Ross County overcame Hibernian to remain unbeaten in 2013 and consolidate their Scottish Premier League position.

Ivan Sproule scored against his former club to give County the lead nine minutes before the break.

The winger was a persistent threat to the Hibs defence, with Rocco Quinn also had a couple of strikes at goal.

Hibs offered little in attack, with Leigh Griffiths restricted to long-range efforts on a frustrating evening for the visitors.

Ross County players celebrating

Sproule (far left) netted the only goal for County

County remain tenth but are now 14 points clear of bottom club Dundee, while fourth-place Hibs are now just a point above St Johnstone.

The Leith men tried hard to keep the ball on the deck amid windy conditions and Griffiths' low shot tested Mark Brown just before the quarter-hour mark.

The hosts gradually began to take control and Ross Quinn was unsuccessful with a drive over the bar before Sproule began to trouble his old team-mates.

The winger had a couple of efforts blocked by Williams, the second after being sent through by Iain Vigurs' incisive pass.

Hibs did not heed the warning of that combination and Sproule breached the defence again to round the goalkeeper and touch home.

An effort by Quinn was gathered by Williams at the second attempt as County sought to double their lead at the start of the second half.

A long-range shot by Gary Deegan which went straight into the arms of Brown typified the kind of night Hibs were having.

Sproule was withdrawn midway through the second half with a hamstring strain and German forward Steffen Wolfarth made his Ross County debut as a substitute.

But there was to be no more scoring at Victoria Park, with referee Bobby Madden seeing nothing amiss in the County penalty box as Griffiths tangled with Mihael Kovacevic in injury time.

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

4 4

Corners

0 1

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

95:09 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:31

Gary Glen (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +4:00

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

90:00 +3:04

Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Ross County).

90:00 +1:47

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:22

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:00

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

90:00 +0:17

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) on Gary Glen (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Glen (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

89:21

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

88:57

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

87:11

Foul by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right wing, resulting in open play.

87:11 Booking

Booking Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) booked for unsporting behaviour.

86:16

Foul by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) on Steffen Wohlfarth (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Boyd (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

85:51

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

85:27

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

85:18

Attacking throw-in by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian).

84:45

Steffen Wohlfarth (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

84:09

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

82:26

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

81:11

Foul by Steffen Wohlfarth (Ross County) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from left wing, resulting in open play.

80:48

Foul by Steffen Wohlfarth (Ross County) on Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by James McPake (Hibernian) from own half, passed.

80:18

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

79:51

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

79:01 Booking

Booking Iain Vigurs (Ross County) booked for unsporting behaviour.

79:00

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

78:20

Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Brown (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Ross County substitution: Sam Morrow replaced by Gary Glen (tactical).

78:14

Foul by Ross Caldwell (Hibernian) on Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

77:57

Attacking throw-in by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

77:20 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Gary Deegan replaced by David Wotherspoon (tactical).

76:39

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

75:59

Sam Morrow (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

75:04

Shot by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

74:29

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

73:21

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Rocco Quinn (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Boyd (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

73:21 Booking

Booking Gary Deegan (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

72:26

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

72:01

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

71:37

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

70:34

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Iain Vigurs (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

70:29

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Ross County substitution: Ivan Sproule replaced by Steffen Wohlfarth (injury).

69:02

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

68:42

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

67:26

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

67:12

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

66:54

Shot by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (35+ yards), missed right.

66:50

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

66:32

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Eoin Doyle replaced by Ross Caldwell (tactical).

63:40

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, save (caught) by Mark Brown (Ross County).

63:06

Foul by Paul Lawson (Ross County) on Eoin Doyle (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

62:37

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

62:30

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

61:56

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

61:35

Shot by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (35+ yards), save (caught) by Mark Brown (Ross County).

60:26

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

60:04

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

58:32

Ivan Sproule (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

57:46

Danny Handling (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Brown (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

57:01

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) on Alan Maybury (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

56:31

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Mark Brown (Ross County).

54:38

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

53:09

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) on Sam Morrow (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Brown (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

52:44

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

51:43

Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel (20 yards), hit wall.

51:43 Booking

Booking Scott Boyd (Ross County) booked for unsporting behaviour.

51:34

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County) on Danny Handling (Hibernian).

51:09

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

50:37

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

49:23

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) on Iain Vigurs (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County) from own half, passed.

48:49

Goal kick taken short by Mark Brown (Ross County).

47:45

Shot by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

45:27

Sam Morrow (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:06

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:20

Foul by Sam Morrow (Ross County) on James McPake (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

44:54

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

43:14

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

42:50

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

42:22

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

41:47

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

41:06

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

38:41

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

38:27

Shot by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

37:17

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

35:44

Assist (pass) by Rocco Quinn (Ross County) from left channel.

35:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Ivan Sproule - Ross Co 1 - 0 Hibernian Goal by Ivan Sproule (Ross County) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Ross County 1-0 Hibernian.

35:15

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

34:41

Iain Vigurs (Ross County) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

34:17

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Ivan Sproule (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Lawson (Ross County) from own half, passed.

33:53

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

33:29

Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

32:15

Attacking throw-in by Ivan Sproule (Ross County).

31:29

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

29:50

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

29:36

Shot by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.

29:13

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

29:07

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

28:44

Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Ross County).

28:26

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

27:47

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

26:03

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

25:44

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

24:45

Goal kick taken long by Mark Brown (Ross County).

23:54

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

23:05

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

22:49

Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

21:53

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

21:19

Attacking throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

20:19

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) on Ivan Sproule (Ross County). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) from left channel (12 yards), save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

19:50 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Tim Clancy replaced by Alan Maybury (injury).

19:29

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

18:50

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Iain Vigurs (Ross County). Free kick taken left-footed by Grant Munro (Ross County) from own half, resulting in open play.

18:14

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

17:29

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County) on Scott Robertson (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Handling (Hibernian) from right wing, resulting in open play.

17:18

Defending throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

17:02

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

16:32

Foul by Ivan Sproule (Ross County) on James McPake (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

15:55

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

15:32

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

14:29

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Mark Brown (Ross County).

13:43

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian) on Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County). Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Brittain (Ross County) from left wing, clearance by James McPake (Hibernian).

13:21

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

13:01

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

12:24

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

12:08

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

11:22

Defending throw-in by Paul Lawson (Ross County).

10:03

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

9:15

Shot by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Mark Brown (Ross County).

5:42

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

4:51

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

4:44

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

4:11

Shot by Sam Morrow (Ross County) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.

3:54

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

3:22

Defending throw-in by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

2:32

Attacking throw-in by Evangelos Ikonomou (Ross County).

2:03

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

0:09

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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