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St Mirren Park (ATT 3,802) 19th January 2013 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: Euan Norris

St Mirren St Mirren vs Ross County Ross Co

St Mirren 1

S Thompson (50)

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Ross Co 4

R Brittain (22)
S Morrow (67)
I Sproule (71, 74)

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Ivan Sproule scored twice as Ross County romped to a 4-1 win at St Mirren in the SPL

Last Updated: 19/01/13 3:22pm

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Ivan Sproule: Scored twice on his debut after move from Hibernian

Ivan Sproule: Scored twice on his debut after move from Hibernian

Ivan Sproule scored twice on his debut as Ross County moved 12 points clear of danger in the SPL with a 4-1 win at St Mirren.

Richard Brittain fired the visitors ahead with an excellent 25-yard free-kick and the Highland side passed up numerous opportunities to extend their advantage during the first half.

St Mirren were rewarded for a bright start to the second half when Steven Thompson rocketed a shot past Mark Brown from just inside the area, but it was to be the highlight of the afternoon for Danny Lennon's side.

Sam Morrow took advantage on a horrific defensive error by David Barron to restore County's lead and Ivan Sproule marked his debut with a goal four minutes later.

Sproule capped off an excellent display when he tapped home a fourth and a miserable day for St Mirren was completed when Lewis Guy's penalty was saved by Brown in injury time.

Craig Samson had earlier made a fine save for the hosts, diving full stretch to keep out Iain Vigurs' free-kick, while Gary Teale forced Brown into a good stop just before their late penalty as St Mirren looked for a consolation.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 17 38
2 Dundee United 17 34
3 Aberdeen 17 34
4 Hamilton Academical 17 33
5 Inverness CT 17 32
6 St Johnstone 17 26
7 Dundee 17 21
8 Kilmarnock 17 21
9 Partick Thistle 17 20
10 Motherwell 17 14
11 Ross County 17 9
12 St Mirren 17 8