Ross County 1-3 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle notched up their first win since returning to the top flight with a comprehensive victory against Ross County.

Thistle's Kris Doolan found the net after Conrad Balatoni's header had been saved.

Steven Lawless fired in a second-half double in a seven-minute period to extend the Jags' lead further.

A Graham Carey strike pulled one back for the hosts, but it was scant consolation for Derek Adams' men.

The result means County are without a point after two Scottish Premiership matches while Thistle continue their unbeaten start to the campaign following the opening-day 0-0 draw with Dundee United.

County made just one change for the game in Dingwall, with Orhan Mustafi replacing Kevin Luckassen in the starting line-up, while Partick Thistle were unchanged from the side which held Dundee United to a goalless draw at Firhill last Friday night.

The breakthrough came when Balatoni's header from a corner was saved and Doolan knocked in at the back post to give the Jags their first league goal of the season.

County's Rocco Quinn sent in a shot that edged wide of Scott Fox's left-hand upright as the hosts pushed for a leveller.

A shot by Lawless drifted over the County crossbar with 10 minutes remaining of the first half at Dingwall.

Sean Welsh headed across the face of the County goal from an Aaron Muirhead corner, almost giving the Jags their second of the match immediately after the restart.

Kris Doolan almost made it two for Partick Thistle when he rolled the ball towards the County goal, but keeper Mark Brown made the block.

But with 53 minutes expired, Lawless doubled the Jags' lead when he pounced on a poor Grant Munro clearance to fire home.

The visitors further extended their lead when Stuart Bannigan beat the offside trap and cut the ball along the six yard line for Lawless to net his second of the day.

Carey drove home a left-footed effort after good work by Mihael Kovacevic.

Five minutes later, Carey could have doubled his tally when he fired in a shot from a free-kick, but Fox managed to contain it.

With only injury time remaining, new signing Kallum Higginbotham had the ball in the back of the net for Thistle, but referee Alan Muir sided with his assistant and ruled it out for offside.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Kovacevic
  • 03 Gordon
  • 12 Munro
  • 21 McLean
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 06 Micic (De Leeuw - 46' Booked )
  • 10 Quinn
  • 14 Maatsen (Ross - 46' )
  • 23 Carey
  • 09 Mustafi (Glen - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Fraser
  • 16 Cooper
  • 18 Klok
  • 22 Saunders
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 15 Glen
  • 17 Ross

Partick Thistle

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 03 Sinclair
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 04 Welsh
  • 07 Craigen
  • 08 Bannigan (Higginbotham - 67' )
  • 11 Lawless
  • 22 Fraser
  • 09 Doohlan (Baird - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 10 Forbes
  • 19 Osbourne
  • 20 Kerr
  • 14 Elliot
  • 17 Baird
  • 23 Higginbotham
Ref: Muir
Att: 3,331

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

3 10

Corners

6 6

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +27:51 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:25

Corner taken by Steven Lawless.

90:00 +2:11

The ball is crossed by Gary Glen.

90:00 +0:56

Short corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the right by-line.

89:23

Shot by Stephen O'Donnell. Mark Brown safely holds on.

86:12

Clearance made by Conrad Balatoni.

86:05

Centre by Ben Gordon.

85:41

Free kick taken by Mark Brown.

85:33

Kallum Higginbotham is ruled offside.

83:44

Scott Fox takes the free kick.

83:22 Booking

Booking

83:22

Melvin De Leeuw goes into the referee's book for dissent.

83:17

Melvin De Leeuw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen O'Donnell.

82:11

Melvin De Leeuw takes a shot. Aaron Muirhead gets a block in.

81:59

Corner taken by Rocco Quinn.

81:23

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Melvin De Leeuw.

80:54

Sean Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Kettlewell.

80:25

Sean Welsh crosses the ball.

79:04

The ball is crossed by Aaron Sinclair.

78:00

Aaron Sinclair makes a clearance.

77:58

Corner taken by Graham Carey.

77:27

Strike on goal comes in from Graham Carey from the free kick.

76:50

Aaron Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Ross.

76:03

Shot by Melvin De Leeuw cleared the bar.

73:00

Free kick taken by Scott Fox.

72:38

Foul by Steven Ross on Aaron Muirhead, free kick awarded.

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Gary Glen is brought on as a substitute for Orhan Mustafi.

70:19

Assist by Mihael Kovacevic.

70:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Graham Carey - Ross Co 1 - 3 Partick Graham Carey grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Ross County 1-3 Partick.

69:24

John Baird sends in a cross.

68:55

Gary Fraser has an effort at goal. Mark Brown makes a block.

68:20

Clearance by Grant Munro.

68:15

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball.

67:02

Free kick taken by Scott Fox.

