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Colin Moffat

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  1. Post update

    Ross County were 3-0 winners at St Mirren Park

    That's enough from me. Congratulations to Ross County on another win that keeps this remarkable run going. St Mirren weren't at the races and their nine-year stay in the top flight is surely at an end.

    There will be online highlights of the match available after midnight.

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    Motherwell certainly look favourites for that play-off place now, 10 points ahead of lowly St Mirren but now six behind Ross County and seven adrift of Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock going into the five post-split games.

    The team finishing 11th will need to beat either Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South from the Championship over two legs.

  3. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Paul Godsman: #bbcscotfootball Another great win for County! Could Stuart McCall relegate Motherwell In the play offs? #writteninthestars"

    The Gambler: "Who gets the St Mirren job now ? Billy Stark or Barry Smith? surely Stark has a chance of getting it! #bbcscotfootball"

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    St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The goals we concede are very soft. That's been the story of our season.

    "I don't think there was much in it before the goal and then the confidence drains away and we lose a bit of our discipline.

    "We lost one centre-half through injury and another to a red card, which doesn't make it easy.

    "We need to pick ourselves up and maybe freshen things up with a few boys from the academy to see if they are ready."

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

    "From the goal onwards it looked like there was only one side going to win the game.

    "Six points is not enough. We were six points behind before we went on this run. We know we're in for five huge games. Teams aren't going to hand us points.

    "Liam Boyce has put in so much work. He came from part-time football and he had a lot of weight to shift. He's been an integral part of what we've done."

    County are safe from finishing last but they could yet fall back into 11th place.

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    County's eighth win in an unbeaten nine-game run lifts them six points above Motherwell in the play-off place and means they are just one point behind Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle.

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    Ross County striker Liam Boyce on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I' m delighted and it's sweet because it's come in a relegation battle.

    "We're not safe yet, especially since we'll be playing all the teams around us, so we need to keep on picking up points.

    "It takes time for ideas and new players to gel and we're fitter now - we're squeezing the life out of teams."

    That's a first top flight hat-trick for a Ross County player.

  8. Post update

    An eighth defeat in nine games means St Mirren can finish no higher than 11th even if they win every game after the split.


    St Mirren 0-3 Ross County

    Liam Boyce is smiling from ear-to-ear as he tucks the match ball under his arm. The visitors have now picked up 25 points from a possible 27, which is just incredible.

  10. GOAL

    St Mirren 0-3 Ross County (Boyce)

    Hat-trick for Liam Boyce. St Mirren are split wide open as Jackson Irvine slides in a pass for Tony Digwall to drill the ball across the penalty area and the Irish striker wants it more as he bangs in his third goal of the night.

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    That's 90 minutes up, we'll get two more...

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    Liam Boyce makes it 2-0 to County

    As the match in Paisley peters out, here's a view of the moment Liam Boyce smashed in his second goal of the evening.


    County forward Craig Curran is also off to the dressing room early as he makes way for Darvydas Sernas.


    Filip Kiss gets on for the last eight minutes or so, with Martin Woods getting a breather.

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    Liam Boyce is chasing a hat-trick as he turns to slam in a low shot from 20 yards. It's straight down the middle but Mark Ridgers has a wee fumble before getting the ball into his hands.

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    St Mirren's Kieran Sadlier gets his floppy fringe to a good cross from Gregg Wylde but there is no power on the header and Mark Brown is completely unflustered as he scoops the ball up at his near post.


    Rafa Da Vita, yet to play in a losing Ross County side, applauds the small band of travelling fans as he makes way for Tony Dingwall.

  18. GOAL

    St Mirren 0-2 Ross County (Boyce)

    Game over. Liam Boyce does get his second goal of the evening as he controls a cross from Michael Gardyne on his chest before poking the ball through the legs of Jim Goodwin and smashing a shot past Mark Ridgers. Nice work...

