Scottish Premiership
Ross CountyRoss County1Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle3

Ross County 1-3 Inverness CT

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Inverness CT 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jamie Reckord.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Jervis (Ross County).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ibra Sekajja replaces Billy McKay.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Ryan Christie.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

  20. Post update

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