The last meeting between these two teams was a sterile 0-0 draw. This was everything but sterile. Four goals, some of the highest quality, one sending off and bags of goalmouth action made for a highly entertaining 2-2 draw.
The first half belonged to Thistle but it was the home side that led at the interval thanks to Michael Gardyne’s 40th minute strike from the edge of the box that went in off the inside of the post.
County were enjoying a rare period on top in the early stages of the second half when they were reduced to ten men in the 57th minute. Martin Scott, who had been lucky not to have been booked in the first half, picking up two yellow cards inside 9 minutes.
When sub Jim Hamilton set up other sub Chris Erskine to tie the scores in the 62nd minute the game looked to be turning Thistle’s way.
It was Ross County though that would score the game’s next goal when Paul Lawson sent a magnificent shot past Tuffey and into the net.
This time Thistle were level inside 3 minutes when Liam Buchanan collected the ball inside the box before firing powerfully past McGovern in the County goal.
There was little doubt that Thistle were looking to win this match in the closing stages and plenty of men were pushed forward in the search of what proved to be an elusive winning goal.