Partick Thistle draw with Ross County, while Dundee United win play-off
Last Updated: 04/05/18 10:18pm
The Scottish Premiership's bottom two, Partick Thistle and Ross County, remain deep in the relegation mire following a 1-1 draw at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.
Jags attacker Chris Erskine volleyed in a Kris Doolan cross after 22 minutes, but against the run of play, Staggies striker Billy Mckay levelled three minutes before the break for the league's basement club.
However, with no more goals in the second half County remain two points adrift of Thistle with only two fixtures remaining.
Fellow relegation battlers Dundee and Hamilton, both three points ahead of the Maryhill men in the relegation play-off spot, meet at Dens Park on Saturday as the battle for survival comes to the boil.
Thistle started the night with conviction and striker Conor Sammon had the ball in the net within minutes, but long after referee Kevin Clancy's whistle had sounded for a foul on County captain Marcus Fraser.
The Jags were more aggressive and purposeful and their lead was deserved. Dingwall defender Harry Souttar missed the flight of a long ball, leaving Doolan to race down the left and cross for the unmarked Erskine to hammer the ball past goalkeeper Scott Fox from eight yards out.
However, to their frustration, they found themselves pegged back when, after the Thistle rearguard failed to clear another Gardyne free-kick from the right, Fontaine hooked the ball back into the Thistle box and Mckay pounced to slam the ball past Cerny from close range.
Elsewhere, Sam Stanton scored the winner as Dundee United came from behind to secure a 2-1 Scottish Premiership play-off victory over Dunfermline.
United's promotion hopes were hanging by a thread at half-time after Declan McManus and Nicky Clark failed to convert great chances to add to the former's opening goal of the tie.
But United came to life after Scott McDonald's 57th-minute equaliser and Stanton waltzed through the visiting defence to book a place in the semi-finals against Livingston.
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