Scottish Premiership
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By Roddie McVakeBBC Scotland

Ross County secured their Premiership safety after Richard Brittain's penalty gave the Dingwall side victory over Hibernian.

The midfielder crashed the ball beyond Ben Williams after Jordan Slew had been brought down by Scott Robertson.

County had the best chances with Yoann Arquin and Jordan Slew going close.

The Dingwall men now cannot finish in the relegation play-off spot but Hibs, who face Kilmarnock at home on Saturday, remain in danger.

And with Killie and Partick Thistle playing on Wednesday evening, Hibs may go into the final weekend in the dreaded 11th place.

County started in nervy fashion and were guilty of a string of slack passes as the visitors dominated possession.

Jason Cummings had the first sight of goal after a fine through-ball from Danny Handling, but the Hibs hitman's effort from just inside the box was well saved by Mark Brown.

That was the only flurry of excitement in the final third in the opening exchanges, but the home side finally threatened after 20 minutes.

Yann Songo'o holds off Danny Handling
Songo'o holds off Handling in the first half in Dingwall

A corner kick was flicked on by Yann Songo'o but, after it fell to the feet of Arquin, Liam Craig slid in to block his effort.

County almost hit the front when Brittain's free-kick from the right was superbly headed on by Arquin, only for the ball to bounce back off the post.

That sparked a response from Hibs and Craig had a glorious chance to open the scoring from a corner, but he could not direct his six-yard header on target.

The hosts had the first chance of the second half when Filip Kiss fed Melvin de Leeuw down the left and he hung up a delightful back-post delivery for Brittain, whose header was well saved by Ben Williams.

Rocco Quinn came on for Stuart Kettlewell before the hour as Staggies boss Derek Adams signalled his intent to push for the opener.

And a few minutes later County got it from the penalty spot.

De Leeuw and Arquin linked up superbly down the left and when the ball was fired into the centre, Slew was downed by Robertson.

Brittain took the responsibility and made no mistake, drilling the ball into the corner of the net with Williams well beaten.

Slew then had the chance to double the hosts' lead but after some great work to get himself free in the box he was unable to beat Williams.

James Collins came on for Handling as Hibs stepped up their bid for a leveller, but it was County who looked the more dangerous.

Slew then fired a left-foot effort over the bar after bursting into the box following a fine through-ball from Alex Cooper.

Hibs almost made County pay for that miss but Cummings nodded just wide of target.

The visitors applied some late pressure and Collins went close with a header, but they could not muster an equaliser and their Premiership fate will now be determined when Kilmarnock visit Easter Road.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 5Boyd
  • 11De LeeuwBooked at 53minsSubstituted forCooperat 64'minutes
  • 3Gordon
  • 28Songo'o
  • 8Brittain
  • 4KettlewellSubstituted forQuinnat 57'minutes
  • 25SlewSubstituted forCareyat 89'minutes
  • 27ArquinBooked at 90mins
  • 7Kiss

Substitutes

  • 10Quinn
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Cooper
  • 20Fraser
  • 21McLean
  • 23Carey
  • 26Oikonomou

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 18Maybury
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10Craig
  • 3McGivern
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forCollinsat 72'minutes
  • 7HarrisSubstituted forWatmoreat 64'minutes
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 63mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forHaynesat 84'minutes
  • 26Stanton
  • 23Forster

Substitutes

  • 6McPake
  • 11Cairney
  • 14Collins
  • 17Tudur-Jones
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Watmore
  • 33Haynes
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,850

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

  6. Post update

    Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Yoann Arquin (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Jordan Slew.

  9. Post update

    Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Haynes replaces Jason Cummings.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Cooper (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Daniel Handling.