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.

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.

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Interview - Referee Willie Collum

"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".

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22NaismithBooked at 89mins
  • 18Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 24Newton
  • 11McLean
  • 9Thompson
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forReillyat 89'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 16Caprice
  • 17Reilly
  • 27Grainger

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 22SaundersBooked at 74mins
  • 6Micic
  • 8Brittain
  • 5Boyd
  • 21McLean
  • 7SprouleBooked at 69mins
  • 4KettlewellBooked at 47minsSubstituted forCareyat 59'minutes
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forRossat 82'minutes
  • 11De LeeuwSubstituted forGordonat 74'minutes
  • 10QuinnBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Gordon
  • 14Maatsen
  • 17Ross
  • 18Klok
  • 20Fraser
  • 23Carey
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,205

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St Mirren 2, Ross County 1.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.
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.
Attempt saved. John McGinn (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces Paul McGowan.

Booking

Jason Naismith (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).
Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Kevin Luckassen.
Attempt missed. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark Brown.
Attempt saved. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Sean Kelly (St Mirren) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

Substitution

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Kenny McLean (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).
Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. James Goodwin (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Steve Saunders (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.
John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Saunders (Ross County).
Foul by Jason Naismith (St Mirren).
Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Ivan Sproule (Ross County) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Marc McAusland (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by James Goodwin.
Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).
Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Sean Kelly.
Foul by James Goodwin (St Mirren).
Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Branislav Micic.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

Booking

John McGinn (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).
Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Stuart Kettlewell.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by John McGinn.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Steve Saunders.
Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).
Attempt missed. Jason Naismith (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.
Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).
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