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    Liam Boyce stoops to get his head on Martin Woods' corner but can't steer it on target from close in. He should really be doubling his tally for the night from there.


    St Mirren make their final change as skipper Steven Thompson is replaced by Alan Gow.


    Yoann Arquin trudges off to make way for Kieran Sadlier. Can the former West Ham youth inject some urgency to the home side?

  22. CLOSE!

    Rafa De Vita flashes in a cross from the left and Michael Gardyne has an age to bring the ball down from a headed clearance and his shot on the turn fizzes just off target.

  23. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Cameron Sanderson: "#bbcscotfootball can you please tell the commentators the laws of the game. You cannot get a red card for a last man challenge. Thank you."

    Does last man imply denying a goal-scoring opportunity?

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    Ross County are running the show in Paisley but manager Jim McIntyre will want a second goal to make sure of the points. Remember, a win takes them six points away from Motherwell in the play-off place.

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    A break in the one-way traffic as John McGinn sends a deflected shot from 22 yards into the arms of County goalkeeper Mark Brown.


    Mark Ridgers is being kept busy now as he makes an impressive block to keep out a firm strike from Rafa De Vita, who was running on to a neat Liam Boyce lay-off.


    Martin Woods is clipped by Thomas Reilly before dusting himself down to send a real zipper of a free-kick round the defensive wall from 30 yards and it needs a good save from Mark Ridgers to push it round the post.

  28. Post update

    Ross County break from defending a corner and suddenly the depeleted home side are outnumbered at the back but a bad touch from Craig Curran lets them off the hook.


    Michael Gardyne lines up the free-kick from the sending-off foul and his effort from 25 yards cracks off the outside of the post.

  30. RED CARD

    A bad night so far for St Mirren gets even worse as Viktor Genev is dismissed for a last-man tangle with Liam Boyce. A straightforward decision for referee Willie Collum...

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    The biggest cheer of the evening from the home fans goes to a young lad who shows good skill to head a stray, high ball back into play from the stand. He had a drink in his hand and didn't spill a drop...

  32. KICK-OFF

    St Mirren, out of the tunnel a long time after the visitors, get the second half started.

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    Ross County aren't exactly bothering the top of the scoring charts either but, crucially, their January signings have made an impact, with Craig Curran banging in five goals and Rafa De Vita yet to play in a losing side.

    Liam Boyce, once on the books of Werder Bremen, has really picked up of late and that's two goals in two games for the Irishman.

  34. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Jack Haugh: "I remember when Gregg Wylde was a huge prospect in Scottish football. Invisible now. #BbcScotFootball"

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    Arquin, who has been completely anonymous so far, scored two goals for Ross County this season before manager Jim McIntyre allowed the Frenchman's contract to expire in January. That's two more than he has managed in nine appearances for St Mirren.

    Ball, who hasn't had a look in since January remains joint top-scorer of those still at the club with two. Yes, two goals...

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    On this evidence it's not hard to understand why goals have been a big problem for St Mirren, who are yet to reach double figures at home during this campaign.

    Skipper Stevie Thompson has had his season curtailed by injury, while forward signings like James Marwood, Ross Caldwell, Callum Ball, Alan Gow and Yoann Arquin have been found wanting.

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    With County on track for an eighth win in a nine-game unbeaten run, the message from manager Jim McIntyre will be simple. Keep doing what you're doing...

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    St Mirren's high defensive line is not working too well but, then again, neither is the midfield and the home strikers have been starved of any decent service. Can manager Gary Teale turns things around with a second-half reshuffle or will the Buddies simply keep lumping the ball forward and hoping for the best?


    St Mirren 0-1 Ross County

    Liam Boyce (centre) scored on 30 minutes

    The visitors are good value for their lead, with Liam Boyce lashing in the only goal on 30 minutes. St Mirren have not tested goalkeeper Mark Brown at all.

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    Martin Woods works a one-two with Michael Gardyne before letting fly. The County midfielder was slightly off balance and his shot dips over. The visitors are enjoying so much space in the middle of the park.


