Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019

Late County comeback breaks Nomads hearts in IRN-BRU Cup

Three goals in last fifteen minutes win it for Staggies

Three goals in the final fifteen minutes saw Ross County beat Connah's Quay Nomads 3-1 to lift the IRN-BRU Cup at the Caledonian Stadium in Inverness.

Nomads took a first half lead through Michael Bakare, and should have been further in front at the break, but had to withstand copious County pressure in the second half until the breakthrough was made.

The game got off to an even start in the first twenty minutes. County looked dangerous with their build up play, the Nomads relying a lot on the long ball and Andy Owens’ long throws to target the Staggies’ defence.

The visitors grew in confidence though after fifteen or so, and it was a long ball that saw the breakthrough, County failing to deal with a John Danby knock, and it fell to Michael Bakare who took it to the edge of the box and rifled one into the top corner.

Nomads should have been two up minutes later. A corner was knocked on towards Horan, and the centre-back fired over from eight yards

Wilde then headed a free kick just wide, before Owens was gifted the ball in the County box after a mistake from Ross Munro, but the keeper recovered to save the striker’s effort.

County had a spell of pressure towards the end of the half, but struggled to test John Danby in the Nomads goal, while in stoppage time at the end of the half Bakare swung a corner onto the bar for the Nomads.

County started the second half strong, and somehow failed to go level when Ross Stewart hit the post from yards out after Danby failed to collect a cross and it fell to the striker.

The Staggies went close again moments later when several of their players beat the offside trap from a well worked free-kick. Keith Watson failed to get a clean header in though, and Danby cleared.

County kept the pressure on, Declan McManus forcing Danby into a smart save, before a quick free kick saw Brian Graham find space in the box, the forward firing over from ten yards.

Stewart went close again for County, his header again calling Danby into action, the keeper tipping it over for a corner.

Nomads had withstood an onslaught for the first twenty minutes after the break, but they were eventually breached with fifteen minutes to play, sub Josh Mullin latching onto a lovely through ball to slide the ball between the legs of Danby and in from the angle.

That turned the game. Four minutes later Mullin struck again, lashing home from the edge of the box after Stewart held the ball up and teed the sub up nicely.

Nomads tried to respond, but the exertion of having kept County at bay for so long caught up with them, and Jamie Lindsay’s curler from just inside the box with four to go sealed the trophy for County.

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