Ross Co 3 – 3 St J’stone
Ross County look set for a Premiership relegation play-off after an exhilarating comeback was halted by Ryan McGowan’s equaliser in a 3-3 draw with St Johnstone.
Stevie Might scored both facet of half-time, first with a curling effort after which from the penalty spot, to provide the guests a commanding lead in Dingwall.
However County got here roaring again with Yan Dhanda netting a spot-kick, Jordan White breaking the offside lure to degree issues up and Jack Baldwin hitting a stunner on the demise.
Nevertheless, McGowan had the ultimate say to say a degree that left County three above bottom-placed Dundee United and three beneath third-bottom Kilmarnock, who they face of their last recreation on Sunday.
The Staggies’ greatest probability early on got here courtesy of St Johnstone’s goalkeeper, as Ross Sinclair punched the ball straight to White earlier than recovering nicely to smother the shot.
It was the guests who took the lead via Might, whose shot beat Ross Laidlaw and located the far nook.
St Johnstone maintained the higher hand into the second half, the place Might turned and shot from 25 yards, forcing Laidlaw to tip the ball on to the bar.
Shortly afterwards he made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Nohan Kenneh had taken down Adam Montgomery.
That daylight between the perimeters didn’t final lengthy although, as County went up the pitch and gained a penalty of their very own courtesy of a handball by Cameron Ballantyne.
Dhanda stepped as much as take it and powered his spot-kick previous Sinclair and into the highest nook to chop the deficit in half.
That received the Staggies’ tails up they usually started to pin St Johnstone deep into their very own half as they tried to seek out an equaliser.
Ultimately that stress instructed as, within the 69th minute, Kenneh mishit a shot into the trail of White who transformed from shut vary and, after a VAR test for offside, the aim was allowed to face.
Within the ninetieth minute, an unlikely supply popped up with what seemed like a winner, with Baldwin smashing the ball into the underside nook from 25 yards.
Nevertheless, St Johnstone fought again deep into 5 minutes of stoppage time and Andy Considine thought he had an equaliser when his header at a nook hit the bar, just for McGowan to observe up and discover the web.
What the managers mentioned…
Ross County boss Malky Mackay: “I assumed we began fairly nicely, and I am moderately proud of the entire first half,” Mackay defined.
“They caught us on the counter with their solely shot on aim, and (Stevie) Might – who is an efficient participant – scores.
“There are terrific blocks on their line for 3 possibilities we had within the first half, so at half-time it was only a case of asking for 10 per cent extra vitality and we’d be wonderful.
“We lose a very lazy, sloppy sort out for the penalty to go 2-0 down, however the spirit that we confirmed within the staff actually gave us the prospect to combat again into it once more.
“We got here again nicely, we pushed and probed, and we held our nerve to go forward.
“We lose a sucker punch on the very demise, however within the grand scheme of issues it adjustments nothing with Kilmarnock profitable. We all know precisely what we have to go down there and do on Sunday.”
St Mirren boss Steven MacLean: “We had been 2-0 up and cruising, after which we drop our requirements. We have set requirements during the last 4 video games and been excellent, however then we stopped making an attempt to win first contact and second balls.
“We all know these requirements now, however I’ve to reward their character as a result of we went proper to the top.
“I am simply upset to be 2-0 up in a recreation and never be capable to see it out.
“Honest play to County, they fought again and deservedly received again within the recreation as a result of they put us below quite a lot of stress.”
Ross County’s last Scottish Premiership recreation of the season is away to Kilmarnock on Sunday, whereas St Johnstone host Livingston.
Each matches kick off at 12.30pm.