Ross County 3 - 0 Partick Thistle

Tuesday 6th March 2012
C McMenamin (30)
I Vigurs (36)
M Gardyne (50)

Staggies win again

League leaders Ross County extended their advantage at the top with a 3-0 win over Partick.

The hosts took the lead on the half-hour mark when Colin McMenamin rose highest to head home Gary Miller's cross.

And the advantage was doubled six minutes later courtesy of a fine free-kick by Iain Vigurs from distance.

Michael Gardyne added the third just after the restart when he was on hand to fire home McMenamin's cross.

The Jags came close to a consolation goal five minutes from time but Sean Welsh's drive was tipped over by Michael Fraser.

Substitute Steven Craig almost added a fourth in closing stages but his effort came back off a post.

Victory moves Derek Adams' side nine points clear of second-placed Falkirk while Partick remain in fourth.

OfficialIain Brines
Attendance2,200
VenueVictoria Park
Kick Off
Ross County 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
0:55
Offside flag raised against Colin McMenamin
1:00
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
1:57
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
2:20
Save made by Scott Fox
4:08
Foul on Kal Naismith
4:12
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney from the right wing
4:59
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
5:39
Cross from Richard Brittain
5:42
Shot taken by Iain Vigurs from the centre penalty area
5:52
Save made by Scott Fox
6:26
Foul on Michael Gardyne
6:47
Free Kick taken by Richard Brittain
6:58
Foul on William Kinniburgh
7:08
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
8:29
Foul on David Wilson
8:32
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
9:45
Foul on Paul Lawson
9:49
Free Kick taken by Grant Munro
11:17
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
11:47
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline
12:07
Foul on Grant Munro
12:18
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
14:53
Foul on William Kinniburgh
14:59
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
15:41
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
17:17
Cross from Richard Brittain
17:24
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
18:56
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
19:26
Save made by Scott Fox
19:59
Cross from Scott Morrison
20:28
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
21:01
Foul on Stuart Kettlewell
21:05
Free Kick taken by Paul Lawson
21:31
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
22:14
Shot taken by Scott Boyd from the centre penalty area
22:32
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
22:48
Foul on Paul Cairney
22:53
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney
24:05
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
26:32
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
26:52
Foul on Christopher Erskine
26:56
Free Kick taken by William Kinniburgh
28:25
Cross from Gary Miller
28:26
Shot taken by Stuart Kettlewell from the centre penalty area
28:33
Save made by Scott Fox
29:11
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
29:35
Cross from Gary Miller
29:37
Shot taken by Colin McMenamin from the centre penalty area
29:37
Ross County 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Colin McMenamin from the centre penalty area to the bottom right of the goal.
30:35
Foul on Paul Cairney
30:38
Free Kick taken by Kal Naismith from the right wing
31:09
Cross from Kal Naismith
31:11
Clearance by Richard Brittain
31:29
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
33:34
Shot taken by Michael Gardyne using his left foot from the left penalty area
33:50
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
35:00
Foul on Iain Vigurs
35:03
Free Kick taken by Iain Vigurs
35:43
Shot taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot
35:43
Ross County 2 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Iain Vigurs using his left foot to the top left of the goal.
37:39
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
39:08
Foul on Paul Cairney
39:13
BOOKING: Stuart Kettlewell of Ross County given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
39:26
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
40:50
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
41:51
Foul on Iain Vigurs
41:55
Free Kick taken by Paul Lawson from the left wing
42:09
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
45:00+0:03
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline
45:00+0:28
Save made by Michael Fraser
Half Time
Ross County 2 - 0 Partick Thistle
Second Half Started
Ross County 2 - 0 Partick Thistle
45:55
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
47:49
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
48:08
Foul on Michael Gardyne
48:15
Free Kick taken by Grant Munro
49:50
Cross from Colin McMenamin
49:58
Shot taken by Michael Gardyne using his left foot from the centre penalty area
49:58
Ross County 3 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Michael Gardyne using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
52:24
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
53:27
Shot taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot
53:32
Save made by Scott Fox
53:40
Corner taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot from the left byline
53:51
Clearance by Scott Robertson
55:15
Foul on Christopher Erskine
55:27
Free Kick taken by Kal Naismith
55:48
Shot taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot
56:00
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
58:32
Foul on Conrad Balatoni
58:43
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
59:33
Foul on Kal Naismith
59:52
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney from the left wing
60:26
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
62:31
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot
62:40
Save made by Michael Fraser
62:46
Corner taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot from the right byline
63:08
Corner taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
63:15
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kieran Burns on for William Kinniburgh
63:48
Clearance by Grant Munro
64:02
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot
64:08
Save made by Michael Fraser
64:21
Offside flag raised against Christie Elliot
64:22
Free Kick taken by Scott Morrison
65:33
Corner taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot from the right byline to the near post
65:45
Clearance by Stuart Kettlewell
65:50
Foul on Scott Morrison
65:59
BOOKING: Aaron Taylor-Sinclair of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
66:13
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
67:02
Cross from Richard Brittain
67:04
Clearance by Paul Cairney
67:07
Corner taken by Iain Vigurs using his left foot from the right byline
67:36
Clearance by Kal Naismith
71:30
Foul on Michael Gardyne
71:34
Free Kick taken by Michael Fraser
72:42
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
72:49
Clearance by Grant Munro
73:42
Shot taken by Gary Miller with his right foot
73:54
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Sean Welsh on for Christie Elliot
75:12
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
75:14
Clearance by Grant Munro
76:38
Cross from Scott Morrison
76:46
Corner taken by Paul Lawson with his right foot from the left byline
77:11
Shot taken by Stuart Kettlewell from the centre penalty area
77:24
Substitution for Ross County: Steven Craig on for Colin McMenamin
77:32
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
79:21
Cross from Iain Vigurs
79:37
Cross from Paul Lawson
79:40
Clearance by Scott Robertson
79:48
Cross from Iain Vigurs
80:37
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
81:55
Shot taken by Kieran Burns with his right foot
82:02
Save made by Michael Fraser
82:26
Substitution for Ross County: Mark Corcoran on for Scott Morrison
83:27
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
84:19
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
86:02
Foul on Paul Cairney
86:05
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
86:37
Shot taken by Sean Welsh with his right foot
86:46
Save made by Michael Fraser
86:54
Corner taken by Kal Naismith using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
87:06
Goal Kick taken by Michael Fraser
87:19
Substitution for Ross County: Jonathan Flynn on for Stuart Kettlewell
89:10
Shot taken by Steven Craig with his right foot from the right penalty area
89:27
Foul on Sean Welsh
89:29
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
90:00+0:21
Shot taken by Jonathan Flynn with his right foot
90:00+0:30
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
90:00+1:23
Shot taken by Steven Craig with his right foot from the centre penalty area
Full Time
Ross County 3 - 0 Partick Thistle

