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ROSS COUNTY V DUNDEE MATCH THREAD
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Dundee travel to Dingwall on Saturday to open their 2016/17 Ladbrokes Premiership campaign against Ross County and here we round up everything you need to know ahead of the match.

Match Info
FIXTURE: Ross County v Dundee FC
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
KICK OFF: 3.00pm
VENUE: Global Energy Stadium

Opposition Info
FORMED:        1929
STADIUM: Global Energy Stadium
CAPACITY: 6,541
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Jim McIntyre
CHAIRMAN: Roy McGregor
NICKNAME: The Staggies
MASCOT: Rosco The Stag
CLUB COLOURS: Dark blue and white
HONOURS: Scottish League Cup winners 2015/16
Scottish League First Division winners 2011/12
Scottish League Second Division winners 2007/08
Scottish League Third Division winners 1998/99
Scottish League Challenge Cup winners 2006/07, 2010/11
Highland Football League winners 1966/67, 1990/91, 1991/92
RECORD WIN: 11-0 v St Cuthbert Wanderers 1933 Scottish Cup 1st Round
WEBSITE: www.rosscountyfootballclub.co.uk

Getting to the Ground
The Global Energy Stadium is well signposted once you reach Dingwall. The full address including the postcode for Sat-Nav is The Global Energy Stadium, Victoria Park, Dingwall IV15 9QZ.

The Global Energy Stadium is located only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of town and less than 500 metres from the Train Station. If using service buses to get to the match then the stop located on Hill Street (beside the Royal Hotel) is the closest to the ground and included on most of the main routes to and from the town and is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the ground.

There is ample free and well signposted car parking in Dingwall Town Centre, whilst there is also car parking available for both home and away fans at the ground on matchdays at a cost of £3. Please note that the standard matchday traffic arrangements implemented by the Council Traffic Wardens and Police Scotland mean that access to the Stadium by car is not possible in the final 30 minutes before kick-off at any game.

Head to Head v Ross County
LEAGUE:        Won 10, Draw 12, Loss 13
SCOTTISH CUP:    Won 1, Draw 1, Loss 0
LEAGUE CUP:    Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1
CHALLENGE CUP:    Won 0, Draw 0, Loss 1
TOTALS:        Won 11, Draw 11, Loss 13

Last Five Dundee v Ross County Matches
2/4/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 5-2 | 5,095 | Stewart (2), Hemmings, Loy, Wighton
26/12/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 5-2 | 3,687 | Hemmings (2)
26/9/2015 | Home | Premiership | Draw 3-3 | 5,128 | Stewart, Loy (2)
28/2/2015 | Away | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 3,413
4/1/2015 | Home | Premiership | Draw 1-1 | 5,017 | McAlister

Season So Far
League Cup holders Ross County failed to qualify from their 2016 Betfred Cup section after two wins, a draw and a defeat. County opened their season with a 1-0 win at Montrose thanks to an 86th minute penalty from Brian Graham and in the next match at home to Raith Rovers another late Graham penalty could only rescue a point against the Championship side.

In the third match however The Staggies crashed 3-2 at Alloa despite being 2-1 ahead and coupled with other results in their section, it was enough to knock them out of the competition. Their final group game was an impressive 7-0 home win over Highland League side Cove Rangers which saw County finish third in their group behind Alloa and Raith.

Ross County finished sixth last season and manager Jim McIntyre appears to have targeted his back line for improvement for the new campaign, with four of his five signings being defenders and the other a goalkeeper, but the sale of Jackson Irvine to Burton Albion means midfield reinforcements are also required.
In: Jay McEveley, defender (Sheffield United); Christopher Routis, defender (Bradford City); Kenny van der Weg, defender (Breda); Aaron McCarey,goalkeeper (Wolverhampton Wanderers); Erik Cikos, defender (Slovan Bratislava).
Out: Jackson Irvine, midfielder (Burton Albion);Rocco Quinn, midfielder (St Mirren); Stewart Murdoch, midfielder (Dundee United); Raffaele De Vita, midfielder; Peter Tait, goalkeeper; Darren Moffat, midfielder. Loan ended: Gary Woods, goalkeeper (Leyton Orient). Loan: Kyle MacLeod, forward (Elgin City).

