Hibernian's chances of reaching the top six of the Scottish Premier League took another blow with defeat against Inverness at Easter Road.

With the home defence in disarray, Ross Draper lobbed keeper Ben Williams for a 48th-minute opener.

Gary Deegan's shot near the hour-mark deflected off Leigh Griffiths to level matters, despite claims of offside.

Andrew Shinnie's 65th-minute shot evaded the Hibs defence to seal the points for the Highlanders.

Caley Thistle's place in the top half is assured, but Hibs now require a win in their next match against Celtic to have any chance of climbing above Kilmarnock and Aberdeen back into the top half of the table before the SPL split.

The match started at a quality and pace that belied the poor-looking, weather-beaten Easter Road surface.

Kevin Thomson lined up the first shot, while Caley Thistle countered with two quick breaks in the opening seven minutes.

From those attacks their best chance fell to Owen Tudur Jones who, reluctant to hit with his left foot, awkwardly shifted to his right to take the chance but ended up taking the power out of the resulting effort.

Alex Harris settled into the match quickly in his first Hibs start and soon tested right-back David Raven with his willingness to run at the full back.

Ryan McGivern's shot grazed the Inverness goal frame and, at the other end, Richie Foran tried his luck from outside the box but also failed to trouble the goalkeeper.

The second half yielded all the goals, the first of the trio coming when a long pass from Foran found Draper, who controlled and then lobbed the ball beyond Williams.

Hibs were quick to seek an equaliser, Thomson and Doyle setting up Griffiths but the striker was foiled as he delayed his shot.

Griffiths, who'd scored in four of the previous five home games, continued his impressive form but appeared to know little about the deflection that wrong-footed Antonio Reguero after the goalkeeper had looked well placed to gather Deegan's 20-yard shot.

If fortune had smiled on Hibs with their equaliser, it soon frowned upon them when they conceded again.

Shinnie was unmarked when he gathered in the box but it was a deflection off James McPake that took the eventual shot beyond Williams.

McPake showed great timing and composure with a skilful tackle to deny Billy McKay what would have been a killer third goal and kept the home side in the hunt.

Hibs, without a home league win in 2013, sought to salvage a point but their final onslaught was deftly dealt with by a Caley Thistle side that saw the game out to a satisfactory conclusion without undue concern.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 McGivern Booked
  • 06 McPake
  • 07 Deegan Booked (Robertson - 72' )
  • 16 Stevenson (Wotherspoon - 83' )
  • 20 Taiwo (Cairney - 62' )
  • 33 Harris
  • 38 Thomson
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 10 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 37 Forster
  • 08 Claros
  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Wotherspoon
  • 28 Robertson
  • 24 Handling

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Reguero
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 14 Meekings
  • 27 Devine
  • 04 Tudur-Jones
  • 08 Draper
  • 10 Shinnie (Ross - 90' )
  • 07 McKay
  • 09 Foran Booked
  • 17 Doran

Substitutes

  • 31 Mathieson
  • 28 Taylor
  • 11 Ross
  • 21 Polworth
  • 22 Pepper
  • 26 Gibbons
  • 18 Sutherland
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 10,055

Match Stats

Shots

9 9

On target

4 5

Corners

9 3

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:46 Full time

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

90:00 +3:19

Attacking throw-in by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:42

Free kick taken right-footed by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:42 Substitution

Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Andrew Shinnie replaced by Nick Ross (tactical).

90:00 +1:35

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT).

90:00 +0:22

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

89:32

Attacking throw-in by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

87:58

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) on David Wotherspoon (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play. Foul by Tim Clancy (Hibernian) on Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.

87:00

Attacking throw-in by Alex Harris (Hibernian). Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

83:50

Attacking throw-in by Alex Harris (Hibernian). Attacking throw-in by Alex Harris (Hibernian). Floated corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) to far post, clearance by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT). Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Paul Cairney (Hibernian). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play. Floated corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

83:35

Defending throw-in by James McPake (Hibernian).

82:30

Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

82:30 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Lewis Stevenson replaced by David Wotherspoon (tactical).