Ross County

vs

Partick Thistle

3
Goals
0
2
Assists
0
13
Shots
5
6
On Target
5
7
Off Target
0
11
Crosses
3
6
Corners
7
25
Throw Ins
19
5
Saves
5
5
Clearances
4
6
Goal Kicks
18
10
Free Kicks
14
1
Offside
1
1
Yellow Cards
1

Ross County

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Michael Fraser
02.Gary Miller
03.Scott Boyd
04.Grant Munro
05.Scott Morrison 83+0' Tactical
06.Richard Brittain
07.Paul Lawson
08.Stuart Kettlewell (40+0: Unsporting behaviour) 88+0' Tactical
09.Iain Vigurs
10.Michael Gardyne
11.Colin McMenamin 78+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Joe Malin
13.Jonathan Flynn 88+0' Tactical
14.Rocco Quinn
15.Mark Corcoran 83+0' Tactical
16.Steven Craig 78+0' Tactical

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (66+0: Unsporting behaviour)
04.Conrad Balatoni
05.Paul Cairney
06.David Wilson
07.Scott Robertson
08.Christopher Erskine
09.William Kinniburgh 64+0' Tactical
10.Christie Elliot 74+0' Tactical
11.Kal Naismith

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Stuart Bannigan
14.Sean Welsh 74+0' Tactical
15.Thomas Stewart
16.Kieran Burns 64+0' Tactical

County still without injured duo

Ross County are again without David McNamee and Marc Fitzpatrick through injury as they look to defeat Partick and open up a nine-point gap on second-placed Falkirk with one game still in hand.

Manager Derek Adams has no interest of looking any further forward than Partick.

He said: "There is still a third of the season to go so there is no point in getting excited. We will take things one game at a time as we have all season.

"We have drawn 2-2 and beaten Thistle 1-0 so there has not been much between us all season. I have a lot of respect for them and we are in the middle of a really demanding schedule so it will be a difficult contest."

Partick winger Chris Erskine has shaken off a back injury and will head north in manager Jackie McNamara's squad.

Erskine featured prominently in their 2-0 success over Hamilton at the weekend.

The Jags are, however, without Paul Paton through suspension with injuries ruling out Sean Welsh, Darren Cole and Kris Doolan.

McNamara said: "Ross County are obviously having a great season and they have a good squad full of experienced players but we will give it a real go.

"I was delighted with how we played against Hamilton but I am now looking for consistency in our results. We are fourth but I want us to climb higher between now and the end of the season."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 25 23 52
2 Falkirk 26 10 43
3 Dundee 26 11 41
4 Partick Thistle 26 4 34
5 Hamilton Accies 26 -2 33
6 Livingston 26 -3 32
7 Morton 25 -11 31
8 Up Ayr United 26 -15 30
9 Down Raith Rovers 26 -5 28
10 Queen of South 26 -12 23

Updated 6/03/2012 at 21:41

 

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