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MATCH REPORT Ross County 1-1 St Johnstone

Ross County scored deep in to second half stoppage time to claim a valuable point against St Johnstone. After Stevie May’s first half strike it took until 90 seconds before the final whistle for the Staggies to draw level.

 

The home side almost opened the scoring 10 minutes in to the match. Josh Mullin was set away on the right hand side and he whipped in a very dangerous cross that looked like it was going to cross Zander Clark’s goal line. The keeper managing to get a hand to the ball and force the ball on to the post and to safety.

 

Just moments later and Oli Shaw would be next to take aim. The striker turning nicely 30 yards out before taking aim but his effort flying high over the bar.

 

The hosts would grow in to the game and Ross Laidlaw was forced in to a double save just before the half hour. The ball ending up at the feet of Drey Wright who could then only fire over. Wotherspoon would be next to have an opening. Stevie May latching on to a loose Marcus Fraser pass and driving down the left before cutting back to Wotherspoon who had a clear sight of goal but could only fire over Ross Laidlaw’s bar.

 

5 minutes later and the visitors would get their lead. Stevie May making a sleek run in behind the Staggies defence on the right hand side and being picked out with a great pass. He drove towards goal and hammered across Laidlaw and in to the bottom left hand corner.

 

On the hour mark the Staggies had their first chance of the second 45. Marcus Fraser picking up the ball 30 yards out and dispatching a good effort. However, it would only find the wrong side of the post. McKay would have similar effort go past the left hand post moments later.

 

With 10 minutes remaining Ross Laidlaw made a heroic save to stop St Johnstone substitute Jason Holt scoring. Holt neatly worked his way in to the box from the right hand side and tried to nestle a shot in to the bottom right hand corner but Laidlaw used his legs to prevent the visitors doubling their lead.

 

With County down to 10 men due to Coll Donaldson being taken off with a facial injury the Staggies were searching for a way back in to the game. Substitute Blair Spittal made it to the by-line of the left-hand side and sent in a great ball but there were no takers for the midfielders delivery.

 

Just moments remaining and with the hosts forcing players up the field in search of the equaliser, Michael O’Halloran was found in acres of space on the left-hand side. He sent a teasing ball across the Staggies box but Foster managed to get to the ball first. His clearance only finding Drey Wright who could only fire over.

 

As the game came in to the 3rd of 5 added minutes the Staggies would strike. Josh Mullin was picked out on the right-hand side and he sent a low ball towards the centre of the box. From 4 yards Billy McKay would be on hand to convert past Clark and gain a share of the spoils for County.