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Ross County F.C. 3 – 0 Motherwell F.C.

Ross-County-v-Motherwell

The 2015 Major League Soccer season is over (at least for this New England Revolution supporter).

The USMNT has turned in two World Cup qualifying matches that have been the footballing equivalent of the color “beige.”

Scotland has failed to qualify for yet another major tournament, and Wales, Ireland, and England did- which makes it even worse.

The new Scotland kits that will be released today…still haven’t been.

Who will save us from this fortnight of footballing misery?!

County.  County will save us.

Despite having lost three league matches in a row and while missing some key players (Midge Gardyne most prominent among them), County welcomed Motherwell to Victoria Park yesterday and did exactly what they should have done at home against a lower half of the table side- they beat them convincingly.

The win brought County to 21 points and solidified their hold on fifth place in the Premiership table.  With no club in the bottom half playing with anything even resembling good form, this next five match stretch could determine a lot about the season for the club.  They play third place Aberdeen and then fourth place St. Johnstone before facing three clubs below them the table- Hamilton, Partick, and Dundee.  A couple of draws followed by three wins might be enough to cement County’s position in the top half of the table by opening a sizeable gap above whichever club is in sixth place.  It might even help County to move ahead of St. Johnstone and into fourth place.

Here are the goals from the match, but a word about them first.  Manager Jim McIntyre could not have hand-picked three better players to score in yesterday’s match.  Craig Curran- the biggest pest in the Premiership, and I say that with love!- scored a belter, one on which his first touch to control the ball might have been more impressive than his shot- and his shot was impressive!  This is a good sign for a player still working his way back to full sharpness and fitness after sitting out a few matches via concussion.  Tony Dingwall scored for the second time in two matches, making McIntyre look like a bit of a selection genius.  And Liam Boyce got back to scoring ways by earning and dispatching an injury time penalty kick.  If he gets going again that two draws followed by three wins scenario I outlined above could be entirely plausible.  Here you go!

Here’s a little more video for you.  These are the match highlights as produced by Motherwell F.C., rather than the Premiership, which has been taking its sweet time getting videos out this season.  The quality is not the best (FOCUS!!) and it makes it look as though the Well were in this match the whole way but just got some bad breaks.  This last point is interesting because in his post-match interview Motherwell manager Mark McGhee was quick to point out that his club was clearly second best from the opening to the final whistle.

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