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Ross County 1-1 Hibernian

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Highlights: Ross County 1-1 Hibernian

Oli Shaw snatched a late point for Hibernian against a dogged Ross County side, who move a point clear of bottom spot in the Premiership.

Billy Mckay showed great persistence and composure to net the 28th-minute opener against the run of play.

The visitors' supremacy continued after the break, and they squandered a spree of chances before replacement Shaw's 90th-minute strike.

Darren McGregor almost won it for Hibs with the final act of the game.

The Hibs captain headed just wide from a corner, as his team extended their unbeaten Premiership run to nine matches.

The draw moves County a point ahead of bottom side Partick Thistle, who lost at home to Kilmarnock.

The visitors started strongly with Florian Kamberi seeing a header deflected wide and Efe Ambrose's inventive curling shot held by Scott Fox.

The drive, determination and commitment of the County players limited Hibs to few clear-cut chances even if it meant stifling their own creativity at times.

Ross Draper tackles John McGinn
John McGinn and Ross Draper enjoyed an abrasive tussle in midfield

In fact they only really carved out one opportunity of their own in the opening period, but they certainly made the most of it.

Alex Schalk, who scored a hat-trick against Partick Thistle on Tuesday, did well to dig out a cross from the left, and striker partner Mckay gathered possession, shifted it onto his right foot, and drilled low beyond Ofir Marciano.

Paul Hanlon, who signed a new Hibs contract to 2022 this week, ought to have levelled before the break with a diving header, but sent his effort bouncing over the crossbar.

Easter Road boss Neil Lennon cut a frustrated figure in the technical area at that start of the second half as once again his side controlled possession, but could not convert the chances they created.

McGregor met a 47th-minute Scott Allan delivery, but his route to goal was blocked by a posse of County defenders.

Jamie Maclaren flashed a header wide, Fox denied Kamberi, and replacement Steven Whittaker's ambitious overhead kick sailed over the bar.

On a rare foray downfield, Schalk did flash an excellent left-foot volley across the face of goal from an acute angle.

Oli Shaw scores for Hibs
Oli Shaw struck in the final minute of normal time to earn a point for Hibernian

Hibs perhaps feared it wasn't going to be their day but substitutes Danny Swanson and Shaw came to the rescue.

The former's incisive through-ball found Martin Boyle, who touched it into the path of Shaw, and the teenage striker fired home first-time to bag his fifth of the season.

Ross County interim co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "We rode our luck at times today and Hibs are full of quality in all areas of the pitch and we understood that.

"We felt as if our players were really disciplined within our shape, we made it really difficult for them to create clear-cut chances.

"We're massively disappointed we concede the goal but we can't ask too much more of the players. We knew this was going to be a tough fixture and we thought our players stood up to the test really, really well.

Stuart Kettlewell in the Ross Couty technical area
Stuart Kettewell and colleague Steven Ferguson have guided County off bottom spot in the Premiership

"That's four points in the last two games for us and we've got to take huge positives from that. We made this a difficult place to come and play, and we've just got to make sure we're giving nothing away easily when teams come and play in Dingwall."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "It was total domination from the team, they showed great resilience and patience.

"We missed a lot of opportunities to score a lot earlier, even before County scored. And County scored with their one attack. I'm pleased with the character we showed and it could be an important point.

Neil Lennon applauds the travelling Hibernian supporters
Neil Lennon was frustrated his team could not make their dominance pay

"I was disappointed with the chances we missed first-half. We should be taking them. We gave County encouragement by conceding the first goal. It made the afternoon a lot more difficult than it should have been.

"It's five cup finals now. No-one's given us a chance of finishing second, but we're only three points behind second place with five games to go. We've given ourselves a hell of a chance and we'll look forward to them."

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 4RoutisBooked at 44mins
  • 5Souttar
  • 32Fontaine
  • 2Fraser
  • 17DraperBooked at 43mins
  • 18Lindsay
  • 35Melbourne
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forKaitat 61'minutes
  • 10SchalkSubstituted forDowat 88'minutes
  • 22MckaySubstituted forCurranat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Dow
  • 11Curran
  • 14N'Gog
  • 25O'Brien
  • 31McCarey
  • 40Keillor-Dunn
  • 47Kait

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 25AmbroseSubstituted forSwansonat 71'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 7McGinn
  • 16Stevenson
  • 23AllanSubstituted forShawat 72'minutes
  • 22Kamberi
  • 19MaclarenSubstituted forWhittakerat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 6Bartley
  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 31Bell
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
5,389

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home2
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away13
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 1.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ross Draper.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Max Melbourne.

Oli Shaw (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Hibernian 1. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ryan Dow replaces Alex Schalk.

Hand ball by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Alex Schalk (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig Curran.

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

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Craig Curran replaces Billy McKay because of an injury.

Delay in match Billy McKay (Ross County) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Scott Allan.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Efe Ambrose.

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

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Mattias Kait replaces Michael Gardyne.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Steven Whittaker replaces Jamie Maclaren.

Attempt missed. Alex Schalk (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32219262204272
2Rangers33195967382962
3Aberdeen33195950361462
4Hibernian331611649351459
5Kilmarnock32141084338552
6Hearts33111393530546
7Motherwell33108153643-738
8St Johnstone33108153247-1538
9Hamilton3186174156-1530
10Dundee3386193153-2230
11Ross County3368193857-1926
12Partick Thistle3367202657-3125
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