    Thomas Reilly is the replacement for the injured Marc McAusland.

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    St Mirren defender Marc McAusland has been struggling for a wee while and now it looks like he's done.

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    Ross County scorer Liam Boyce is high on confidence as he finds room for a shot on the edge of the penalty area but he drags the effort across goal and wide.

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    Liam Boyce lays a neat reverse pass into the path of Michael Gardyne but St Mirren keeper Mark Ridgers cuts out the cross from the right without any fuss.

  45. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    tom and 20 others: "#bbcscotfootball Hammered home, like a nail into a coffin."

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    Ross County continue to pop the ball around nicely and their movement off the ball is impressive as St Mirren labour to contain the in-form visitors.

  47. Post update

    Can St Mirren respond to that setback or will we see a repeat of the feeble folding job done at Motherwell last week?

  48. GOAL

    St Mirren 0-1 Ross County (Boyce)

    The building pressure from the visitors pays off as Michael Gardyne has a shot blocked and it falls to Craig Curran, who draws a decent save from Mark Ridgers. The St Mirren defenders are slow to react to the loose ball and Liam Boyce hammers it in - third time lucky.


    A rush of blood to the head of St Mirren defender Jason Naismith, who absolutely hammers a low cross against the outside of the post in front of his own goal.


    Michael Gardyne breaks clear of the home defence and skips past the keeper to roll the ball in. TV replays show the officials got that offside call wrong, although Mark Ridgers did not attempt to stop the County forward since the whistle had sounded early.

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    Ross County look more comfortable on the ball as the visitors try to build a head of steam but the Buddies are digging in well.

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    Former St Mirren defender David van Zanten on BBC Radio Scotland

    "If St Mirren had 11 Jim Goodwins, I don't think they'd be in the position they are now."

    I'll let you do the jokes on suspensions and lack of goals...

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    St Mirren winger Gregg Wylde whips in a skidding cross from the left and Stephen Mallan stoops to get his head to it near the penalty spot but can only send the ball wide.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    BBC Reporting Scotland presenter David Currie: "Wee bit of grit about #stmirren tonight... so far."


    There's a BBC Sport Scotland Facebook page out there...

    David Rabett: "Ross county on better form, but law of averages st mirren are due a win."

    Dylan Siddle: "St Mirren waiting on the grim reaper."

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    A wee Zidane-turn from John McGinn creates room for a shot but the St Mirren midfielder is off balance as he strikes the ball and it flies high and wide.

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    Buddies full-back Jason Naismith needs to be alert in making a good sliding interception as Paul Quinn tries to roll in a pass for Craig Curran.

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    County get forward and the ball breaks to Rafa De Vita as St Mirren fail to clear their lines but the Italian's low shot is blocked in a busy penalty area.

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    With Thompson and Arquin up front, can we expect a barrage of high balls forward from St Mirren? No real pattern of play yet.

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    It's eerily quiet inside the stadium, with a small crowd in attendance. It looks like some of the black and white army have already given up the ghost.

  61. KICK-OFF

    Ross County, in their red change kit, get us started.

  62. Post update

    The teams are in the tunnel as a steady drizzle falls in Paisley. Not long to go now...

  63. Join the debate at #bbcscotfootball

    Thomas Mackintosh: "St Mirren have had more managers this season than they've had home wins at St. Mirren Park." #bbcscotfootball"

    bringthemonjpn: "#bbcscotfootball Should be a good match. The best games in Scottish football always at the end of the season. Go for a 2-2 thriller."

  64. Post update

    Another win for the visitors tonight would lift them six points clear of Motherwell in the battle to avoid a tense play-off against Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South from the Championship. I know Falkirk can still reach fourth in the second tier but that seems even more unlikely than St Mirren beating the drop.

