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Inverness CT 2-2 Ross County: Long-range stunner & controversy in derby draw

Shaun Rooney celebrate scoring for Inverness
Shaun Rooney celebrated his goal in front of the home supporters

The second Highland derby of the season ended even after a 35-yard howitzer and a controversial own goal.

Ross County lost ground on leaders Ayr after the four-goal thriller, while Inverness Caledonian Thistle drop to sixth after a seventh consecutive draw.

Jamie Lindsay rasped in a long-range opener for County but George Oakley's volley drew Inverness level.

Shaun Rooney put the hosts ahead, but Brad McKay turned Billy Mckay's cross into his own net to tie the game again.

Caley Thistle claimed Mckay was offside but the officials disagreed and the goal stood.

County's Sean Kelly had a good chance in a goalless second half, while Inverness' Liam Polworth struck a post and Aaron Doran could not net the rebound.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson: "It was an absolutely magnificent game and a brilliant atmosphere. Both teams went hell-for-leather.

"We felt on the day that we had slightly the better chances to win it but you can't argue that a draw was probably a fair result."

Ross County co-manager Steven Ferguson: "I think as a spectacle it was a really good game. It was set up the way it should have been with two teams that were desperate to win and tried everything to win.

"Both sets of supporters were lively and seemed to enjoy the game. Both teams had chances to win it and both gave opportunities to lose it as well so probably a draw is a fair result."

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2RooneySubstituted forMcCartat 57'minutes
  • 22McKay
  • 5Donaldson
  • 16CalderBooked at 45mins
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 15Welsh
  • 4Chalmers
  • 11WalshBooked at 49minsSubstituted forMackayat 74'minutes
  • 7Polworth
  • 14OakleySubstituted forWhiteat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McCart
  • 9Austin
  • 19White
  • 23Mackay
  • 24Trafford
  • 35Macgregor
  • 42Hoban

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 6Draper
  • 15Watson
  • 3Kelly
  • 11VigursBooked at 67mins
  • 14MullinSubstituted forStewartat 85'minutes
  • 26CowieSubstituted forGrahamat 75'minutes
  • 8LindsayBooked at 90mins
  • 17Keillor-DunnSubstituted forMcManusat 66'minutes
  • 9Mckay

Substitutes

  • 4Fontaine
  • 10McManus
  • 12Demetriou
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 27Stewart
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
4,353

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 2.

Full Time

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

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Riccardo Calder (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Inverness CT) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Inverness CT).

Billy McKay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jamie McCart (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Kelly (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Riccardo Calder.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Ross Stewart replaces Josh Mullin.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Inverness CT).

Declan McManus (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Joe Chalmers (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ross Draper.

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

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Inverness CT) header from very close range misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Don Cowie.

Daniel Mackay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Daniel Mackay replaces Tom Walsh.

Attempt missed. Don Cowie (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan McManus (Ross County).

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Jamie McCart (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr1291224111328
2Ross County127412481625
3Dundee Utd126331916321
4Morton125431819-119
5Inverness CT123901510518
6Queen of Sth124442014616
7Dunfermline124351218-615
8Partick Thistle123091123-129
9Alloa12156717-108
10Falkirk121110620-144
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