Ross County opened their competitive season today with a 2-0 defeat of League One side Alloa Athletic at Victoria Park. The match was the first match of “Group D” play in the
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County dominated possession (especially in the first half) as you might expect from a club two divisions above its opponent on the day- Alloa did have a few dangerous chances, but each was turned away by Scott Fox in the County goal.
County’s first goal came in the 40th minute via a stunning volley from Marcus Fraser. Some are already calling it the “goal of a lifetime” for the young defender, which is saying something considering that he did this just two years ago!
The second goal came in the 69th minute as Craig Curran pounced on a rebound (doesn’t he always?!) and but the ball behind Alloa goalkeeper Craig McDowall. As wonderful as it was to see Curran give the club some insurance in the waning minutes of the match, it was even better just to see him healthy and back in the side as one has to think he’s only one more head-knock away from seeing his career come to a premature end.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the starting line-up contained newcomers Jaime Lindsay and Sean Kelly, both of whom showed well for the team today- particularly Lindsay- and that Thomas Mikkelsen came on for Curran late in the match.
County next play, again in League Cup action, against Montrose at Links Park on Tuesday.
Welcome back, Staggies!!