Kayne Ramsay was the late savior for Ross County as his stoppage time equalizer secured a 1-1 draw with Livingston.
Alan Forrest put Livingston ahead early in the second half, choosing the bottom corner in the 50th minute, before Ayo Obileye missed a penalty five minutes from time that could have sealed the visitors’ victory .
It was not to be for them, however, as the Staggies extended their strong form at home, which now sees them with just one loss in eight thanks to Ramsay’s late intervention.
It had been a turbulent time for both teams going into the match, and perhaps it showed without either team really taking the initiative in a snowy first half at Dingwall .
Max Stryjek was almost embarrassed by his own player at one point, however, when Nicky Devlin played a terrible back pass that beat his own keeper but also went over the mark. It was the kind of game that needed a goal to come to life, the question was just who would be able to make the breakthrough – and that was the visitors.
Scott Pittman crossed the lines to bring Livi in the final third, before giving it to Forrest who was given a few yards of space to approach the box, and that was all he needed to wrap it up. his effort in front of Ross Laidlaw and in the bottom corner.
From there, Livingston set about making life difficult for his hosts going forward, and they were still able to pose a threat on the counterattack.
Joel Nouble was wide-shifted in a reshuffle by boss David Martindale, and down the left flank he produced a moment of magic to seemingly set Forrest up for a second, only for Harry Paton to make a crucial clearance from his own goal line.
The visitors continued to have the better chances as time ticked away, with Laidlaw called into action to make a save from Bruce Anderson with his feet.
They had the perfect opportunity to seal the points when Regan Charles-Cook packed James Penrice in his own box.
Obileye stepped up after scoring from the spot to knock the Staggies out of the Scottish Cup a few weeks ago, but this time he sent his effort over the bar.
It came back to bite Livingston, as County claimed an equalizer in stoppage time.
Blair Spittal hooked a high ball in the middle of the penalty area, and Ramsay rose the highest to nod past Stryjek and into the net to save a point for the home side.
What the managers said
David Martindale, manager of Livingston: “Players come and go to Livingston, and it’s my job to bring them in and train them.”
“Alan put in a shift and scored his goal, and that’s all you can really ask of your attacking players because it was a tough game of football in tough conditions.
“We have to try to put things in perspective. It was a reversal of roles because I think we stole two points the last time we were here.”
Ross County Executive Malky Mackay: “It was a big point for us tonight. I thought the first half was tight and tucked away in terrible conditions. I was watching the Jail End without being able to see the ball.
“I thought we had good territory in the first half and tried to keep the ball, but in the second half we got a bit far away.
“We need everyone to be on it, and a few weren’t, which allowed them to come forward.
“Once they scored, they’re not an easy team to play against, but I brought in a few to freshen it up and luckily it worked out in the end.”
It’s the fifth round of the Scottish Cup this weekend with Livingston at Hearts. Ross County have already left the cup, their next match will be at Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on February 19.