Ross County rounded off their Pre-season preparations with a 2-0 home win over Carlisle United this afternoon at the Global Energy Stadium. 2nd half goals from Simon Power and Iain Vigurs were enough to secure the win with a large proportion of the squad getting game time.
The 1st half was fairly honours even, with both teams having efforts on goal. Josh Mullin saw an early cross pushed out to Ross Draper on the edge of the box but the midfielder could only fire over the bar.
Mullin then had an attempt on goal himself shortly after. He picked up the ball on the right and drove towards goal. His quick paced effort firing just wide of the Carlisle far post. The visitors main chance came midway through the half. Bridge gathered the ball 25 yards from goal and unleashed a drive, his effort was well held by Ruddy who had to get to ground to stop it.
Half time saw 8 changes for the Staggies with Power, McKay, Graham, Van Der Weg, Gardyne, Paton, Vigurs and Morris replacing Watson, Sean Kelly, Spittal, Armstrong, Stewart, Mullin, Draper and Chalmers.
The first goal came shortly after the break. Brian Graham had a shot pushed away by the keeper it deflected off the defender and landed in the path of Simon Power who was able to knock the ball in from close range.
With 20 minutes to go County had the ball in the net again but it wouldn’t count. Michael Gardyne was taken down 30 yards out however Paton played on and knocked the ball home on the half volley, only for referee MacLean to pull play back for the earlier foul.
Only 3 minutes later it would be 2-0. Power set off on a run on the right as he drove inwards he was taken out on the edge of the box leaving MacLean with one of the easiest decisions of the day. From the resulting freekick Vigurs hammered the ball towards goal and just watched as it made its way past the crowd of defenders and beyond the goalkeeper via a sleek touch by Billy McKay who is now credited with the final touch sending it beyond the keeper.
In the final minutes of play County, who had used all of their subs were forced to play with 10 men after Simon Power pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury. The midfielder stretched for an overhead ball and quickly pulled back on feeling the stretch.
The final whistle drew great applause from the home support and set the team up perfectly for next weeks league opener at home to Hamilton Accies.