In-form striker Billy McKay fired Inverness CT back to the top of the Premiership with a commanding win over Hibernian.

McKay's eighth goal of the season, following a terrible mix-up between Michael Nelson and Ben Williams, gifted Inverness ahead.

Richie Foran scored from close range after Ben Greenhalgh's header came back off the bar.

And McKay sealed the win as he rifled an unstoppable shot beyond Williams.

Inverness, looking to move ahead of Celtic at the top of the table on goal difference, were gifted the opener as Nelson and Williams got into an awful mess and McKay seized on their indecision to score.

The visitors were living dangerously and earned a reprieve as McKay dragged his shot wide as he looked to take advantage of statuesque defending.

Hibs looked poised to equalise when Paul Heffernan sprung the offside trap but he fizzed a shot wide of Dean Brill's goal.

Inverness appeared content with their narrow lead, looking to hit Pat Fenlon's side on the counter attack.

Hibs improved after the break but continued to lack a creative spark in the final third.

Liam Craig's cross caused havoc in the Inverness defence and the ball broke to Tom Taiwo but he blazed over.

McKay spurned a couple of chances to extend Inverness's lead but they nabbed a second when Aaron Doran hit the by-line and dinked over a great cross for Greenhalgh to head onto the bar and Foran applied the finish.

And Terry Butcher's men extended their lead through McKay - his ninth of the campaign - as he rifled the ball home from 20 yards to move Inverness ahead of Celtic on goal difference.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 08 Draper (Agdestein - 89' )
  • 09 Foran
  • 10 Doran
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 07 McKay
  • 11 Ross Booked (Polworth - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 14 Devine
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 19 Williams
  • 20 Polworth
  • 23 Agdestein

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 05 Nelson
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 08 Robertson
  • 10 Craig
  • 20 Taiwo (Zoubir - 63' )
  • 38 Thomson (Stanton - 80' )
  • 14 Collins
  • 24 Heffernan (Vine - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Murdoch
  • 06 McPake
  • 17 Tudur-Jones
  • 23 Forster
  • 26 Stanton
  • 27 Zoubir
  • 09 Vine
Ref: Collum
Att: 4,261

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

7 1

Corners

5 7

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:26 Full time

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

90:00 +2:08

Ben Greenhalgh takes a shot. Ben Williams catches the ball.

90:00 +1:40

Aaron Doran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ben Williams makes a block.

90:00 +1:23

Josh Meekings manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:17

Corner from the taken by Liam Craig.

90:00 +0:56

Shot by James Collins. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.

90:00 +0:33

Shot by Liam Polworth.

90:00 +0:06

David Raven crosses the ball in from the free kick.

89:49

Abdellah Zoubir concedes a free kick for a foul on Torbjorn Agdestein.

88:41 Substitution

Substitution Ross Draper goes off and Torbjorn Agdestein comes on.

87:56

Ross Draper makes a clearance.

87:48

Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.

87:02

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

86:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy McKay.

85:52

Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick.

85:27

Rowan Vine fouled by David Raven, the ref awards a free kick.

84:57

Clearance made by Ryan McGivern.

84:49

Corner taken by Liam Polworth from the left by-line.

82:08

David Raven takes the free kick.

81:59

Abdellah Zoubir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Polworth.

80:25

Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.

80:16

Foul by Josh Meekings on Rowan Vine, free kick awarded.

79:56 Substitution

Substitution Sam Stanton on for Kevin Thomson.

78:22 Substitution

Substitution Liam Polworth comes on in place of Nick Ross.

72:21

Shot by Liam Craig went harmlessly over the bar.

71:37

Ben Greenhalgh sends in a cross.

71:10

Clearance by Michael Nelson.

71:04

Corner from the taken by Aaron Doran.

70:26

David Raven produces a cross.

69:35

Aaron Doran takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

67:47 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Rowan Vine coming on for Paul Heffernan.

67:29

Shot by Liam Craig cleared the bar.

65:28

Gary Warren takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ben Williams safely holds on.

65:19

Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

65:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Aaron Doran.

64:21

Header at goal by Billy McKay.

