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Ross County 0-3 Inverness CT

Inverness continued their bid to reach the top three of the Premiership with a comfortable win away to Ross County in Dingwall.

David Raven's close-range shot opened the scoring early on after good work by Aaron Doran.

Billy McKay doubled the lead five minutes from the interval with a left-footed strike.

The third arrived on the break when Ross Draper fed Marley Watkins, who rolled the ball into the corner.

Defeat drops Ross County below Partick Thistle into tenth place on goal difference, while Inverness sit three behind Motherwell and with a game in hand.

County looked a shadow of the side that beat their local rivals on New Year's Day and fell behind in the opening stages.

Aaron Doran outpaced Brian McLean on the left and, when Evangelos Ikonomou attempted to clear his cross at the back post, Raven forced the ball over the line.

At the other end, Richie Brittain's free-kick resulted in an aerial battle in the box before McLean nodded wide of Dean Brill's right-hand post.

County had claims for a penalty turned down when Jordan Slew's shot inside the box appeared to be handled by Gary Warren but referee Calum Murray was having none of it.

Full-back Graeme Shinnie charged forward for Inverness and sent an angled drive just past the post.

County were enjoying their fair share of pressure without doing too much with it and they were caught out again before half-time.

Shinnie won the ball off Slew, drove forward and squared for McKay, who swept into the corner from 12 yards.

Inverness were going all out for a third and Doran had a shot charged down by Yann Songo'o in front of goal.

Arquin and Slew combined on the edge of the area in the opening minute of the second half but Slew lost his balance at the vital moment.

County had a great chance to pull one back when Michael Tidser got on the end of a Cooper cross but his point-blank shot was parried by Brill.

The home side continued to push forward and Filip Kiss tried his luck from 25 yards but his effort flew narrowly past the upright.

But it was all over as a contest when Draper slipped the ball through for substitute Watkins to coolly drill the ball into the far corner.


Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 26OikonomouSubstituted forCareyat 55'minutes
  • 7Kiss
  • 28Songo'o
  • 21McLean
  • 8BrittainSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 67'minutes
  • 12Tidser
  • 25Slew
  • 27Arquin
  • 16Cooper


  • 3Gordon
  • 5Boyd
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 15Glen
  • 23Carey
  • 42McCarthy

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 43mins
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 4Vincent
  • 16Tansey
  • 7MckaySubstituted forWatkinsat 76'minutes
  • 9ForanSubstituted forRossat 87'minutes
  • 10DoranSubstituted forTremarcoat 86'minutes


  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 21Pepper
Calum Murray

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamInverness CT
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Richie Foran.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Carl Tremarco replaces Aaron Doran.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

  10. Post update

    Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Billy McKay.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

As It Stood

4Inverness CT25135733211244
5Dundee Utd26118746311541
6St Johnstone26105113430435
9Partick Thistle27510122844-1625
10Ross County2774163249-1725
11St Mirren2766152544-1924
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