Ross County eased their play-off fears as they leapfrogged St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership table.

Yoann Arquin passed up a host of first-half chances, but did head the Dingwall men into a deserved half-time lead.

John McGinn hauled the Saints back on level terms with a curling ball into the top corner in the second half.

Both managers were sent to the dugout as tempers frayed before Melvin De Leeuw won the points with a late left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

With Partick Thistle also picking up three points, the result leaves St Mirren languishing in second bottom as their poor form stretches to five league games without a win.

Gregg Wylde was first to try his luck with a sharp break down the left hand side, but Mark Brown was equal to his effort before Kenny McLean fired a long dipping shot from distance which the goalkeeper had to tip over the bar.

In between the Saints chances, Brian McLean passed up a golden opportunity, heading straight at Marian Kello from eight yards out.

The home side slowly took control of the game, and they could have been ahead following two great chances in a minute.

First Arquin found Yann Songo'o at the back post, but the Cameroonian defender headed the ball into the ground with the goal gaping. Then Jordan Slew raced down the right hand side, and although his shot was blocked it almost looped over the goalkeeper and in, before landing on the roof of the net.

Derek Adams was left incensed on the half-hour mark when Filip Kiss appeared to be elbowed by Jim Goodwin. The Ross County manager had questioned why the St Mirren captain had managed to avoid a red card in November's clash between the two clubs, and with Kiss receiving extensive treatment he was furious again.

There was no let-up in pace with Graham Carey and Kenny McLean both dragging efforts wide at both ends, but eventually the goal had to come and Arquin duly obliged when Michael Tidser picked him out in the box and he headed home.

The French striker could have made it 2-0 minutes later when Songo'o found him in space on the six yard line, but his first touch was a horrible one and he couldn't get control of the ball quick enough.

Danny Lennon's men were fortunate not to be 2-0 down early into the second-half. Once more the chance fell to Arquin and he was left with a tap-in when Kello's save from Slew spun straight to him, but his effort was weak.

With the score remaining at just 1-0 the danger was always that St Mirren would punish the home side's impotency in front of goal, and they did just that when Wylde's corner was only cleared as far as the edge of the box. McGinn latched onto it, moved the ball to his right boot, and curled it into the top corner.

Adams and Lennon had to be pulled apart on the touchline, and referee Willie Collum sent both men to the stand after Goodwin and De Leeuw clashed heads. The Ross County manager was adamant Goodwin was the man to blame and vented his fury only to be confronted by the St Mirren boss.

De Leeuw picked himself up from his head-knock to give Ross County a late winner, finishing Arquin's low inviting ball.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Cikos
  • 26 Oikonomou
  • 12 Tidser (De Leeuw - 75' )
  • 28 Songo'o
  • 21 McLean
  • 08 Brittain
  • 07 Kiss
  • 25 Slew (Quinn - 86' )
  • 27 Arquin
  • 23 Carey Booked (Cooper - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Gordon
  • 05 Boyd
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 15 Glen
  • 16 Cooper
  • 42 McCarthy

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 24 Newton
  • 18 Kelly
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba (McGowan - 45' )
  • 06 Goodwin (McAusland - 85' )
  • 04 McGregor
  • 07 McGinn
  • 11 McLean
  • 09 Thompson
  • 16 Magennis
  • 39 Wylde

Substitutes

  • 10 McGowan
  • 12 Campbell
  • 14 McAusland
  • 17 Reilly
  • 22 Naismith
  • 30 Dilo
  • 49 Morgan
Ref: William Collum
Att: 3,394

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

11 4

Corners

6 7

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +4:18 Full time

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

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

89:43

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

89:17

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:17

Foul by Sean Kelly (St Mirren).

88:24

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

88:24

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

87:31

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Jordan Slew.

85:11

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left.

84:51

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Brian McLean.

84:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Marc McAusland replaces James Goodwin because of an injury.

82:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 2, St Mirren 1. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yoann Arquin.

80:52

Attempt missed. Erik Cikos (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:31

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:31

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

80:04

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

79:59

Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).

77:10

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

76:50

Attempt blocked. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:38

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

75:38

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

74:59

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by James Goodwin.

74:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Michael Tidser.

73:31

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

73:31

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

71:50

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:50

Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).

70:00

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

69:57

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

65:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, St Mirren 1. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

64:47

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

64:12

Foul by Brian McLean (Ross County).

64:12

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

63:32

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:32

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

60:14

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Filip Kiss.

58:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Graham Carey.

50:47

Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:47

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

49:22

Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:58

Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

47:24

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

47:24

Conor Newton (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 1, St Mirren 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Paul McGowan replaces Eric Djemba-Djemba.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

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

43:52

Attempt saved. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

43:23

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:23

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

42:42

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

41:00

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

41:00

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:18

Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, St Mirren 0. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Tidser.

37:28

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

36:34

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

36:02 Booking

Booking Graham Carey (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

36:00

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

35:47

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

35:00

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:56

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

34:24

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

32:11

Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:45

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

22:25

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

22:25

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

21:29

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Marián Kello.

21:17

Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

20:48

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:48

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

20:00

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:58

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

19:39

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Ross County) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

18:51

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Conor Newton.

16:55

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

16:55

Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:32

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

12:39

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.

12:23

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

10:20

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:20

Foul by Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren).

8:52

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

8:02

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

8:02

Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:33

Attempt saved. Brian McLean (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

5:44

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:44

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

5:24

Attempt saved. Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

2:43

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

2:43

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

2:00

Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:31

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:31

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

1:11

Foul by Eric Djemba-Djemba (St Mirren).

1:11

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

0:52

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Brian McLean.

0:16

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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