County extend unbeaten run

Sat, 01 Sep 17:25:55 2012

Ross County and Kilmarnock settled for a point apiece in an entertaining goalless draw at Global Energy Stadium.

The result stretched County's unbeaten run of league matches to 39 with another solid display against a battling Killie outfit. There was little in the way of clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes with both defences on top and a draw was probably a fair result.

County's best chance of the game fell to Marc Fitzpatrick in the first half but his goalbound effort was booted off the line by Killie defender James Fowler. The visitors should have take the lead after the break when Rory McKenzie was through on goal but County goalkeeper Michael Fraser blocked with his feet.

County had the first real opening in the 10th minute when Ross Tokely headed down an Iain Vigurs corner and Alex Cooper, making his first league start, nodded the loose ball over the crossbar from eight yards.

Play swung from end to end but it was the home side who created the next best chance when Rocco Quinn whipped in an inviting cross in the 27th minute which Colin McMenamin just failed to make contact with right in front of goal.

The home side enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure in the last few minutes of the first half. The nearest they came to opening the scoring was when Fowler was forced to boot the ball off the line after a Vigurs corner was missed by Letheren but Fitzpatrick failed to make the right connection on his shot from the edge of the six-yard box.

Killie came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and Danny Racchi crossed for Kelly, whose shot was deflected wide of target. County then won a free-kick on the edge of the 18-yard box but after Vigurs' effort was blocked Quinn fired a dipping shot over the bar.

The visitors were enjoying a lot of possession and they had shouts for a free-kick on the edge of the area turned down after Boyd appeared to trip McKenzie - but referee John Beaton saw nothing amiss.

Killie came close to breaking the deadlock in the 55th minute when a Racchi free-kick brushed the side netting. County threatened a couple of minutes later when McMenamin ghosted in at the back post to head a Brittain free kick into the side netting.

There were chances at either end as the game opened up. Vigurs just failed to reach an inswinging ball from Quinn at the far post, and Fraser saved with his legs at the other end of the park.

 

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