Published: 09/11/2017 06:58 - Updated: 09/11/2017 07:10

Ross County and Maggie's Highland are derby winners


Ross County's Billy Mckay is challenged by ICT's Collin Seedorf.
Ross County's Billy Mckay is challenged by ICT's Collin Seedorf.
ROSS County got the better of derby rivals Caley Thistle with a 3-2 victory in last night's charity encounter in Dingwall.

This special match between the Highland rivals was agreed with all the proceeds from the £5 entry going to Maggie's Highland.

George Oakley fired the Caley Jags in front after quarter of an hour, but County captain Andrew Davies swiftly levelled.

On-loan Celtic midfielder Jamie Lindsay put County in front soon after that with a cool finish and ensure the Staggies went in at the break with their noses in front.

ICT drew level on the hour mark when Doran's deflected effort flew past McCarey, but Mikkelsen quickly edged the Dingwall men in front once more.

It was a chance for the Premiership hosts and their Championship visitors to give some game time to those who needed it the most, while ensuring some cash went to a great local cause, which cares for people with cancer and their loved ones.

That meant there were starts for the likes of Alex Schalk and Billy Mckay for County and Zac Elbouzedi and Doran for ICT.

The opening spell had plenty of effort from the sides without there being a clear opening as if they were testing the water.

And it was the Caley Jags who marched in front on 15 minutes when, from an Alex Cooper corner, forward Oakley was on hand to drive the ball beyond Aaron McCarey into the net.

However, that was cancelled out two minutes later when home skipper Davies prodded home a rebound after a Schalk shot was cleared off the goal-line by Riccardo Calder.

The goals kept coming and this time Lindsay lashed a low shot past Ryan Esson into the net after being picked out by Schalk on 22 minutes.

Mckay should have put County 3-1 up when he latched on to a wonderful through ball from Schalk and his net-bound shot was diverted for a corner by Gary Warren.

Esson pulled off a fine stop when he dived to deny Mikkelsen from close range and Doran drew a save from McCarey in the best chances after that as County went in at the break with the advantage.

On the hour mark, Doran, who is known for scoring in derbies, levelled the scores with a deflected drive just moments after Calder's shot was saved by Esson.

However, there was barely little time to celebrate that and the visitors were behind again as Collin Seedorf lost the ball on the edge of the box and Mikkelsen supplied the high finish beyond Esson to make it 3-2.

A range of substitutions peppered throughout the remainder of the second half, but there was no further scoring as County took the honours in this charity contest in front of what appeared to be a decent crowd at the Global Energy Stadium.

Caley Thistle will hope they can nail promotion back to the Premiership to make these fixtures part of the Scottish football calendar once more.

Ross County: McCarey, Fraser, Routis, Dow, Schalk, Davies, Lindsay, Mikkelsen, Mckay, Tumilty, Malcolm. Subs: Munro (GK), Naismith, Gardyne, Curran, Dykes, Draper, Dingwall, O'Brien, Keillor-Dunn, Morrison, Dingwall.

Caley Thistle: Esson, Stark, Calder, Seedorf, Warren, Trafford, Elbouzedi, Nick Ross (trialist), Oakley, Doran, Cooper. Subs: Cameron Mackay (GK), Daniel Mackay, Brown, Harper, Fyffe, MacGregor, Macrae.

Referee: Ben Dempster.

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