Ross County 2 - 0 Falkirk: County hit the top

Declan McManus. Pic: Michael Gillen
Declan McManus. Pic: Michael Gillen
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These are early days for Ross County in Scotland’s second tier, but the signs were promising as they leapt to the Championship summit. They were simply a class above troubled Falkirk.

Jamie Lindsay’s breakthrough opener was deserved after a previously dominant 68 minutes for County, before fellow substitute Declan McManus applied the decisive touch late on.

“It was a game we fully deserved to win,” County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell said.

It never looked like being Falkirk’s day as County pinned them back and mustered chance after chance. The dam broke, finally, when the impressive Michael Gardyne’s strike was parried by Leo Fasan and substitute Thomas Robson nicked the ball away from striker Brian Graham. County’s Jamie Lindsay, only seconds on the field, raced in to drive home the finish from seven yards.

The Staggies had a second ruled off-side for Graham, but sealed it from the big striker’s lay-off for McManus to sweep in.