Ross County 3 Celtic 2: Staggies stagger leaders after hitting back from two down

By Gavin Mccafferty, Press Association

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Steffen Wohlfarth netted a winner deep into injury-time as Ross County completed an incredible comeback from two goals down against Celtic.

The German beat Kelvin Wilson and Fraser Forster to a long ball to head into the net as the hosts stunned Celtic and consolidated their status as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League's form team of 2013.

It's there: Celtic's Gary Hooper nets his side's second

It's there: Celtic's Gary Hooper nets his side's second

Match facts

ROSS COUNTY: Fraser, Kovacevic, Ikonomou, Boyd, Munro, Lawson, Kettlewell, Scott, Vigurs, Quinn (Hainault 85), Morrow (Wohlfarth 75). Subs not used: McCarthy, Glen, Cooper, Ross, Porritt.

Goals: Munro 30, Morrow 36, Wohlfarth 90

CELTIC: Forster, Ambrose, Wilson, Gershon (Commons 64), McGeouch (Rogne 67), Ledley, Kayal, Mulgrew, Stokes (Watt 78), Miku, Hooper. Subs not used: Zaluska, Nouioui, Rogic, McCourt.

Goals: Mulgrew 15, Hooper 21

Booked: Kayal, Miku

Referee:  W Collum

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The win looked highly unlikely on 21 minutes after Charlie Mulgrew had scored direct from a corner and Gary Hooper chipped home as goalkeeper Michael Fraser endured a nightmare six minutes. But County also scored twice in six minutes.

A stunning volley from Grant Munro and Sam Morrow's close-range finish got them level before the break.

And they emulated their 2010 Scottish Cup win over the Hoops when German substitute Wohlfarth netted his first County goal.

County have not lost since a 4-0 defeat at Celtic Park on December 22, taking 27 points from their subsequent 11 matches - two more than Celtic have claimed in 12 games.

Efe Ambrose and Rami Gershon came into a three-man Celtic defence as Neil Lennon made five changes following the Champions League defeat by Juventus.

Proper Charlie: Mulgrew receives the plaudits after putting Celtic into an early lead

Proper Charlie: Mulgrew receives the plaudits after putting Celtic into an early lead

Dylan McGeouch, Miku and Anthony Stokes also came in after Victor Wanyama, Adam Matthews, Georgios Samaras and Emilio Izaguirre picked up injuries in Turin, while Kris Commons dropped to the bench.

County were without the in-form Ivan Sproule and suspended captain Richard Brittain while Fraser continued to deputise for the injured Mark Brown.

Conditions were far from ideal with a sandy, bumpy pitch and an icy, strong wind above but the visitors adapted well initially.

Ambrose's long ball reached Hooper thanks to some hesitant defending but Fraser stood up to push the striker's shot wide.

It's a laugh: Mulgrew celebrates
Rising star: Celtic's Efe Ambrose beats Sam Morrow in the air

Rising star: Mulgrew's happy after his goal (left) and Efe Ambrose beats Sam Morrow in the air

On the slide: Ross County's Rocco Quinn gets a foot in to challenge Dylan McGeough

On the slide: Ross County's Rocco Quinn gets a foot in to challenge Dylan McGeough

Armchair ride: Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell gets a lift from Beram Kayal

Armchair ride: Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell gets a lift from Beram Kayal

The resulting corner was cleared but Mulgrew got another chance to deliver and he made the most of it as he swerved the ball past Fraser into the top corner.

Fraser saved well from Miku after the Venezuelan had played a one-two with Hooper but he was soon beaten again by a soft goal. McGeouch laid the ball back for Hooper 18 yards and the Englishman chipped the ball towards the far post with Fraser again only able to help it into the net as he was caught off his line.

The Celtic fans had been singing incessantly from before the first whistle and their afternoon looked like being one long party, but County had other ideas.

Rocco Quinn made two good runs forward and got a shot away at the second attempt, but the angle gave Fraser Forster a comfortable save.

All square: Sam Morrow pokes the ball home to make it 2-2

All square: Sam Morrow pokes the ball home to make it 2-2

The comeback started in the 30th minute with a spectacular first-time effort from Munro.

Celtic initially cleared an Iain Vigurs free-kick but Mihael Kovacevic returned a high ball into box. Kelvin Wilson won the aerial challenge but his header fell for Munro and the big defender unleashed a stunning left-footed strike into the top corner past a helpless Forster. County were level six minutes later.