66:51 Substitution

Substitution Kallum Higginbotham on for Stuart Bannigan.

66:35

Steven Ross challenges Aaron Muirhead unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:50

Centre by Graham Carey.

65:44

Clearance made by Aaron Muirhead.

65:39

Melvin De Leeuw crosses the ball in from the free kick.

65:10

Foul by Steven Lawless on Ben Gordon, free kick awarded.

64:49

Free kick taken by Conrad Balatoni.

64:43

Conrad Balatoni fouled by Orhan Mustafi, the ref awards a free kick.

62:26

Steven Lawless has an effort at goal. Mark Brown safely holds on.

61:54

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Fraser.

59:09 Substitution

Substitution John Baird replaces Kris Doolan.

58:30

Stuart Bannigan provided the assist for the goal.

58:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Lawless - Ross Co 0 - 3 Partick Steven Lawless scores with a right foot finish. Ross County 0-3 Partick.

58:10

Graham Carey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Fox safely holds on.

57:21

Free kick taken by Grant Munro.

57:17

Steven Lawless is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

56:42

Orhan Mustafi takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

55:59

James Craigen delivers the ball.

55:22

The ball is crossed by Graham Carey.

55:14

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the right by-line.

52:59

Assist on the goal came from Kris Doolan.

52:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Lawless - Ross Co 0 - 2 Partick Steven Lawless scores with their left foot. Ross County 0-2 Partick.

52:49

Stuart Bannigan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Mark Brown back into danger.

51:56

Shot by Graham Carey went wide of the left-hand post.

51:39

Mark Brown manages to make a clearance.

51:35

Corner taken by Stephen O'Donnell.

51:11

Shot by James Craigen. Fine finger tip save by Mark Brown.

48:26

Aaron Sinclair crosses the ball.

47:08

Stephen O'Donnell has an effort at goal.

47:08

Clearance by Ben Gordon.

47:06

Corner taken by Gary Fraser.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Steven Ross comes on in place of Darren Maatsen.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Branislav Micic goes off and Melvin De Leeuw comes on.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:01

Brian McLean manages to make a clearance.

44:52

Free kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell.

44:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Carey on Gary Fraser.

44:20

Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

44:10

Foul by Stuart Bannigan on Rocco Quinn, free kick awarded.

43:12

Free kick taken by Grant Munro.

43:02

The referee blows for offside against Steven Lawless.

42:47

Clearance by Aaron Sinclair.

42:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graham Carey.

42:18

Shot by Orhan Mustafi. Conrad Balatoni gets a block in.

41:14

Grant Munro restarts play with the free kick.

41:06

The official flags Kris Doolan offside.

39:19

Clearance made by Grant Munro.

39:14

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball.

35:57

Clearance made by Grant Munro.

35:52

Stephen O'Donnell crosses the ball in from the free kick.

35:35

Orhan Mustafi concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen O'Donnell.

34:35

Darren Maatsen delivers the ball.

33:48

Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.

33:36

The referee blows for offside against Kris Doolan.

33:07

Centre by Stephen O'Donnell.

30:03

Shot by Steven Lawless went over the net.

29:08

Steven Lawless has an effort at goal. Branislav Micic gets a block in.

28:56

Grant Munro manages to make a clearance.

28:49

The ball is swung over by Aaron Sinclair.

28:29

Free kick taken by Scott Fox.

28:20

Grant Munro challenges Conrad Balatoni unfairly and gives away a free kick.

28:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Graham Carey.

25:05

Rocco Quinn takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

23:15

Header at goal by Grant Munro misses to the right.

23:04

Graham Carey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

22:41

Stephen O'Donnell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon.

21:02

Shot by Darren Maatsen went over the bar.

20:54

Corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line.

20:20

Graham Carey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick which goes left of the net.

19:44

Unfair challenge on Rocco Quinn by Gary Fraser results in a free kick.

17:41

Conrad Balatoni provided the assist for the goal.

17:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Kris Doolan - Ross Co 0 - 1 Partick Kris Doolan scores with a left foot finish. Ross County 0-1 Partick.

17:29

Corner taken by Stephen O'Donnell from the left by-line.

14:42

Stuart Bannigan has an effort at goal. Blocked by Brian McLean.

13:28

Brian McLean takes the free kick.

13:21

The referee blows for offside against Kris Doolan.

11:22

The ball is swung over by Steven Lawless.

9:47

Darren Maatsen delivers the ball.

2:59

Free kick taken by Grant Munro.

2:49

Steven Lawless concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Munro.

1:41

Stephen O'Donnell takes the free kick.

1:19

Aaron Muirhead fouled by Orhan Mustafi, the ref awards a free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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