Ross County v Partick Thistle
Irn-Bru Scottish First Division
Tuesday 10th March 2009 7.45pm
Referee William Collum
Without a reporter at the game we missed the chance to celebrate a great victory over our bogie team Ross County. This was always going to be a difficult match, but it seems that Ian McCall’s men were ready to make amends for the poor performance served up on Saturday. By all accounts this was an excellent performance from the Jags: two goals from Kris Doolan in a magic two minutes sealing the victory and three points for Thistle.
McCall had made changes to saturday’s side with Chaplain and Akins being given a start. Paton dropped to the bench, but McCall kept faith with goalkeeper Tuffey. The changes seemed to have the desired effect and the side obviously responded with such an excellent away win. Much concern over last night’s match revolved around the striking prowess of County’s ‘new’ signing Craig Brewster. Fortunately, although always a threat, the defence was up to the mark. Indeed a number of the best chances came to the Jags in the first half with both Harkins and Doolan providing the main threat.
Doolan showed himself to be a major threat to the home side and had the ball inside the County net just after the start of the second half, but this was ruled offside. Minutes later he again game close with the ball going wide. Only ten minutes later, in the 67th minute, his persistence paid off and after a cut back from Twaddle, he put the ball into the back of the net to put the Jags one up. Two minutes later he doubled our lead this time taking a pass from McKeown and puting it into the net.
Although other results went our way somewhat, the St. Johnstone one did not, so Thistle remain four points behind the leaders who still have a game in hand. However, there is still a chance that we can take this fight right to the end of the season. All we need is to maintain our drive forward and hope that the Saints slip up on two occasions. The promotion race is not over yet.
Ross County: Soutar (Malin 1), Corrigan, Golabek, McCulloch, Dowie, Watt, Scott (Daal 74), Strachan (Gardyne 80), Craig, Brewster, Higgins.
Players not used: Lawson, Keddie. Booked: Watt, Corrigan.
Thistle: Tuffey, Storey, Twaddle, Chaplain (Paton 66), John Robertson, Archibald, McKeown, Rowson, Akins (McKinlay 80), Doolan, Harkins.
Players not used: Hinchcliffe, Kinniburgh, Little.
Scorers: Doolan 67, 69.
Referee: William Collum
Assistants: Jim Lyon and Kevin J. Graham