82:02

Cross by Alex Harris (Hibernian), clearance by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

79:47

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian) on Ross Draper (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by David Raven (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play. Foul by James McPake (Hibernian) on Billy McKay (Inverness CT). Free kick drilled right-footed by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) from right channel (35 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

78:20

Cross by Tim Clancy (Hibernian), save (caught) by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

76:38

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to near post, resulting in open play. Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, clearance by David Raven (Inverness CT).

75:33

Shot by Ross Draper (Inverness CT) mishit right-footed from right channel (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

74:34

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) to centre, resulting in open play.

74:15

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

72:51

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Gary Deegan replaced by Scott Robertson (tactical).

71:33

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

69:58

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

68:27

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.

67:38

Shot by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) right-footed from right channel (35 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

67:20

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

66:57

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

64:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Shinnie - Hibernian 1 - 2 Inverness Goal by Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT) volleyed left-footed (top-left of goal) from left channel (18 yards).Hibernian 1-2 Inverness CT.

64:17

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) from right channel, resulting in open play.

63:46

Shot by Tim Clancy (Hibernian) curled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

61:39

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) drilled left-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

61:39 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Tom Taiwo replaced by Paul Cairney (tactical).

61:20

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT) on Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

60:44

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

60:10

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) from own half, passed.

58:39

Assist by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) from left channel.

58:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 1 - 1 Inverness goal by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Hibernian 1-1 Inverness CT.

58:17

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Shot by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (18 yards),

56:09

Free kick crossed right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) from right channel, save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

56:09 Booking

Booking Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

55:59

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT).

53:21

Inswinging corner taken by Richie Foran. Handball by Aaron Doran. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leigh Griffiths.

53:21 Booking

Booking Richie Foran (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.

52:22

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

52:00

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) from left channel, passed.

51:24

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

51:01

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

50:40

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

49:43

Free kick taken right-footed by Daniel Devine (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

49:43 Booking

Booking Gary Deegan (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

49:39

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT).

49:14

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

47:40

Assist (pass) by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) from left channel.

47:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross Draper - Hibernian 0 - 1 Inverness Goal by Ross Draper (Inverness CT) lobbed right-footed (top-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (18 yards).Hibernian 0-1 Inverness CT.

46:32

Cross by David Raven (Inverness CT), clearance by James McPake (Hibernian).

45:13

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:04 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:54

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

43:48

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

43:16

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) on Josh Meekings (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:25

Foul by Daniel Devine (Inverness CT) on Kevin Thomson (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play. Shot by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

41:07

Cross by Richie Foran (Inverness CT), save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

38:43

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT). Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

38:22

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

37:26

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, passed.

35:57

Shot by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) volleyed left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

33:58

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT) on Tom Taiwo (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Clancy (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian). Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT). Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

33:13

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

30:52

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT). Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT). Cross by Ross Draper (Inverness CT), resulting in ball out of play. Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) to near post, clearance by Gary Deegan (Hibernian). Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

28:28

Shot by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT). Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

27:03

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian). Defending throw-in by Richie Foran (Inverness CT). Foul by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) on Tom Taiwo (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

26:13

Cross by Tim Clancy (Hibernian), clearance by David Raven (Inverness CT).

25:49

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

24:37

Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

23:54

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) on Eoin Doyle (Hibernian). Free kick crossed left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right wing, clearance by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT).

23:49

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

22:34

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) on Gary Deegan (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Clancy (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

22:25

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

21:08

Shot by Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

20:43

Attacking throw-in by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

19:42

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

18:45

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

17:19

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, foul by James McPake (Hibernian) on Richie Foran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.

17:04

Attacking throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

15:36

Foul by Gary Deegan (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) from right channel (18 yards), hit wall.

14:34

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT). Cross by David Raven (Inverness CT), foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT) on Ryan McGivern (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

13:18

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Daniel Devine (Inverness CT). Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

12:04

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) from right channel, resulting in open play. Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) on Tim Clancy (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:02

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on David Raven (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT) from own half, resulting in open play.

9:14

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

8:24

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

7:33

Shot by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) curled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

5:35

Defending throw-in by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian). Shot by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian). Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian). Free kick crossed left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from left wing, save (caught) by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

5:04

Cross by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian), save (caught) by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

4:37

Defending throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

3:58

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

3:22

Goal kick taken long by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

2:54

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

2:43

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

2:29

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

1:05

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

0:38

Shot by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Antonio Reguero (Inverness CT).

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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