Top Scorers
ROSS COUNTY:    Graham 6, Schalk 3, Curran 2
DUNDEE:        Stewart 6, Hemmings 3, Duffy, Extabeguren, Loy, McGowan, O’Dea, Teijsse 1

Last Meeting
Dundee kept their top six hopes alive against Ross County after a thrilling 5-2 win at Dens Park on April 2nd in the last home game before the split. Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings sent the Dee off to a flying start before Andrew Davies pulled a goal back for the Staggies. Late in the first half Rory Loy added to Dundee’s lead before Alex Schalk brought County back into the game on the stroke of half time. The result was still in doubt well into the second half, but late goals by substitute Craig Wighton and Greg Stewart confirmed the Dee’s superiority on a day when the supporters were richly entertained.

Dundee FC 3-4-1-2
Mitchell
, Konrad, Etxabeguren (Meggatt 72), O’Dea, 
Kerr, McGowan ©, Ross, Holt
, Stewart (Curran 94)
, Loy (Wighton 79), Hemmings
Unused subs: Gourlay (gk), Arturo, Colquhoun, Waddell.

Goals: Stewart (6, 92), Hemmings (8), Loy (37), Wighton (85)

Booked: Konrad (foul on Boyce), Holt (foul on Franks)

Ross County 4-4-1-1
Gary Woods
, Fraser, Quinn, Davies, Foster (Murdoch 43), 
Franks (Dingwall 76), Martin Woods, McShane, Gardyne
, Schalk (Graham 69)
, Boyce
Unused subs: Fox (gk), Robertson, Goodwillie, De Vita.

Goals: Davies (14), Schalk (44)

Booked: Davies (foul on Loy), Foster (foul on Stewart), Martin Woods (foul on Kerr)

Referee: Andrew Dallas. Assistants: Alasdair Ross, Ralph Gordon. Fourth official: Steven McLean.

Attendance: 5,095 (217 County supporters)

Match Officials
REFEREE:            Bobby Madden
ASSISTANT REFEREE:    Graham Chambers
ASSISTANT REFEREE:    Anthony Cooper
FOURTH OFFICIAL:    Craig Napier

Matchday Programme
Ross County’s match programme is produced by our programme partners Curtis Sports and will be available in and around the Global Energy Stadium priced £2. If you can’t make the match, the programme is available to pre order and buy online on the Curtis Sport website http://www.curtis-sport.com

Ticketing Information
Fans are reminded that for this match you need to buy a ticket at the ticket booth at the Global Energy Stadium before entering the ground. A large away support is expected and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as they arrive in Dingwall.
Prices are:-
Adults £20
Concessions £10 (Over 65s or Under-18 )
Please note that concessions may be required to show proof of age/status at any time on request and failure to do so may result in being refused entry to the Stadium.

How To Watch
The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

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Ross County 1 Vs 3 Dundee
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Dundee got the Premiership season off to a flying start with an excellent 3-1 win against Ross County in Dingwall. Rory Loy set the Dark Blues on their way with two first half goals, the second from the penalty spot. Paul McGowan put the Dee further ahead after half time only for Craig Curran to pull a quick goal back. However, Dundee put in a solid, professional performance to close the game out to the delight of the noisy and enthusiastic travelling support.

The Dark Blues made two changes from last Saturday. Mark O’Hara and Rory Loy started in place of Yordi Teijsse, who was on the bench, and Greg Stewart, who was injured in training. New signing Faissal El Bakhtaoui was named as a substitute. Like Dundee County also ran up a 7-0 win in the Betfred Cup last week and their only change was Scott Fox replacing Aaron McCarey in goal.

The game took a while to get going as both sides slugged it out in midfield without troubling the defences greatly. County were first to threaten when Jay McEveley broke down the left and crossed. Brian Graham miskicked and recovered to scoop the ball beyond Scott Bain, only for Darren O’Dea to clear.