Vigurs nutmegged Mulgrew on the right wing and skipped round Joe Ledley before hanging a cross to the far post which held up in the wind.

Morrow and McGeouch challenged for the ball and the County forward reacted quickest to force the ball home from close range.

On target: Grant Munro celebrates after beginning the fightback

On target: Grant Munro celebrates after beginning the fightback

 

Stokes should have put Celtic back in front with the last kick of the half but he drilled wide from 15 yards after Miku had found him unmarked.

Vigurs curled a free-kick not far wide before the second half settled into an early rhythm of County defending but breaking dangerously.

The hosts had a let-off after Beram Kayal played Hooper through. Fraser palmed out the striker's shot and it bounced off the head of Kovacevic and off the top of the bar.

But Ambrose had a bigger escape after making a mess of his header back to Forster following Quinn's deep cross.

The Nigerian set up Martin Scott but the County midfielder snatched at his chance and hit it straight at Forster.

Celtic were finding it difficult to break County down and their fans were much quieter as Kovacevic, Stuart Kettlewell and Munro all hit ambitious efforts wide as County gained the ascendancy.

Wohlfarth had a great chance with 10 minutes left when Paul Lawson played the ball through.

The German got there before Forster but guided the ball just wide.

Hooper turned and shot just past but that was a rare foray forward for Celtic and the hosts snatched a famous win when Wohlfarth reached a long ball by Evangelos Ikonomou to head past the onrushing Forster.

 


 

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Saw the goals to this game. Ross County could have won 5-2. But the funniest part are the efforts of Celtic keeper Fraser Fumbler. Watching him at Ross's second and third goal shows his 'quality' LOL. Hilarious. The man is comedy gold.

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WHY DO CELTIC SUPPORTERS ONLY WANT THE CATHOLIC RELIGION IN BRITTAIN?WHY ARE THEY STILL TRYING TO SUPPRESS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - El lobo, Wish aw, United Kingdom, 10/3/2013 15:09------------It's a pity you can't spell the name of the country you live in properly. And as for catholics trying to suppress religious freedom - no we aren't. Government equality law on the other hand......

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once again, the celtic supporters complaining of songs sung to celebrate battles that won religious freedom for everybody in britain, why do these celtic supporters object to these religious freedoms, WHY DO CELTIC SUPPORTERS ONLY WANT THE CATHOLIC RELIGION IN BRITTAIN?WHY ARE THEY STILL TRYING TO SUPPRESS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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Rigger047 - Your the biggest idiot on here with your constant drivel so you've got a cheek to try to bring anybody down. You make the haggis scoffer seem like an intelligent amoeba.

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"Rangers" died last year. These Sevco fans are crazy.

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@AndyB.#most of his hate filled bile is against glasgow rangers# How on earth are any of my posts hate filled? Again, you are guilty of copying and pasting from dubious websites that give a step by step guide in answering to fans who don't go along with the party line. Instead of offering a counter arguement, you descend into using rhetoric that, basically, backs up my claims. The fact is, AndyB, you have no arguement, so, like bullies often do, you try to drown out anybody who disagrees with you. If I am wrong, and you still think by posts contain 'hate filled bile' please point it out to me.

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It looks like Tony has that job of Paisley's tame village idiot stitched up for life.

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Do you think I enjoy spending my time responding to stupid and idiotic posts on here? My only concern is Celtic FC. But, until such times as the truth is finally accepted, I will continue to tell people of how it really is. What is going on in Scotland would do Joseph Goebbels.... as soon as the truth about RangersFC(IL) and SevcoFC is accepted. Is that ok with you? - Tony, Paisley, 10/3/2013 9:11-----------What a cracking post! Absolute drivel, but cracking all the same. You're not obliged to answer any posts on here Tony, why do you feel that way? Who do you think you are serving by doing so? Please don't try to dress yourself up as some latter day sage 'cos sorry pal, you ain't! Here's a wee truth for you though Tony, Sevco FC have not, do not and never will exist.

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my only concern is celtic fc hahahaha . is this guy for real ? most of his hate filled bile is against glasgow rangers

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Give it a rest with the past history greens/blues. Sad fact is that SPL is dead without teams able to offer decent challenge to Celtic, week in, week out. Personally I don't have any preference which teams, just somebody!!!

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