That was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, wasn’t it?
Down 0-1, then down 1-2, I was starting to have thoughts about how County had managed to turn a great start to the season into a drop back into the bottom half of the Premiership by midseason!?
Then the boys got things in gear and by the time the final whistle had blown they had held on to fifth place for yet another week and with only one match remaining in the year.
The visitors were on the board first when a Greg Stewart through-ball provided Kane Hemmings with a breakaway which he converted into a goal by firing past Scott Fox from just outside the penalty spot in the fifth minute. After that followed a long stretch of back-and-forth play that was eventually broken when captain Andrew Davies knocked a Dundee goal kick right back up the pitch and into the path of Liam Boyce, who tucked it cooly past an on-rushing Scott Bain.
1-1 at the half, not the best, but not the worst.
Unfortunately, not too long into the second half it was Stewart to Hemmings again for Dundee’s second goal of the match and a 2-1 lead. At this point I was beginning to mind all of the draws and wins in past season that County had managed to turn into losses and draws with, shall we say, less than diligent defending? My worries were unfounded however, as County knocked in three goals in the next sixteen minutes.
The first came only two minutes later when Michael Gardyne took a pass from Liam Boyce and somehow managed to get it over Scott Bain’s head, off the underside of the crossbar, and into the far side panel of the net. Five minutes later, County took the lead for the first time when substitute Jackson Irvine (who started on the bench due to a toe injury) slotted in a corner kick with what may have been his first touch of the match. There was some debate over whether the ball crossed the line, but as you’ll see in the highlights below, it was well over.
County’s fourth goal came only nine minutes later when Richard Foster ended a run down the righthand side of the pitch by chipping a ball into the box which Liam Boyce put away with a spectacular overhead kick. Eager for his hat trick, Boyce continued to press the Dundee back line at every opportunity, and his came in the 85 minute when he latched on to a miss hit clearance in the box and fired in his third goal of the match.
Boyce has 13 goals in the league and 17 in all competitions and is poised to set new records in each category (and least in the era of Ross County “league football”) with a half of the season still stretched out ahead of him.
County meet second-bottom Kilmarnock on Tuesday to close out the year. As promised, the goals!