Partick Thistle 1 - 3 Ross County (League)

Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 3:00 PM at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,951
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Partick Thistle v Ross County, Feb 21st 2015, Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Partick Thistle Ross County 

Goalscorers
Lyle Taylor (68) Craig Curran (10)
Raffaele De Vita (64)
Marcus Fraser (70)

Starting Eleven
Paul Gallacher
Stephen O'Donnell
Daniel Seaborne (c)
Callum Booth
Ryan Stevenson
Frederic Frans
Christie Elliott
Abdul Osman
Gary Fraser
Declan McDaid
Lyle Taylor
Mark Brown
Marcus Fraser
Paul Quinn
Jamie Reckord
Scott Boyd
Jackson Irvine
Martin Woods
Michael Gardyne
Raffaele De Vita
Craig Curran
Liam Boyce

Bench
Scott Basalaj (GK)
Conrad Balatoni
James Craigen
Stuart Bannigan
Kris Doolan
Steven Lawless
Kallum Higginbotham
Antonio Reguero
Cameron Burgess
Tony Dingwall
Joe Cardle
Filip Kiss
Darvydas Sernas
Jake Jervis

Substitutions
Kris Doolan - Declan McDaid (45)
Stuart Bannigan - Callum Booth (57)
Kalum Higginbotham - Abdul Osman (58)
Jake Jervis for Liam Boyce (72)
Filip Kiss for Martin Woods (77)
Tony Dingwall for Craig Curran (86)

Bookings
Danny Seaborne (53)
Gary Fraser (65)
Martin Woods (7)
Jamie Reckord (78)
Marcus Fraser (82)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 61 apps -
Marcus Fraser 5 apps1 goal
Scott Boyd 276 apps12 goals
Paul Quinn 18 apps3 goals
Jamie Reckord 15 apps -
Jackson Irvine 20 apps1 goal
Martin Woods 16 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne 226 apps49 goals
Raffaele De Vita 2 apps2 goals
Craig Curran 7 apps2 goals
Liam Boyce 22 apps4 goals
Filip Kiss (sub) 40 apps6 goals
Tony Dingwall (sub) 13 apps2 goals
Jake Jervis (sub) 25 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Marcus Fraser (20 years 248 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 1 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 235 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Cameron Burgess (19 years 128 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (34 years 1 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 84 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Marcus Fraser scored his first goal for the Club.

Ross County's revival continued, with a second successive victory for Jim McIntyre's side. The result lifts County off the bottom of the table and drags Partick Thistle a little closer to involvement in a relegation battle.
Craig Curran opened the scoring and missed a second-half penalty before Raffaele De Vita did add a second. Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back but Marcus Fraser put the result beyond doubt. The visitors looked hungrier throughout, with the battle for survival perhaps ensuring they played with an added edge. Thistle have now lost five in a row though and find themselves just seven points above the bottom three.
A failure to stem that run could yet lead to a four-way fight to avoid the drop or at least a play-off, while County currently look the form team in that dogfight.
Their opening goal owed less to fabulous attacking than it did to defensive ineptitude and a bit of good fortune, as Michael Gardyne's cross cannoned off Daniel Seaborne from Frederic Frans' attempted clearance, falling kindly for Curran to flick into the net from six yards.
Paul Quinn should have added to the lead, but volleyed wide from 12 yards out and Curran's penalty miss after Liam Boyce was brought down by Seaborne hinted that County could yet rue missed opportunities.
But any such concerns were eased as Gardyne's perfectly-weighted pass allowed De Vita to slide the ball beyond keeper Paul Gallacher. But they were given some hope as Taylor leapt to head past Brown from a Kallum Higginbotham corner.
County refused to buckle though and assured themselves of all three points courtesy of Fraser's superb individual goal. It capped a team performance typified by stout defending and swift counter-attacking, a blend that could carry County to safety.

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