Hibernian moved to within a point of sixth-place St Johnstone after a thrilling Scottish Premiership win over Ross County.

Youngster Sam Stanton opened the scoring with a well struck free-kick.

And recent signing Danny Haynes set up Tom Taiwo to fire the hosts' second midway through the first half.

Captain Richie Brittain reduced County's deficit with a free-kick of his own but despite continued pressure the visitors could not draw level.

And that meant Hibs claimed their first win in six matches and ended a run of four straight defeats. County remain third-bottom, the gap over basement side Hearts reduced to 16 points.

Hibs began the match with a real spurt and Haynes was first to try his luck on goal only to see his effort drift just wide of the target.

However, the home side deservedly took the lead after teenager Stanton was brought down by Rocco Quinn around 25 yards from goal.

Richie Brittain scores for Ross County against Hibernian

Brittain's free-kick gave County hope

The challenge by Quinn brought the County midfielder a yellow card but they were further punished when Stanton scored from the free-kick, bending the ball around the wall into the top corner.

The Staggies thought were almost back on level terms when a header by Evangelos Ikonomou bounced off the top of the crossbar twice before the home defence were able to clear.

And Hibs soon increased their lead. Haynes, who was making his first start since joining on loan from Notts County, sent a cross in from the right that was met by Taiwo and the midfielder made no mistake from eight yards out.

Terry Butcher's side thought they had scored a third goal after the break when Haynes glanced a header towards goal that hit the inside of the post before keeper Mark Brown clawed the ball away.

Hibs players were claiming the ball was over the line but referee Bobby Madden allowed play to continue.

And within minutes County had clawed their way back into the game. Brittain curled a free-kick from 25 yards around the defensive wall that Ben Williams got a hand to but failed to keep out.

It was now the turn of Derek Adams' side to press but, unlike Hibs, they could not get a second goal.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster
  • 03 McGivern
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 19 Handling (Boateng - 87' )
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 26 Stanton
  • 33 Haynes (Collins - 82' )
  • 07 Harris (Cairney - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Collins
  • 15 Boateng
  • 18 Maybury
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 31 Grant
  • 35 Cummings

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Cikos
  • 26 Oikonomou (Gordon - 78' )
  • 10 Quinn Booked (Cooper - 45' )
  • 21 McLean
  • 28 Songo'o
  • 08 Brittain
  • 12 Tidser
  • 25 Slew (Luckassen - 74' )
  • 27 Arquin
  • 23 Carey

Substitutes

  • 03 Gordon
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 05 Boyd
  • 15 Glen
  • 16 Cooper
  • 19 Luckassen
  • 42 McCarthy
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 8,411

Match Stats

Shots

16 12

On target

6 3

Corners

10 5

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +3:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 1.

90:00 +1:58

Attempt missed. Erik Cikos (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

90:00 +0:07

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Brown.

89:54

Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:26

(Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:26

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

87:50

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

87:50

Ben Gordon (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Boateng replaces Daniel Handling because of an injury.

81:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Danny Haynes.

81:05

Attempt missed. Daniel Handling (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

78:19

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

78:19

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:00

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:59

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

77:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Ben Gordon replaces Evangelos Oikonomou.

77:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Cairney replaces Alex Harris.

75:58

Attempt blocked. Alex Cooper (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

75:35

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

75:35

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:36

Attempt blocked. Kevin Luckassen (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

73:56

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

73:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Kevin Luckassen replaces Jordan Slew.

73:07

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

70:01

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

70:01

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

69:36

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Evangelos Oikonomou.

69:08

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Brian McLean.

67:26

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

67:10

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:10

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

66:49

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

66:15

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Brown.

65:57

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Brian McLean.

65:43

Attempt blocked. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

65:07

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:07

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Ross County).

59:10

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:10

Foul by Evangelos Oikonomou (Ross County).

58:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 2, Ross County 1. Richard Brittain (Ross County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

57:36

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

57:36

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:09

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

57:09

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:28

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:18

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Alex Cooper.

54:26

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:26

Foul by Yann Songo'o (Ross County).

53:14

Attempt missed. Daniel Handling (Hibernian) header from outside the box is too high.

51:16

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

48:56

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

46:10

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 2, Ross County 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Rocco Quinn.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 2, Ross County 0.

45:00 +0:46

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

43:23

Attempt saved. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

42:10

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ben Williams.

41:52

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:12

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:12

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

39:21

Attempt saved. Michael Tidser (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:27

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

38:27

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:51

Daniel Handling (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:51

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

36:34

Attempt blocked. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

34:25

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

33:49

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

33:49

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:55

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

27:49

Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 2, Ross County 0. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Haynes.

22:55

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.

22:28

Attempt blocked. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

21:44

Jordan Slew (Ross County) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

19:04

Hand ball by Michael Nelson (Hibernian).

17:57

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

17:25

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

17:25

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:31

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

15:26

Hand ball by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

14:56

Attempt saved. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:03

Foul by Samuel Stanton (Hibernian).

14:03

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:19

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rocco Quinn.

10:49

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

10:49

Brian McLean (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Ross County 0. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

8:35 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

8:25

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:25

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

7:00

Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:00

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

4:59

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

1:12

Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:43

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Evangelos Oikonomou.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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