A 10-man St Johnstone side ended Ross County's unbeaten league run of 40 games with a win at Victoria Park.

Liam Craig opened on the half-hour for the visitors with a strike from 30 yards, but Rowan Vine was sent off one minute later for violent conduct.

Sammy Morrow latched onto a Grant Munro cross to equalise from close-range in the 67th minute.

Saints regained the advantage in the closing stages with Frazer Wright heading a corner home from six yards.

County had early chances but failed to capitalise, with Rocco Quinn and Gary Glen both testing visiting keeper Alan Manus.

Ross Tokely then came close with a header and fellow defender Scott Boyd closer still with another effort from a corner.

The home side continued to dominate but suddenly St Johnstone were a goal up against the run of play.

When the ball broke to Craig the midfielder lashed a fantastic long-range strike past Michael Fraser.

However, the Saints fans' delight turned to despair just over a minute later when Vine appeared to take a swing at Richard Brittain and the visitors had to make do with 10 men.

County pressed for the equaliser which might save their unbeaten run and into the second half Iain Vigurs came close from distance.

Then the Saints missed a golden chance when substitute Murray Davidson somehow slammed the underside of the bar from close range and the ball just failed to cross the line.

Gregory Tade was the next to miss in a better spell for the 10 men. But County quickly reasserted themselves and drew level when Munro set up Morrow to knock the ball home at the left post.

It was constant pressure from County and substitute Colin McMenamin forced a full length save from Mannus when he broke clear.

Morrow might then have put the home side ahead but his effort was headed off the line.

The County goal had a let off in the 85th minute when Saints' sub Steven MacLean forced Michael Fraser to turn the ball for a corner.

From the Craig's resulting corner, Wright rose above the County defence to head home the winner - and Saints almost went further ahead in injury-time when David McKay cracked a free kick of the inside of the post before it was cleared.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Ross County

  • 01 Fraser
  • 03 Fitzpatrick (Scott - 77' )
  • 04 Munro
  • 05 Boyd
  • 06 Tokely (Kovacevic - 46' )
  • 07 Kettlewell
  • 10 Brittain
  • 11 Vigurs
  • 12 Quinn Booked
  • 17 Morrow
  • 20 Glen (McMenamin - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Brown
  • 22 Kovacevic
  • 23 Macphee
  • 14 Scott
  • 24 Ross
  • 09 McMenamin
  • 26 Dingwall

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 05 Wright Booked
  • 06 Anderson
  • 19 Miller
  • 04 Cregg (MacLean - 74' )
  • 07 Millar
  • 10 Craig
  • 11 Hasselbaink (Davidson - 55' )
  • 23 Vine Dismissed
  • 09 Tade Booked (McCracken - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Tuffey
  • 18 McCracken
  • 26 Caddis
  • 08 Davidson
  • 47 Tobin
  • 17 MacLean
  • 41 Kane
Ref: Crawford
Att: 4,094

Match Stats

Shots

20 6

On target

8 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:52

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

90:00 +0:58

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Martin Scott (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) from right wing, passed.

89:14

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) on Steven MacLean (St Johnstone). Free kick curled right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from left channel (25 yards),

88:31

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

87:57

Defending throw-in by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

87:23

Shot by Grant Munro (Ross County) left-footed from left channel (35 yards), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

86:44

Defending throw-in by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

86:03

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) to far post, clearance by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

85:08

Assist (cross) by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right by-line.

85:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Frazer Wright - Ross Co 1 - 2 St J'stone headed goal by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) (top-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Ross County 1-2 St Johnstone.

84:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre,

84:19

Shot by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (tipped over) by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

83:54

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

83:33

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

82:47

Shot by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

82:35

Attacking throw-in by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

81:25

Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Richard Brittain (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) from right channel, resulting in open play.

80:59 Substitution

Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Gregory Tade replaced by David McCracken (tactical).

80:37

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

80:16

Shot by Martin Scott (Ross County) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.

79:32

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

79:09

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

78:37

Sam Morrow takes a shot. Murray Davidson makes a clearance.

77:28

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) on Gary Miller (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

77:08

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

76:46 Substitution

Substitution Ross County substitution: Marc Fitzpatrick replaced by Martin Scott (tactical).

76:16

Shot by Sam Morrow (Ross County) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.

