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MATCH REPORT Motherwell 4-1 Ross County

Ross County fell to their first defeat in 3 games after falling to a 4-1 loss at Fir Park. After notching an early strike, the Staggies could lose out for the first time since 12th February.


The game started well for the Highlanders and after only 3 minutes we would take the lead. Iain Vigurs corner on the right-hand side picked out Liam Fontaine at the near post. The defender managing to get his foot to the ball and knocked the ball beyond Gillespie at his near post.


Moments later and Billy Mckay would have the opportunity to double the Staggies lead. He turned well on the edge of the box and managed to get a shot away, the shot however deflected for another Ross County corner- County wouldn’t be able to utilise it the same way as their first.


The hosts would equalise with 17 minutes on the clock. A deep corner was knocked down at the back post and Mark O’Hara was quickest to punch 6 yards out and hammered the ball beyond Ross Laidlaw.


Lee Erwin would have an opportunity to put the visitors back in to the lead. As Callum Morris sent a long ball over the top of the Motherwell defence, Erwin would contest it with Peter Hartley. The Staggies front man managing to come away with the ball but his shot from 20 yards not struck cleanly and easily gathered by Mark Gillespie.


The Staggies would rue their missed opportunities as the hosts took the lead midway through the half. Grimshaw doing well on the right to get to the by-line and his low cross was hammered towards goal, rebounding off the crossbar and falling to Alan Campbell just yards out who slammed the ball home.


Motherwell would have the first real chance of the second half on the hour mark. Chris Long finding himself with space just 8 yards out but his shot superbly finger-tipped on to the bar by Laidlaw who managed to gather at the second attempt.


With 15 minutes remaining the home side would extend their lead. Chris Long was found on the left-hand side and he managed to get an effort across goal where Campbell again would have the opportunity to knock home from close range in the centre of the six-yard box.


As the Staggies introduced further attacking options in Ross Stewart and Oli Shaw it gave the Staggies more options to try and hit Motherwell’s backline. Josh Mullin made a fantastic run to the by-line before sending in a teasing cross that was cleared only back to Mullin whose effort on target was deflected for a corner.


With County pushing harder and harder for a way back in to the game they would be undone in the final minute of stoppage time. Motherwell’s substitute Tony Watt being set free on the right and managing to set himself before stroking the ball across goal and in to the back of the net.


The Staggies now move on to a home match with Rangers on Sunday at the Global Energy Stadium.

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