MX23RW : Thursday, August 13 01:47:26| >> :600:7043639:7043639:
Apr 19, 2019 at 7.05pm UK at Somerset Park (Ayr)
Attendance: 1,692
AyrAyr United
Ross County
Miller (12')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Graham (42', 46', 71')

Result: Brian Graham hat-trick puts Ross County on brink of promotion

The Staggies need a point from their last two games to clinch the Championship title.

Brian Graham scored a timely hat-trick as Ross County all but secured their promotion to the Ladbrokes Premiership with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory at Ayr.

The Staggies' nine-point lead over second-placed Dundee United, who only have three games remaining, and huge goal-difference advantage means they are now highly unlikely to be usurped from top spot.

Graham missed an early chance from a corner before play-off hopefuls Ayr took the lead in the 11th minute, Calvin Miller scoring at the back post from a Nicky Cadden cross.

Ross Doohan tipped a Graham header over the bar as the Staggies fought back and, four minutes before the break, the latter smashed home from nine yards by connecting with a fine pass from Josh Mullin.

Imposing frontman Graham picked up where he left off as soon as the second half began, his header from close range giving Ross County the lead.

In the 71st minute the ex-Dundee United striker completed his treble, also boosting the Staggies 20 clear of his former club in the goal-difference column, after Michael Gardyne whipped in a cross.

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Press Association Sport staff');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '6782db64-86aa-474c-b91f-5d698a85f7da');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:match-reports');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + + location.hash), 'title': 'Graham treble has Ross County on the brink'});

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
McCall satisfied with a point despite letting two-goal lead slip
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!