For the second weekend running Ross County came from behind to snatch a point in an away Premiership fixture. Following the 2-2 draw at Hibernian last weekend, the Staggies fell 4-0 to Rangers in midweek before coming back from 2-1 down at Hamilton this afternoon to grab another precious Premiership point.
The match started in lightening fashion and the Staggies took the lead with only 36 seconds on the clock. In his first Premiership start, Lee Erwin forced a good save from Owain Fon Williams, but the Welsh goalkeeper could only palm it to the feet of Billy McKay who had the simplest of tap-ins from 4 yards.
It wasn’t until the half hour mark that the second-best chance of the match would be created. The ball fell to Michael Gardyne on the edge of the box and he took aim from distance, sadly the midfielders shot went just wide of Fon Williams near post. Ross Stewart would follow that up with 5 minutes to go until half time. He was slipped in by Lee Erwin and with only the goalkeeper to beat Stewarts dink went beyond Fon Williams but also went the wrong side of the near post.
7 minutes after the break Accies drew level. Lewis Smith managed to turn Richard Foster in the box before dispatching a powerful effort in to the top right-hand corner of the Staggies net to bring it to 1-1.
Just after the hour the home side took the lead in the match for the first time. The ball was cleared from the box but only as far as George Oakley who managed to take a touch before sending a low effort beyond Laidlaw and in to the bottom left hand corner of the net.
With the game pressing on and the Staggies searching for an equaliser, it would eventually come with only 2 minutes left on the clock. A very slick move from the Staggies eventually saw Michael Gardyne beat his man and cut the ball back for Brian Graham who drilled his effort across Fon Williams and in to the bottom right hand corner of the net.
The Staggies could have stolen the 3 points at the death. A deep cross from Josh Mullin found Ross Stewart at the back post but his header was well saved at point blank range from Fon Williams, Fontaine’s couldn’t get enough on the follow up to take the ball over the line.
Its another very valuable point on the road for the Staggies which also lifts them back in to the top 6 with a 14 point return from 12 matches.