Ross County missed the opportunity to overtake Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a highly charged Highland derby.

County's Evangelos Ikonomou had a first-half shot deflected wide after Ivan Sproule's impressive wing play.

Tempers flared as Iain Vigurs put in a heavy challenge on Caley's David Raven, which led to an angry exchange between managers Derek Adams and Terry Butcher.

Later, Mihael Kovacevic went close and Inverness claimed for a penalty when Ikonomou felled Graeme Shinnie.

The clash they call "El Kessocko", after the bridge which separates the two communities, was part of the clubs' push for a European place and was played in front of 5,959 fans.

This was the first time the teams had met in the SPL with them both as top-six clubs.

The opening 45 minutes produced little in terms of clear-cut chances although early on Owain Tudur Jones fed Inverness captain Richie Foran who was back in the starting 11 after injury and his ball from the right just eluded Billy McKay as he slid in.

At the other end Sproule could not control a promising ball over the top while Vigurs rounded David Raven but fatally delayed his cross.

County's best first-half chance came when Sproule out on the right found Oikonomou but his thunderbolt was deflected clear by Raven. Then it was Inverness's turn to come close when Ross Draper's effort was cleared off the line.

On the half-hour Vigurs put in a robust tackle on Raven, who retaliated and both players received yellow cards. Meanwhile, the managers began to square up to each other over the incident and had to be separated by officials.

In the second half Andrew Shinnie looked through on goal only to be denied by a crucial tackle from Grant Munro before Kovacevic beat Graeme Shinnie but his searing shot just skirted the left post.

Soon after the same player came just as close to the other side of the woodwork.

The Global Energy Stadium erupted when Oikonomou appeared to upend Graeme Shinnie in the box but referee Steven MacLean instead booked the Inverness player, apparently for diving.

Inverness remain in third place in the table, three points behind Motherwell in second, while County, in fourth, are just a point outside the European places.

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

3 1

Corners

3 5

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:28 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:57

Richard Brittain produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +1:00

Handball decision goes against Rocco Quinn. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

88:59

Nick Ross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rocco Quinn. Direct free kick taken by Michael Fraser.

87:55 Substitution

Substitution Steffen Wohlfarth replaces Ivan Sproule.

86:16

Iain Vigurs fouled by David Raven, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Brittain takes the free kick.

83:32

The official flags Graeme Shinnie offside. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.

80:57

Owain Tudur Jones challenges Rocco Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Iain Vigurs from the free kick, Ryan Esson makes a fantastic save.

80:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy McKay on Iain Vigurs. Michael Fraser takes the direct free kick.

78:27 Booking

Booking Graeme Shinnie booked for unsporting behaviour.

77:16

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Glen.

72:58

Ivan Sproule is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.

72:10

Mihael Kovacevic has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

68:52

Gary Glen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Warren. Ryan Esson takes the direct free kick.

68:15

The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy McKay. Michael Fraser takes the free kick.

66:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Warren by Gary Glen. Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

65:11 Substitution

Substitution Sam Morrow goes off and Gary Glen comes on.

65:11

Effort on goal by Owain Tudur Jones from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Taylor replaces Richie Foran.

63:07

Richard Brittain fouled by Owain Tudur Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Brittain has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

60:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Morrow by Graeme Shinnie. Richard Brittain takes the free kick.

59:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Shinnie on Paul Lawson. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.

57:52 Substitution

Substitution (Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Nick Ross coming on for Aaron Doran.

54:56

Corner taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie, Scott Boyd manages to make a clearance.

54:23

Paul Lawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Doran. David Raven takes the free kick.

53:27

Effort from the edge of the box by Mihael Kovacevic goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:10

Corner taken by Richard Brittain, Grant Munro challenges Ryan Esson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Esson.

46:46

Richie Foran is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Michael Fraser.

45:24

Andrew Shinnie has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:06

Owain Tudur Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Iain Vigurs. Direct free kick taken by Richard Brittain.

44:34

Rocco Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Owain Tudur Jones. Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

43:21

Aaron Doran fouled by Rocco Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. David Raven takes the free kick.

36:23

Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Doran from the left by-line.

36:01

Unfair challenge on Ross Draper by Rocco Quinn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ross Draper.

33:27

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Fraser.

31:13

Josh Meekings takes the free kick.

31:13 Booking

Booking David Raven receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

30:37 Booking

Booking Iain Vigurs receives a yellow card.

30:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Vigurs on David Raven.

29:18

Rocco Quinn takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27:39

Corner from the right by-line taken by Graeme Shinnie, Ross Draper takes a shot. Clearance made by Grant Munro.

23:43

Evangelos Ikonomou takes a shot. Blocked by David Raven. Corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain to the near post, Josh Meekings makes a clearance.

22:03

The official flags Andrew Shinnie offside. Michael Fraser takes the free kick.

19:03

Andrew Shinnie has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

18:11

Paul Lawson takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Meekings.

17:25

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain played to the near post, Owain Tudur Jones makes a clearance.

16:18

Corner taken by Aaron Doran, clearance made by Scott Boyd.

15:04

Rocco Quinn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richie Foran. Shot comes in from Owain Tudur Jones from the free kick.

9:32

The referee blows for offside. Richard Brittain takes the free kick.

9:08

Unfair challenge on Andrew Shinnie by Iain Vigurs results in a free kick. David Raven restarts play with the free kick.

7:22

Paul Lawson fouled by Andrew Shinnie, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Fraser takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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