11 September 2004 – Ross County 1 – 0

On this day in 2004 Saints made the long trip to Dingwall to meet  Ross County in a League Division 1 fixture.

New Manager, John Connolly, had brought together a completely new squad of players and understandably early results were somewhat mixed, with 4 defeats in the first 5 matches followed by 2 wins and a draw in the more recent games going into this match.

The team that day was : – Allan McGregor, Steven Anderson, Kevin Fotheringham, David Hannah, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Ian Maxwell, Ryan McCann, Paul Sheerin, Stephen McConalogue, Michael Moore, Lee Hardy.

Subs: – Kevin Cuthbert, Alan Mahood, Chris Hay, Mark Baxter, Stevie McManus.

There were a reported 160 fans in the crowd of 2,486 at Victoria Park and were pleased with the continued improvement in Saints performances.

On a windy day Saints goalscorer was David Hannah from the penalty spot on 31 minutes.

Stephen McConalogue had a chance to put Saints two ahead just before the interval but his shot was well saved by the Staggies keeper.

In what was a bit of a tousy match the home team were reduced to 10 men in the second half when Gary McSwegan saw red following a tangle with Kevin Fotheringham.

After this Saints appear to have toiled against the 10 men but held on for a welcome 3 points.

Noteworthy is that Allan McGregor was on loan from Rangers and is now a full Scottish International.

Steven Anderson is, of course, still at the club and to date has made 239 appearances plus 28 subs and scored 5 goals.

Kevin Rutkiewicz was plagued with injuries but still made 133 starts plus 12 subs and scored 10 goals.

Paul Sheerin went on to make 204 starts plus 27 sub appearances, scoring 37 goals, and is now successfully Managing at Arbroath.


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