Yesterday Ross County F.C. traveled to The Haughs in Turriff, Aberdeenshire to play Highland League side Turriff United F.C.. By all counts it was a hard fought (more on that below!) match that was hampered by a more-or-less constant downpour. In the end, however, Ross County prevailed 1-o courtesy of a 22nd minute goal from striker Colin McMenamin who converted a cross from Steven Craig.
Manager Derek Adams again got all of his players minutes in this match. The first half started with a line-up of Malin in goal, Tokely, Boyd, Munro, and McPhee across the back, Scott, Quinn, Craig, and Byrne in the midfield, and McMenamin and Glen up front.
The only player who remained in the match (and it was a good thing as you will soon see) was Tokely. He was joined in the back four by Fitzpatrick, Boyd, and Cooper, with Fraser behind them in goal. The new midfield was Brittain, Kettlewell, Ross, and Vigurs. Morrow and Corcoran were the attackers.
Back to Ross Tokely. The big man will have something to prove this season after spending the first sixteen years of his career with derby Rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. and he got a start on it in the second half of the match. With Turriff giving as good as they got for the entire match things boiled over a bit towards the end of the match when, after being the victim of several “spirited” tackles, County midfielder Iain Vigurs decided to let the player in question know how he was feeling. Luckily, Vigurs only managed to chest bump the player before Tokely wrapped him up and move him away from danger. Nevertheless, Vigurs remained heated enough that Derek Adams removed him from the match and County played a man down for the rest of the match.
County are back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy to take on First Division Raith Rovers F.C., after which they will head to the Netherlands for a week long training camp.