Irvine scores, breaks nose, plays on

Fringe Socceroo Jackson Irvine scored for Ross County overnight and showed his grit by playing to the final whistle with a broken nose.

Irvine helped County to a 2-1 win over Motherwell to send the Staggies fourth in the Scottish Premiership.

The 22-year-old was a late inclusion to the starting eleven after a warm-up injury to Martin Woods and fired County into the lead on 20 minutes after unleashing on a deep corner.

Manager Jim McIntyre praised the Aussie post-match.

"Jacko is a good player," McIntyre told the Herald Scotland.

"Like any player, form goes up and down. Some of these boys are still learning the game and sometimes it's beneficial to dip them in and out, and let them regain their form.

"He's in there with a broken nose just now but he showed his desire to get back on for the last 30 seconds because he knew Motherwell were putting us under pressure."

Irvine's third goal of the season in all competitions handed the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead over fellow Aussie Scott McDonald's Motherwell, while Brian Graham added a second in the 69th minute. Stephen Pearson's effort with four minutes left was scant consolation for the hosts.

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Interesting that you should publish a story on 'Aussie Grit' on the weekend where you have the story about Tommy Oar packing it in because it is 'just too hard to settle'. Obviously Irvine is made of sterner stuff!