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Ross County 0-2 Hibernian

By Jim SpenceBBC Scotland at Victoria Park
Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Kilmarnock
Both Malonga goals came from Stevenson crosses

Dominique Malonga's first-half brace set Hibernian on their way to victory against Premiership strugglers Ross County in the Scottish League Cup.

The Championship side moved into the lead when the striker nodded home Liam Craig's cross from the left.

And Malonga doubled the lead with a similar finish, this time Lewis Stevenson providing the delivery.

The visitors had to see out the match with 10 men after Dylan McGeouch was dismissed a challenge on Joe Cardle.

The last time these two sides met County won to avoid relegation and sent Hibs further towards their eventual demotion.

And neither side went into the match in good form with the Dingwall men languishing at the bottom of the top flight with no points from seven matches and the visitors from Leith struggling in the bottom half of the Championship.

County fired into gear early with Rocco Quinn and Melvin De Leeuw both having fierce shots deflected wide in the opening five minutes.

Malonga then cracked a drive over the County crossbar before Graham Carey whipped a low shot narrowly past at the other end.

Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch is sent off against Ross County
McGeouch's late red card did not affect the eventual outcome

Jordan Forster's header was cleared off the line but team-mate Malonga made no mistake when he edged Hibs into the lead from 10 yards on 22 minutes.

And Malonga was given ample room to repeated that feat soon after to give Jim McIntyre's side a mountain to climb.

Hibs almost moved further ahead when Jason Cummings hit the post early in the second half with a sharp side-foot volley.

Yoann Arquin threatened for County with a low shot but goalkeeper Mark Oxley maintained Hibs' lead with a good stop using his legs.

Home substitute Liam Boyce connected with a header from Michael Gardyne's pin-point cross midway through the second half but it nicked just wide of Hibs goal.

There was a glimmer of hope for the hosts when Hibs lost McGeouch to a straight red card for a heavy tackle on Cardle and County continued to drive forward.

However, the depleted visitors were resolute in defence and maintained a threat in attack.

Scott Allan forced a fine save from Mark Brown in stoppage time but two goals proved to be enough for Alan Stubbs' men.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre: "I thought we started the game really well. We had a real go at Hibs but what we are not doing at the moment is putting the final touch to it.

"When you are not defending at the other end it is a recipe for not wining football matches.

"We had numerous crosses into the box, we had lots of attacking play but we need to be getting across their defenders and get the final touch when the opportunity presents itself.

"But until we stop gifting goals, like on Saturday and again tonight, you are going to struggle to win football matches."

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs: "We scored two great goals and had other chances to score, we could have put the game to bed earlier.

"We tried a new system and you could see the players adapting to that at times. But to come away from home and beat a Premiership team is a great achievement. Hopefully, this is the turning point that can kick-start us.

"I thought that was the best we have defended since I've been here, we defended like our lives depended on it and it has to be like that every week."


Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Brown
  • 19FenlonSubstituted forBrittainat 41'minutes
  • 18Frempah
  • 2Dreesen
  • 23CareyBooked at 79mins
  • 7Cardle
  • 36Irvine
  • 10KissSubstituted forBoyceat 58'minutes
  • 4Quinn
  • 11De LeeuwSubstituted forGardyneat 53'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 15Arquin


  • 1Reguero
  • 8Brittain
  • 9Jervis
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 20Balk
  • 40Gardyne


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 6Forster
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 2Gray
  • 10Craig
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Robertson
  • 23McGeouchBooked at 83mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forAllanat 83'minutes
  • 24MalongaSubstituted forHeffernanat 86'minutes


  • 7Harris
  • 14Heffernan
  • 18Sinclair
  • 20Allan
  • 22Booth
  • 30Kennedy
  • 31Perntreou
Stephen Finnie

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  6. Post update

    Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Heffernan replaces Dominique Malonga.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by David Gray.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Allan replaces Jason Cummings.

  11. Dismissal

    Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Joe Cardle (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

  15. Post update

    Alex Harris (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.