75:44

Shot by Colin McMenamin (Ross County) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

74:57

Goal kick taken short by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

74:06

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Grant Munro (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Fraser (Ross County) from own half, passed.

73:55

Defending throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

73:21 Substitution

Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Patrick Cregg replaced by Steven MacLean (tactical).

71:49

Foul by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) on Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

70:17

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

67:56

Assist (pass) by Grant Munro (Ross County) from left side of penalty area.

67:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Morrow - Ross Co 1 - 1 St J'stone Goal by Sam Morrow (Ross County) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Ross County 1-1 St Johnstone.

65:58

Shot by Colin McMenamin (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

64:37

Goal kick taken short by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

64:18

Shot by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.

63:29

Free kick taken right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

63:29 Substitution

Substitution Ross County substitution: Gary Glen replaced by Colin McMenamin (tactical).

63:21

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) on Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

63:01

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

61:55

Defending throw-in by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

61:14

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County) on Murray Davidson (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

60:48

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

60:25

Shot by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

60:05

Attacking throw-in by Grant Munro (Ross County).

59:38

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) to centre, save (punched) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

58:57

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

58:28

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

57:15

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

54:56

Foul by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County) on Chris Millar (St Johnstone). Free kick taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right wing, shot by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards),

54:09

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

54:09 Substitution

Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Nigel Hasselbaink replaced by Murray Davidson (tactical).

53:53

Shot by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.

53:29

Attacking throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

52:04

Shot by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (fumbled) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

50:43

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

49:29

Defending throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

48:37

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

48:24

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

47:46

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to out of play, resulting in open play.

47:08

Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

47:08 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) booked for unsporting behaviour.

47:00

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) on Liam Craig (St Johnstone).

46:23

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

45:43

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

45:28

Shot by Grant Munro (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ross County substitution: Ross Tokely replaced by Mihael Kovacevic (injury).

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:21

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

45:00 +0:05

Shot by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) left-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed right.

43:50

Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone) on Gary Glen (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) from own half, passed.

43:30

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

42:03

Defending throw-in by Grant Munro (Ross County).

40:57

Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone) on Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County). Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) from left wing, save (punched) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

38:57

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) on Chris Millar (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

38:15 Booking

Booking Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.

37:38

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

37:29

Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Ross County) from own half, passed.

37:29 Booking

Booking Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.

36:49

Bad foul by Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) on Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

35:59

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) on Gregory Tade (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from right wing, save (caught) by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

35:45

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

34:14

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

32:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) dismissed for violent conduct.

31:42

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

31:02

Defending throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

29:45

Assist (pass) by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) from right channel.

29:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Craig - Ross Co 0 - 1 St J'stone Goal by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left channel (25 yards).Ross County 0-1 St Johnstone.

28:52

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

27:53

Attacking throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

27:31

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

26:43

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) to centre, header by Scott Boyd (Ross County) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

26:22

Attacking throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

25:56

Goal kick taken long by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

24:59

Goal kick taken long by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

23:43

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

22:28

Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Iain Vigurs (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) from left channel, header by Ross Tokely (Ross County) from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

21:47

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

20:49

Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

20:26

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

18:41

Foul by Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) on Grant Munro (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Ross County) from own half, passed. Gary Glen (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

18:31

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

18:11

Shot by Sam Morrow (Ross County) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.

17:21

Defending throw-in by Ross Tokely (Ross County).

16:18

Defending throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

15:51

Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Fraser (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

14:58

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

14:14

Foul by David MacKay (St Johnstone) on Rocco Quinn (Ross County). Free kick crossed left-footed by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play.

14:00

Attacking throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

12:14

Shot by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

11:27

Goal kick taken long by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

11:01

Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).

10:27

Shot by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right-footed from right channel (35 yards), save (caught) by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

10:00

Defending throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

9:40

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

9:19

Shot by Gary Glen (Ross County) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.

8:40

Defending throw-in by Marc Fitzpatrick (Ross County).

8:11

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

6:43

Defending throw-in by Ross Tokely (Ross County).

5:06

Attacking throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

3:48

Goal kick taken long by Alan Mannus (St Johnstone).

2:07

Goal kick taken long by Michael Fraser (Ross County).

1:26

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County) on Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.

1:03

Defending throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

0:18

Defending throw-in by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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