St Mirren --- Ross County: Match Report
St Mirren --- Ross County: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Rain stops play in Paisley
Ross County experienced a second abandoned match in nine days as a waterlogged pitch halted their Scottish Premiership fixture at St Mirren Park six minutes into the second half.
The home side were two goals up against their Dingwall opponents when referee Willie Collum decided the game could not continue.
The St Mirren ground staff tried for half an hour to make the pitch playable, but with heavy rain continuing to pour down in Paisley, Collum had no option but to call the game off.
For Ross County, it was another match they could not finish, following the Highland derby against Inverness last month which was called off after 45 minutes as a result of a power failure at Victoria Park.
St Mirren boss Danny Lennon could feel hard done by, after his side had marched into a comfortable lead following strikes by Paul McGowan and Steven Thompson.
But from the off, the game looked unlikely to go the distance. With rain lashing down, the slippery surface was making sudden changes of direction a tricky task.
McGowan's nimble footwork seven minutes in made light of the conditions as he jinked one way and another as he slipped past Scott Boyd before firing off the face of the County crossbar.
The visitors were lively too in the opening moments as Kevin Luckassen slotted just wide from Ivan Sproule's cut-back, while the Dutchman did well to turn Lee Mair before firing straight at Marian Kello - St Mirren's new Slovakian goalkeeper making his home debut - from a second shooting opportunity.
County were forced into an early change as Melvin De Leeuw limped off after 22 minutes but that signalled the return of skipper Richie Brittain to action.
His arrival could not prevent Saints' opener.
Pools of water were beginning to form on the pitch as the heavy downpours persisted and it was the unfortunate Ben Gordon who was caught splashing about. Jim Goodwin flighted a free-kick to the back post but the County full-back let Mair's knock-down get trapped between his feet and McGowan nicked in to pinch the ball before prodding home.
A second goal arrived seven minutes later and it was all down to the precision of John McGinn's passing.
The 19-year-old collected the ball wide on the left and his through-ball all but cut the Staggies defence in two as it found Thompson running in behind. The former Scotland striker steadied himself with a touch and then beat Mark Brown with a low shot.
The forks were out at half-time but the continuing showers soon had the ball holding up on the sodden pitch.
It was becoming farcical but St Mirren were not laughing as they were forced to defend a free-kick on the edge of their own box after Mair got in a tangle with Sproule.
The conditions were working against both sides as Rocco Quinn's pass to Mihael Kovacevic refused to roll all the way and Kenny McLean pounced on it to play in McGinn, who saw his shot saved by Mark Brown.
That proved to be enough for Collum though as with 51 minutes on the clock he decided the situation was no longer safe and pulled the teams off the pitch.
The official did return after ground staff spent 30 minutes tending to the surface, but with no let-up in the rain the decision was taken to call the match off.
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