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Inverness CT 2-0 Ross County

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at Caledonian Stadium

Inverness CT move back into the top six with first-half goals from Miles Storey and Greg Tansey downing Ross County in the 50th Highland derby.

The opener came from a corner when James Vincent's shot was diverted beyond Scott Fox by Storey.

Tansey's floated free-kick doubled the hosts' advantage just before half-time.

Fox denied Storey superbly when he tipped a fierce drive on to the bar as John Hughes' side stretched their unbeaten run to five games.

The question most people considered pre-match was how County would cope without stricken striker Liam Boyce, who was ruled out with a hand injury.

Alex Schalk came in and was soon joined in attack by Brian Graham, after Craig Curran also succumbed to injury.

That duo's lack of match action seemed to take its toll on their ability to be cutting in the final third.

It was highly competitive in the early stages with the visitors giving the impression that they would take the initiative, Rocco Quinn blasting an effort over.

The two full-backs then combined when Jamie Reckord found Richard Foster racing towards the box, but his drive flew narrowly wide.

It was the home side who provided the first decisive act when a corner was cleared to Vincent. He struck from the edge of the box with Storey alert enough to deflect in his eighth goal of the season.

The visitors began to hem Inverness in a little and an equaliser almost arrived when Andrew Davies headed a corner powerfully towards goal. But Owain Fon Williams was in the right place to save.

County manager Jim McIntyre's half-time team talk might have changed significantly after Tansey doubled the lead immediately before the break.

He looked to curl a free-kick from the angle of the box into a dangerous area and the flight of the ball was perfect, finding the far corner after a number of bodies tried in vain to connect.

It was the midfielder's seventh goal of the season, and his third set-piece strike in two matches.

As County tried to find a route through a stout defence, Storey almost put the result beyond doubt with a lovely effort which Fox superbly tipped on to the bar.

County responded and David Raven had to react to clear near the goal-line before Martin Woods tested Fon Williams from close range.

Some bizarre defending gave Reckord a late opportunity but he completely lacked composure and thumped the ball high and wide.

The home side might have extended their lead when Liam Polworth and Iain Vigurs both had opportunities.

But Inverness looked comfortable for the most part and suggested they're capable of a positive second half of the season given recent form.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenBooked at 79mins
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 15WedderburnBooked at 33minsSubstituted forVigursat 53'minutes
  • 20Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 4VincentSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 89'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 11Roberts
  • 19Williams
  • 27Vigurs
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 12Foster
  • 5BoydBooked at 54mins
  • 15Davies
  • 3Reckord
  • 4QuinnSubstituted forFranksat 57'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 7Gardyne
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forDe Vitaat 66'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forGrahamat 18'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fraser
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 21Woods
  • 24De Vita
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
5,388

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jonathan Franks.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces James Vincent.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

  8. Post update

    Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Reckord (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ross Draper.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Carl Tremarco because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  16. Post update

    Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

  18. Post update

    Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    David Raven (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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