64:13

The ball is crossed by Ross Draper.

62:29 Substitution

Substitution Tom Taiwo leaves the field to be replaced by Abdellah Zoubir.

62:07

Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.

61:59

Ross Draper concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thomson.

60:49

Assist by Ross Draper.

60:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy McKay - Inverness 3 - 0 Hibernian Billy McKay scores with a right foot finish. Inverness CT 3-0 Hibernian.

59:00

The assist for the goal came from Ross Draper.

59:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Richie Foran - Inverness 2 - 0 Hibernian Richie Foran scores with their right foot. Inverness CT 2-0 Hibernian.

58:26

Free kick taken by David Raven.

58:08

Foul by Ryan McGivern on Aaron Doran, free kick awarded.

57:05

Ross Draper restarts play with the free kick.

56:58

Foul by Tom Taiwo on Ross Draper, free kick awarded.

55:15

Corner taken by Ben Greenhalgh.

54:25

Billy McKay takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

53:26

Shot by Tom Taiwo went over the crossbar.

53:20

Clearance by Ross Draper.

53:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Craig.

51:12

Clearance by Ryan McGivern.

50:37

Centre by Lewis Stevenson.

47:35

Clearance by Ross Draper.

47:30

Free kick crossed by Liam Craig.

46:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan by Josh Meekings.

46:27

Ryan McGivern makes a clearance.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:27

Scott Robertson crosses the ball.

44:44

Ben Greenhalgh crosses the ball.

40:53

Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line.

40:05

Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

39:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ross on Kevin Thomson.

39:49

Clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

39:44

The ball is delivered by David Raven.

39:25

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

38:54

James Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Meekings.

38:06

Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

37:46

Nick Ross booked for unsporting behaviour.

37:46 Booking

Booking

36:40

Ross Draper takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

36:31

Clearance made by Michael Nelson.

36:09

Aaron Doran produces a cross.

34:32

Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

34:16 Substitution

Substitution Ben Greenhalgh joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Vincent.

33:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Taiwo on Richie Foran.

32:26

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

32:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Ross by Tom Taiwo.

31:49

Corner from the left by-line taken by Liam Craig.

31:34

Michael Nelson takes a shot.

31:12

Liam Craig restarts play with the free kick.

30:52

Foul by James Vincent on Liam Craig, free kick awarded.

29:40

Clearance by Gary Warren.

29:30

Ben Williams takes the free kick.

29:17

James Vincent receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

29:17 Booking

Booking

29:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Vincent on Ryan McGivern.

26:43

Scott Robertson delivers the ball.

26:08

Clearance made by Michael Nelson.

26:02

The ball is sent over by David Raven.

25:00

Liam Craig has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

24:49

Clearance made by David Raven.

24:44

Liam Craig takes the free kick.

24:24

Josh Meekings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Heffernan.

23:53

Paul Heffernan takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

23:26

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

22:58

Paul Heffernan concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Meekings.

20:47

Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.

20:37

Kevin Thomson fouled by James Vincent, the ref awards a free kick.

17:56

Billy McKay takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

16:32

Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

16:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Gary Warren.

16:13

Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

15:49

Foul by Kevin Thomson on Aaron Doran, free kick awarded.

13:31

Free kick taken by Richie Foran.

13:25

Tom Taiwo concedes a free kick for a foul on Ross Draper.

10:03

Assist on the goal came from Graeme Shinnie.

10:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy McKay - Inverness 1 - 0 Hibernian Billy McKay scores with their left foot. Inverness CT 1-0 Hibernian.

8:28

The ball is delivered by David Raven.

7:28

Liam Craig manages to make a clearance.

7:22

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie.

3:46

Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

3:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy McKay.

3:25

Liam Craig crosses the ball.

3:13

Josh Meekings manages to make a clearance.

3:08

Corner from the taken by Liam Craig.

2:44

Corner taken by Liam Craig from the right by-line.

0:47

Clearance by Liam Craig.

0:38

Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.

0:17

Foul by Michael Nelson on Billy McKay, free kick awarded.

0:00

The match begins.

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