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    Ross County are in great form

    Back in January when Stephen Mallan's late finish gave 10-man St Mirren a 2-1 win at Victoria Park, County dropped to the bottom of the table by three points. A few weeks later, a 4-0 loss at Pittodrie meant the Staggies were six points adrift.

    I'm not sure what boss Jim McIntyre has been putting in the tea since then but the turnaround has been astonishing, with 22 points picked up from a possible 24!

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    Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think we just found our spirit again. The management team have got that back and the fans have been great in that too.

    "But we start with 34 points with six games to go, so we are still in the mix.

    "We have been running on one-year contracts since we came up and, if we stay up, we need to take a longer-term view.

    "Third season in, with no right for a club with our population to be here, but if you have good leadership, good vision and good fans, you can stay here."

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    St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's up to us to give a far better performance than we did last week, especially for the supporters.

    "I'm sure that's exactly what Gary has told the boys. It's not over until the fat lady sings, as they say.

    "What's disappointing is some of the negativity, which is just horrific. Negativity is killing Scottish football. The only thing people want to talk about is bad news.

    "We've admitted we made a mistake in our managerial appointment at the start of the season. I still think we've made far more right decisions than wrong ones.

    "Some of the criticism has been a bit personal, which is extremely disappointing.

    "All the guys in our boardroom are St Mirren fans, I can assure you and every single one of them is hurting at the moment."

  68. Post update

    That mauling at Fir Park was just the latest of a series of disappointments for celebrity Buddies like Dougie Vipond, Chic Young, Christopher Brookmyre and the guy from Pie & Bovril.

    Home matches in particular have been a continuing source of misery since the black and whites have managed six wins all season and just one of those has come at St Mirren Park.

  69. Post update

    An eighth loss in nine games would mean St Mirren are destined to finish in the bottom two since they are currently 13 points behind County in 10th place, with just the post-split fixtures to come. Motherwell, in the play-off place, are 10 points better off, having crushed the Paisley side 5-0 last week.

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    Gary Teale has been in charge of the home side since Tommy Craig was sacked in early December and the former Scotland winger was given a deal until the end of the season in late January.

    Sir Alex Ferguson transformed St Mirren during a four-year spell in the 1970s and has time on his hands these days but even the great man might struggle with this task.

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    St Mirren manager Gary Teale on BBC Radio Scotland

    St Mirren manager Gary Teale

    "We're still in there fighting and stranger things have happened. It's down to personal responsibility, we need to win our individual battles.

    "The players need to go out and use every ounce of energy they have.

    "In life, it's always nice to prove people wrong and hopefully we can do that."

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    Ross County manager Jim McIntyre on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We're nowhere near safe, even if we win tonight. When it comes to the split, anything can happen.

    "We've been taking it one game at a time and just trying to climb the league. Scoring first helps and continuity of selection helps.

    "Every time we've faced St Mirren, we've been in a game and I expect that again. The players will be hurting and they'll want to show that they care."


    St Mirren: Ridgers, Naismith, Kelly, McGinn, McAusland, Genev, Mallan, Goodwin, Thompson, Arquin, Wylde. Subs: Gow, Sadlier, Reilly, Dayton, Brown, Sonupe, Wilks.

    Ross County: Brown, Fraser, Reckord, Irvine, Boyd, Paul Quinn, Gardyne, Woods, Curran, Boyce, De Vita. Subs: Reguero, Cardle, Jervis, Kiss, Sernas, Palazuelos, Dingwall.

  74. Post update

    The good news for the beleaguered hosts is that St Mirren are undefeated against tonight's opponents this term, winning in Dingwall in January and sharing four goals in Paisley in October.

  75. Post update

    The bad news for the Buddies is that they are up against the Premiership's form side. The Staggies are simply red hot as they look to extend an eight-game unbeaten run that includes seven victories.

  76. Post update

    Good evening and welcome to our Scottish Premiership coverage. If St Mirren are to perform a miraculous escape from relegation after nine years in the top flight, the fight back really needs to start at home to Ross County.