St Mirren A-A Ross County: Match abandoned in second half

St Mirren's match against Ross County was abandoned midway through the second half due to a waterlogged pitch.

The hosts were two goals up at the break after Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson had netted.

Referee Willie Collum took the players off the park several minutes into the second period amid heavy rain.

Ground staff tried in vain to clear water from the pitch and, after a half-hour delay, it was confirmed the match would not continue.

Ross County's Rocco Quinn challenges St Mirren's Paul McGowan

Wet weather in Paisley led to the match being abandoned after 52 minutes

"When we came out for the second half, the pitch had become worse than what it was before half-time," Collum told BBC Scotland.

"At half-time, things seemed to be fine, the ball was moving in the first half.

"In the second half, for the first seven minutes there was obviously a problem. There were players having to check their tackles, watch their running. The ball was sticking.

"Ultimately, the pitch was becoming unplayable and dangerous and the referee's prime responsibility is for the players' safety.

"I gave the ground staff at least two attempts to try and work hard on the pitch. They did work very hard, I'm grateful for that. However, it wasn't enough in the end.

"We deemed that it wasn't safe enough to continue the match.

"Everybody will be disappointed. However, we make the decision with only players' interests at heart and that is determining their safety. For us, the pitch was unsafe."

St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour was disappointed that the match could not continue.

"In my opinion we've played football in a lot worse than this," he said.

Ross County manager Derek Adams felt Collum "definitely made the right decision".

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 22 Naismith Booked
  • 18 Kelly
  • 06 Goodwin
  • 14 McAusland
  • 04 McGregor
  • 24 Newton
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan (Reilly - 89' )
  • 07 McGinn Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Cornell
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair
  • 08 Harkins
  • 16 Caprice
  • 17 Reilly
  • 27 Grainger

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 22 Saunders Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Micic
  • 08 Brittain
  • 05 Boyd
  • 21 McLean
  • 07 Sproule Dismissed
  • 04 Kettlewell Booked (Carey - 59' )
  • 19 Luckassen (Ross - 82' )
  • 11 De Leeuw (Gordon - 74' )
  • 10 Quinn Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Kovacevic
  • 03 Gordon
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 17 Ross
  • 18 Klok
  • 20 Fraser
  • 23 Carey
Ref: William Collum
Att: 4,205

Match Stats

Shots

20 3

On target

9 1

Corners

13 4

Fouls

15 20

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +2:26

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

90:00 +1:15

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:46

Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:54

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

88:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Paul McGowan.

88:23 Booking

Booking Jason Naismith (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

88:17

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

88:17

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:36

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Kevin Luckassen.

81:05

Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

77:50

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.

77:38

Attempt saved. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:00

Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

75:44

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:44

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Ben Gordon replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

73:37 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Steve Saunders (Ross County).

73:27

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:27

Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).

72:01

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

72:01

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:44

Attempt saved. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

70:54 Booking

Booking Steve Saunders (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

70:45

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:45

Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).

70:26

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

70:26

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:16 Dismissal

Dismissal Ivan Sproule (Ross County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

68:09

Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:09

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).

67:16

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Ross County 1. Steve Saunders (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Graham Carey with a cross.

65:46

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by James Goodwin.

64:46

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

63:38

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

63:38

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:19

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

62:31

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

61:56

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

61:56

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:16

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

61:00

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:07

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

59:44

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

58:56 Booking

Booking John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

58:48

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

58:48

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Stuart Kettlewell.

57:48

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by John McGinn.

55:52

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steve Saunders.

55:05

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:05

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

54:47

Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.

54:28

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

53:51

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:51

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).

51:04

Hand ball by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

50:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Ross County 0. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Thompson.

46:50 Booking

Booking Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

46:41

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:41

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 1, Ross County 0.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 1, Ross County 0.

44:22

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:22

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

44:01

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

43:41

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Brian McLean.

42:22

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left.

37:48

Darren McGregor (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:48

Foul by Branislav Micic (Ross County).

35:06

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

35:06

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Ross County 0. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul McGowan.

33:03

Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).

33:03

Steve Saunders (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:29 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

29:26

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

28:45

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

28:11

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

28:11

Ivan Sproule (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:10

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

27:10

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:54

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

25:54

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:34

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:34

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

24:36

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

22:52

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

22:30

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

22:12

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:12

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

21:54

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

21:21

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:21

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).

20:52

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

19:27

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:14

Foul by Conor Newton (St Mirren).

17:14

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:47

Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:47

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

13:14

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:14

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

11:00

Hand ball by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

7:14

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

6:00

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

6:00

Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:31

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:31

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

4:17

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

4:17

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:01

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:01

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

2:34

Attempt blocked. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

1:09

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

1:09

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:32

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:32

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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