Ross County 2 - 3 Dundee United  (League)

Friday, December 5th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 2,922
Referee: Bobby Madden
Ross County v Dundee United, Dec 5th 2014, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Dundee United

Goalscorers
Yoann Arquin (76)
Darren Maatsen (89)
Nadir Ciftci (21)
Stuart Armstrong (48)
Nadir Ciftci (58)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Lewis Toshney
Jamie Reckord
Paul Quinn
Tony Dingwall
Martin Woods
Jackson Irvine
Joe Cardle
Richard Brittain
Steven Ross
Jake Jervis
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Sean Dillon
Conor Townsend
John Souttar
Jaroslaw Fojut
Paul Paton
Calum Butcher
Chris Erskine
Stuart Armstrong
Nadir Ciftci
Ryan Doq

Bench
Antonio Reguero
Scott Boyd
Steven Saunders
Terry Dunfield
Darren Maatsen
Yoann Arquin
Liam Boyce
Michael Szromnik (gk)
Keith Watson
Gary Mackay-Steven
Charlie Telfer
Blair Spittal
Aidan Connolly
John Rankin

Substitutions
Liam Boyce for Steven Ross (57)
Darren Maatsen for Joe Cardle (63)
Yoann Arquin for Jake Jervis (72)
Connolly - Ryan Dow (72)
Mackay-Steven - Chris Erskine (72)
Rankin - Calum Butcher (85)

Bookings
Richard Brittain (45)
Calum Butcher (24)

Red Cards
Liam Boyce (84)
None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 59 apps -
Lewis Toshney 7 apps -
Jamie Reckord 4 apps -
Paul Quinn 7 apps2 goals
Joe Cardle 16 apps -
Richard Brittain 261 apps50 goals
Tony Dingwall 6 apps -
Martin Woods 6 apps -
Steven Ross 23 apps1 goal
Jackson Irvine 11 apps -
Jake Jervis 16 apps4 goals
Darren Maatsen (sub) 16 apps3 goals
Yoann Arquin (sub) 31 apps6 goals
Liam Boyce (sub) 14 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (20 years 138 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 288 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 273 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (20 years 138 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 288 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 140 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

The Staggies started brightly but their momentum was halted when Nadir Ciftci rounded Mark Brown to net.

Stuart Armstrong did likewise after a flowing United break, then Ciftci curled in a third for what was looking like a comfortable win.

But Yoann Arquin and Darren Maatsen scored either side of a Liam Boyce red card to set up a frantic finale.

It was a frustrating night for County, who tested visiting goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak on a number of occasions, but fell agonisingly short of securing something from the encounter.

County had been punished in their previous two games for starting slowly but, after United's Chris Erskine tested keeper Brown with a low shot, the home side were the brighter of the two sides.

Armstrong burst free on the left and found Erskine, who had matched his run through the middle. Paul Quinn got a foot to his through ball, but only knocked it into the path of the alert Ciftci, who rounded Mark Brown to score.

County started the second half on the front foot but were 2-0 down within two minutes following United counter attack.

Sean Dillon and Erskine combined to find Ciftci, whose backheel found Calum Butcher. He slid a perfectly judged pass between two defenders, allowing Armstrong to burst past the keeper and roll into the unguarded net.
United added a third after 58 minutes.

Calum Butcher won the ball and found Erskine, who flicked a clever pass into the path of Ciftci. The forward stepped across his marker before curling in his second goal.

County continued to press, and Tony Dingwall's stinging drive brought a fine save from Cierzniak.

The home side’s persistence finally brought reward when Arquin pounced on John Souttar's misdirected header and drove the ball low past the goalkeeper.

The County substitute stayed on his feet when he could have gone down in the box under a challenge from the United keeper, and he failed to finish when presented with another decent chance.

Darren Maatsen kept the game alive when he crashed the ball in off the underside of the bar to reduce the deficit further in the final minute.

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