Scottish Premiership
Ross County1Inverness CT3

Ross County 1-3 Inverness CT

Aaron Doran's double helped Inverness Caledonian Thistle to victory in the Highland derby against Ross County.

The visitors dominated the majority of the match and perhaps should also have had a penalty when Billy McKay was held in the box by Jamie Reckord.

County rarely threatened but did score from Jackson Irvine's header.

However, McKay's close-range finish allowed John Hughes' side to coast to the win which keeps them in touch with the leading pack.

Winger Doran broke the deadlock with a superb drilled effort low past Antonio Reguero after fine build-up play from Marley Watkins.

Earlier, McKay was denied what appeared a stonewall penalty after his touch allowed him to outfox Reckord, only for the defender to manhandle the striker and prevent him getting a shot away.

Jackson Irvine gave the Staggies hope by halving Caley Thistle's 2-0 lead
Jackson Irvine gave the Staggies hope by halving Caley Thistle's 2-0 lead

The visitors would not be denied, though, and Doran struck again with a deflected effort which entirely wrong-footed the frustrated Reguero.

County offered very little as an attacking force but immediately pulled themselves back into the match.

Irvine hit the inside of the post but won a corner from which he stooped to power a header past Dean Brill.

It seemed a comeback was on, but Inverness quickly re-asserted their authority.

Gary Warren headed a free-kick back across goal and McKay stole in to knock home.

That ended the game as a contest and earned a thoroughly deserved three points for Inverness CT.

County will require a big improvement if they are to remain in the Scottish Premiership.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 6Saunders
  • 5Boyd
  • 43QuinnBooked at 56mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 10KissBooked at 62mins
  • 8BrittainSubstituted forJervisat 54'minutes
  • 26Woods
  • 31DunfieldSubstituted forIrvineat 42'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 23CareyBooked at 74mins
  • 15ArquinBooked at 22minsSubstituted forBoyceat 33'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 36Irvine

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2RavenBooked at 25mins
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 18Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 3Shinnie
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 72minsSubstituted forVincentat 81'minutes
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRossat 86'minutes
  • 10Doran
  • 7MckaySubstituted forSekajjaat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 4Vincent
  • 11Ross
  • 13Sekajja
  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,887

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home19
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Jervis (Ross County).

Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ibra Sekajja replaces Billy McKay.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. James Vincent replaces Marley Watkins.

Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Attempt blocked. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jake Jervis (Ross County).

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Antonio Reguero.

Attempt saved. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Steven Saunders.

Booking

Graham Carey (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Warren.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen19131529171240
2Celtic18123334122239
3Dundee Utd19121637241337
4Hamilton19113535191636
5Inverness CT1911262720735
6St Johnstone199281720-329
7Kilmarnock198382023-327
8Dundee195682531-621
9Partick Thistle185582321220
10Motherwell1952121332-1917
11St Mirren1932141534-1911
12Ross County1924131840-2210
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