McManus replaces Ross Stewart because of an injury.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

Iain Wilson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Queen of the South 0. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Mullin following a corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Barry Maguire.

Hand ball by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Queen of the South 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 1, Queen of the South 0.

Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Michael Doyle (Queen of the South) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County35218661313071
2Dundee Utd3418884739862
3Ayr341481247361150
4Inverness CT34121484539650
5Dunfermline34118153338-541
6Partick Thistle34117163950-1140
7Morton34913123445-1140
8Queen of Sth35911154145-438
9Alloa34108163750-1338
10Falkirk34811153445-1135
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