Football - Well fall down at County

Ross County stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with a dominant 3-0 victory against Motherwell at Global Energy Stadium.

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After a slow start County went on to dominate the match with Ivan Sproule scoring his firth goal in as many starts to give the hosts the lead 11 minutes from the break.

Richard Brittain and Iain Vigurs struck after half-time to complete a fine second-half display from the home side.

Well had the opening chance of the match in the second minute when the visitors won the first corner. Nicky Law's delivery fell nicely for Michael Higdon but his shot from eight yards was cleared off the line by Vigurs.

However, the hosts poured on the pressure and it paid off in the 34th minute when Rocco Quinn knocked the ball on for Sproule, who squeezed the ball past Darren Randolph from a tight angle for his fifth goal in as many starts.

The visitors exerted pressure on the County goal early in the second half without creating any clear-cut openings. However, it was the home side who almost doubled their lead six minutes after the interval when Sproule just failed to put the finishing touches to a fast-flowing move involving Brittain, Sam Morrow and Paul Lawson.

County were turning on the style and Sproule was almost in again a couple of minutes later after Vigurs threaded the ball through.

James McFadden was brought into the action in the 63rd minute when he replaced Stewart Carswell. The fans' favourite got a chance to shine within a couple of minutes when the visitors were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position but he blasted his effort into the wall.

County were doing most of the pressing now and they deservedly doubled their lead in the 71st minute when Morrow won the ball back in the middle of the park and when it broke to Sproule, he squared for Brittain who picked his spot from 15 yards.

The home side's dominance was complete when Vigurs volleyed home a Quinn cut back in the last minute.

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