Queen of the South 2 Ross County 3

Last updated : 26 November 2005 By Footymad Previewer

Ross County kept up their chase behind St Mirren in the promotion stakes with this 3-2 win over Queen of the South - but it took two late goals to do it.

Caretaker boss Gardner Spiers had to admit: "We stole the points. They had 75 per cent of the play and I thought we were down and out until these two late goals."

He had seen his team take the lead after just six minutes when a defensive blunder saw David Winters nip in to touch the ball away from keeper Collin Scott and then just simply touch it home.

But the County side were level three minutes later when Eric Paton crossed for John O' Neill to slip the ball home.

The home side then took the lead four minutes after the break when Paul Burns back-heeled the ball to striker Derek Lyle, and he cracked it into the top corner of the net.

County manager Spiers pushed on two substitutes but to no avail as Queens continued to rule, and it was only a fingertip save by keeper Stuart Garden that prevented O Neill adding to Queens' lead.

Then six minutes from time another blunder by the Queens defence allowed substitute Garry McSwegan to score from 10 yards, and three minutes later John Rankin lashed home a 25-yarder.

Queens manager Ian McCall admitted: "It was sickening. We seemed to have the points tied up and had out played County for most of the match."