Before I say anything about todays match let me say what a MASSIVE boost it was for me to come home form work to find out that Ross County TV (www.rosscounty.tv), which was launched today, works in the States!! Believe me, I had prepared for the worst…”this content is not available in your region.” But it works, it’s well put together, and I’m pretty excited! Speaking of pretty excited…
If you take nothing else away from today victory, let it be this: this is the first time in four seasons in the Premiership that County have won three times in the league before Christmas. Think about that for a minute. That should give you some idea how good County have been (and have had to be!) in the second half of their first three seasons in order to avoid relegation.
County were on the board first when United’s Mark Durnan was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area in the 17th minute. United’s players (and supporters, no doubt) felt Durnan was pushed into the ball rather than actually handling it, but no matter, referee Craig Thompson pointed to the spot and Liam Boyce stepped up and did the business. It was Boyd’s fifth goal in the last four matches and keeps him close to the top of the Premiership leaderboard.
County were at it again in the 28th minute when Jonathan Franks’ corner kick found captain Andrew Davies who cooly knocked the ball across the line for his second goal in two matches, both off corner kicks. If Davies can chip in with goals on a regular basis (particularly on set-pieces) the already potent County attack is going to have one more weapon for opposing defenses to contend with.
United came out of the halftime break determined to get back into the match and while they had several good chances it was only a 30 yard thunderbolt from captain Sean Dillon that found its way past Scott Fox and the County defense. The County defense can probably be forgiven for not closing down the Irishman- especially that far from goal- as it was only his sixth goal for the club in over 250 matches!
Following the visitor’s goal County manager Jim McIntyre went to his bench and brought in Ian McShane, Richard Foster, and Stewart Murdoch to tighten up the team defense and see out the remainder of the match. They did just that and County walked away 2-1 winners and still in possession of fifth place in the Premiership.
After the international break County will travel to Fir Park to face seventh place Motherwell F.C. on September 12.