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MATCH REPORT ROSS COUNTY 2-1 HIBERNIAN

The Staggies claimed a vital 3 points after a 2-1 win over Hibernian at the Global Energy Stadium. Trailing 1-0 at half time, two second half goals ensured the 3 points stayed in Dingwall and now leaves the Staggies in 7th place.

 

Ross County started the brighter and had a great opening after only 2 minutes. Brian Graham flicked a long ball in to the path Ross Stewart on the right but his cut back was narrowly behind the on-rushing Harry Paton who would have had a free hit at goal.

 

The visitors would create a good opening on 20 minutes through former Staggie Jason Naismith. He let fly towards goal but seen his effort come off the cross bar as the visitors looked to take an early lead.

 

With half an hour on the clock, Brian Graham had the best chance to that point in the match. He was found in great space with only Maxwell in the Hibernian goal to beat but the visiting goalkeeper managed to get a finger-tip to the ball and prevent it heading for the back of the net.

 

Moments later the visitors would take the lead. A Scott Allan freekick from the right was met by Christian Doidge at the back post and his header beat Nathan Baxter to put Hibernian in to a lead 10 minutes before the break.

 

The Staggies started the second half brightly and Michael Gardyne almost found himself testing Maxwell in the Hibernian goal. A corner was cleared to Gardyne on the edge of the box and his volley at the first attempt flew in to a crowd of bodies being cleared in the process.

 

Just after the hour Ross Stewart pulled the Staggies level. Josh Mullin sent a high searching cross in to the box and Maxwell tried to punch the ball to safety, however his clearance only found the head of Ross Stewart who nodded the ball in to the back of the net.

 

10 minutes later Stewart and County would double their tally. From the left a ball in to the box took a deflection and Stewart darted towards the ball and with great force scored his second header of the match across Maxwell and in to the bottom right hand corner of the net.

 

Substitute Lee Erwin had a brilliant opportunity to extend the Staggies lead with only moments remaining. He drove off on the right and cut inside before dispatching a great effort destined for the top left hand corner of the net. Maxwell pulled out a great save to deny Erwin and keep Jack Ross’ side in with a chance of getting a draw.

 

Hibernian Substitute Stephen Mallan almost drew the visitor’s level. He let fly from range and as his shot looked like it was going in to the top corner, Nathan Baxter pulled out a top drawer save to deny the visitors a point.

 

As the match ended it sees the Staggies claim a vital win and 3 points before we welcome Kilmarnock to the Global Energy Stadium on 14th December.

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