Dundee 0 - 1 Ross County (League)

Saturday, August 25th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Dens Park
Attendance: 4,905
Referee: Steven McLean
Dundee v Ross County, Aug 25th 2012, Dens Park
Dundee Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. Richard Brittain (pen.) (72)

Starting Eleven
Rab Douglas
Gary Irvine
Kyle Benedictus
Neil McGregor
Davide Grassi
Ryan Conroy
Jim Mcalister
Stephen O'Donnell
Iain Davidson
Colin Nish
Mark Stewart
Michael Fraser
Marc Fitzpatrick
Scott Boyd
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Mark Corcoran
Stuart Kettlewell
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Iain Vigurs
Colin McMenamin

Bench
Lewis Toshney
John Baird
Martin Boyle
Alex Baird
Matt Lockwood
Steven Milne
Graham Webster
Sean McCarthy
Archie MacPhee
Mihael Kovacevic
Russell Duncan
Alex Cooper
Steven Ross
Sam Morrow

Substitutions
Lewis Toshney-Kyle Benedictus (47)
John Baird-Lewis Toshney (85)
Sam Morrow for Colin McMenamin (76)
Russell Duncan for Mark Corcoran (84)

Bookings
Stephen O'Donnell (28)
Colin Nish (86)
Iain Davidson (90)
Iain Vigurs (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 47 apps -
Scott Boyd 190 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 46 apps2 goals
Marc Fitzpatrick 39 apps -
Ross Tokely 4 apps -
Stuart Kettlewell 103 apps6 goals
Iain Vigurs 127 apps14 goals
Richard Brittain 177 apps34 goals
Rocco Quinn 35 apps3 goals
Mark Corcoran 70 apps1 goal
Colin McMenamin 44 apps20 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 10 apps -
Sam Morrow (sub) 16 apps4 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (24 years 116 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 322 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (19 years 1 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 179 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 245 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

A Richard Brittain penalty was enough to earn Ross County their first SPL win of the season at the expense of Dundee at Dens Park.

The Staggies, now unbeaten in 38 league games, netted the winner with less than 20 minutes remaining after Mark Corcoran had been impeded by Neil McGregor.

County stuck with the same side that was only seconds away from beating the Hoops last weekend. The hosts had a lucky escape after six minutes when Ross Tokely nodded an Iain Vigurs corner on to Scott Boyd, whose flick-on bounced back off the crossbar.

Dundee skipper Stephen O'Donnell, who had successfully appealed during the week against his sending-off against Dundee United, was unfortunate to see his well-struck left-foot volley blocked by Vigurs for a fruitless corner.

The Dark Blues were in the ascendancy when Kyle Benedictus surged down the wing, leaving a trail of County defenders in his wake, before picking out Nish in the centre but the striker's header failed to trouble Michael Fraser.

The Dundee pressure continued when Ryan Conroy played a neat ball into the path of Nish, who could only find the side-netting with his first-time effort from an acute angle, before Stewart headed wide from a Conroy free-kick.

And Barry Smith's men went even closer on the stroke of half time when Gary Irvine out-muscled two County defenders to get on the end of a Jim McAlister cross before thundering a left-foot drive off the upright.

Colin McMenamin, playing against his former side, almost created the opening for County when he threaded an intelligent ball into the path of onrushing midfielder Stuart Kettlewell, but his cut-back was too far in front of Vigurs and the chance was gone.

Brittain, who netted an exquisite set-piece against Celtic last weekend, drew a fine save from Robert Douglas from a free-kick 30 yards out as the visitors kept up their efforts to make the breakthrough.

However, it was to be the County skipper who opened the scoring in the 72nd minute when Corcoran was brought down in the area by McGregor and Brittain clinically fired the ball home from the penalty spot.

Dundee pushed for an equaliser late on but were unable to get any joy against the well-organised County defence as the Highland club held out for maximum points.

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