Dundee responded by taking control in midfield and putting the home defence under pressure. The opening goal arrived after 13 minutes, beautifully crafted by two of the new boys. Danny Williams clipped a clever ball over the County defence allowing Mark O’Hara to run through on the right and hit a dangerous low cross into the goalmouth, where Rory LOY scored with a crisp, close range volley.

The Dark Blues played with increased confidence after the goal, pressing the Staggies effectively in midfield and looking capable of extending their lead. Loy went close to a second goal when he drilled an 18 yard shot narrowly wide after good approach play by O’Hara and McGowan.

Late in the first half Dundee put serious pressure on County with a series of corners. The Dark Blues movement at set pieces had been posing problems, and Jay McEvely gave away a penalty when he hauled Mark O’Hara down at the far post as Michael Duffy’s corner came in. Rory LOY scored confidently from the spot, as the large Dee support behind that goal celebrated.

Dundee almost added a quick, killer third goal. Mark O’Hara’s run from midfield took him past two defenders and through with only Scott Fox to beat. After doing the hard part so well sadly he couldn’t finish and just missed the outside of the post with his shot.

The Dark Blues started the second half well, looking for a decisive thrid goal. Danny Williams combined neatly with Cammy Kerr before dribbling his way along the byline but Rory Loy couldn’t get a shot away when the cross came in.

County started to push Dundee back, and launched a series of high balls into the penalty area. The Dundee defence held firm, dealing confidently with the aerial assault.

Just after the hour the Dark Blues grabbed the crucial third goal with a ruthless goal on the break. The Staggies lost possession deep in the Dundee half and the Dark Blues raced up the field. Loy swept the ball out to the right allowing Duffy to race clear and roll a pass infield for Paul McGOWAN to take a touch and shoot under Scott Fox.

Scott Bain pulled off the save of the match to touch Michael Gardyne’s curling effort round the post, but the Staggies scored from the resulting corner. The ball broke to substitute Craig CURRAN, 16 yards out and his deflected shot flew past Bain.

In the remaining 25 minutes County put Dundee under sustained pressure, but failed to create clear chances. Dundee looked more composed in possession, and when they had the ball looked more dangerous. Faissal El Bakhtaoui replaced Danny Williams for the last 20 minutes, then Nick Ross came on for Michael Duffy to help the Dee see out the match.

Mark O’Hara had a very impressive league debut and he set up a late chance by forcing his way through two tackles on the right. James Vincent then found Rory Loy, whose curling 18 yard shot was saved by Fox.

Dundee opened the league campaign last year with a spectacular 4-0 win at Kilmarnock. This win had none of the fireworks that the Dark Blues served up that day, but it was an excellent, professional performance at a very difficult venue where Dundee have struggled in recent seasons. The Dark Blues were tight, hard-working and effective all over the park and took their chances well. The defence acquitted themselves well under some fierce late pressure, and the midfield was more incisive than the hosts, with Rory Loy taking the chance to show what he can do, both as a scorer and linking with the midfield.

Many supporters might have been nervous looking at the line-up, with Kane Hemmings having been sold and Greg Stewart unavailable. However, today’s team served notice that there is plenty of quality throughout the squad  and fully deserved their hard fought win.

Ross County 3-4-1-2

Fox
Quinn, Davies, McEveley
Gardyne, Routis, Woods (McShane 26), van der Weg (Franks 37)
Schalk, Graham (Curran 64)

Unused subs: McCarey (gk), Foster, Cikos, T Dingwall.

Booked: Quinn (foul on Loy), McEveley (foul on O’Hara), Routis (foul on Loy)f.

Dundee FC 4-2-3-1

Bain
Kerr, Etxabeguren, O’Dea ©, Holt
Vincent, McGowan
Williams (El Bakhtaoui 72), O’Hara, Duffy (Ross 80)
Loy

Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Teijsse, Gadzhalov, Curran, Wighton.

Goals: Loy (13, 41 pen), McGowan (61)

Booked: Williams (foul on Gardyne), McGowan (foul on Schalk)

Attendance: 3,669 (840 Dees)

Referee: Bobby Madden. Assistants: Graham Chambers, Anthony Cooper. Fourth official: Craig Napier.

Report: James Christie

 
  




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