Inverness continued their bid to reach the top three of the Premiership with a comfortable win away to Ross County in Dingwall.

David Raven's close-range shot opened the scoring early on after good work by Aaron Doran.

Billy McKay doubled the lead five minutes from the interval with a left-footed strike.

The third arrived on the break when Ross Draper fed Marley Watkins, who rolled the ball into the corner.

Defeat drops Ross County below Partick Thistle into tenth place on goal difference, while Inverness sit three behind Motherwell and with a game in hand.

County looked a shadow of the side that beat their local rivals on New Year's Day and fell behind in the opening stages.

Aaron Doran outpaced Brian McLean on the left and, when Evangelos Ikonomou attempted to clear his cross at the back post, Raven forced the ball over the line.

At the other end, Richie Brittain's free-kick resulted in an aerial battle in the box before McLean nodded wide of Dean Brill's right-hand post.

County had claims for a penalty turned down when Jordan Slew's shot inside the box appeared to be handled by Gary Warren but referee Calum Murray was having none of it.

Full-back Graeme Shinnie charged forward for Inverness and sent an angled drive just past the post.

County were enjoying their fair share of pressure without doing too much with it and they were caught out again before half-time.

Shinnie won the ball off Slew, drove forward and squared for McKay, who swept into the corner from 12 yards.

Inverness were going all out for a third and Doran had a shot charged down by Yann Songo'o in front of goal.

Arquin and Slew combined on the edge of the area in the opening minute of the second half but Slew lost his balance at the vital moment.

County had a great chance to pull one back when Michael Tidser got on the end of a Cooper cross but his point-blank shot was parried by Brill.

The home side continued to push forward and Filip Kiss tried his luck from 25 yards but his effort flew narrowly past the upright.

But it was all over as a contest when Draper slipped the ball through for substitute Watkins to coolly drill the ball into the far corner.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Cikos
  • 26 Oikonomou (Carey - 55' )
  • 07 Kiss
  • 28 Songo'o
  • 21 McLean
  • 08 Brittain (De Leeuw - 67' )
  • 12 Tidser
  • 25 Slew
  • 27 Arquin
  • 16 Cooper

Substitutes

  • 03 Gordon
  • 05 Boyd
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw
  • 15 Glen
  • 23 Carey
  • 42 McCarthy

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie Booked
  • 08 Draper
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 04 Vincent
  • 16 Tansey
  • 07 McKay (Watkins - 76' )
  • 09 Foran (Ross - 87' )
  • 10 Doran (Tremarco - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 11 Ross
  • 14 Devine
  • 15 Watkins
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 20 Polworth
  • 21 Pepper
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 4,805

Match Stats

Shots

13 12

On target

5 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3.

90:00 +3:54

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +1:22

Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:00

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:58

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

86:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Richie Foran.

85:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Carl Tremarco replaces Aaron Doran.

82:24

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

82:24

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:29

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

81:29

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:05

Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

78:05

James Vincent (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Billy McKay.

72:30

Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:49

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

70:49

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:19

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

69:19

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Richard Brittain.

64:40

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

64:04

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

64:04

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:02

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

59:17

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

57:55

Attempt blocked. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:53

Filip Kiss (Ross County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

54:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Evangelos Oikonomou.

54:21

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

51:52

Attempt saved. Yann Songo'o (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:55

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

50:00

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

49:27

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Dean Brill.

48:42

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

47:15

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

47:15

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Inverness CT 2.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 2.

44:37

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:37

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

43:36

Attempt blocked. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

42:56 Booking

Booking Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

42:49

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:49

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

39:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Inverness CT 2. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie.

39:03

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Evangelos Oikonomou.

38:21

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

38:21

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:04

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

35:54

Attempt blocked. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:18

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

32:29

Attempt blocked. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

30:24

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:20

Foul by Jordan Slew (Ross County).

29:00

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:33

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

26:16

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Warren.

24:56

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

24:56

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:38

Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:12

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

23:14

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:14

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

20:03

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Aaron Doran.

19:28

Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

19:07

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

19:07

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:39

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:39

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

15:56

Attempt saved. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:47

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

14:47

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:54

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

13:54

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

13:18

Attempt missed. Brian McLean (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

12:21

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:21

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

11:23

Hand ball by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

9:37

Attempt missed. James Vincent (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

7:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Inverness CT 1. David Raven (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Doran.

5:12

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

5:12

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

3:47

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

3:47

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

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