Ross County made it 4 points from a possible 6 on the road so far this season with a hotly contested draw in Paisley. The Staggies, who were looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Dundee United picked up the point after dominating large spells of the match.
County fell behind after 15 minutes when Jon Obika put the hosts in front. The Buddies striker latching on a loose ball in the box and managing to divert past Laidlaw from 12 yards in the centre of the box.
The Staggies were dealt another blow just 10 minutes later. Coll Donaldson and Obika both trying to get on to a ball and as Donaldson got there first took a sore one which forced the central defender off with Keith Watson replacing him.
As County went searching for the equaliser, they twice had great chances before the break. Firstly, Michael Gardyne had a brilliant cross from the right met by Billy Mckay in the centre of the box but his header glances wide of the far post.
The second chance came from a Harry Paton corner. Ross Stewart met Paton’s corner at the back post but saw his header rebound back off the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
There were two half time subs for the visitors with Regan Charles-Cook and Carl Tremarco replacing Josh Reid and Harry Paton.
County started the second period with high tempo and were almost rewarded but for Richard Tait. Ross Stewart again headed goalwards towards the back post and with Alnwick beat it took every ounce of Richard Tait to make the most spectacular of goal line clearances to deny the Staggies drawing level.
Just after the hour mark the game sparked into controversy. Shaughnessy and Ross Stewart went for a loose ball at fast pace. As Ross Stewart hit the deck immediately the referee looked to continue play before calling play back and awarding the freekick, in addition, sending Shaughnessy off, as Stewart was lucky not to be on the end of a nasty injury with the tackle being knee-height.
Ross County would draw level minutes later. A deep cross was headed back across goal by Connor Randall and Michael Gardyne saw his effort from 16 yards deflected beyond Alnwick and into the back of the net.
As the game draw to a close the Staggies ramped up the pressure on the hosts with the game being played effectively in St Mirren’s third of the park. The most clear-cut chance for the Staggies to win the match came in stoppage time when Billy McKay met a Gardyne cross at the near post, but his effort went just the wrong side of the near post.