Scottish Premiership
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Ross County 0-3 Inverness CT

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.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 26OikonomouSubstituted forCareyat 55'minutes
  • 7Kiss
  • 28Songo'o
  • 21McLean
  • 8BrittainSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 67'minutes
  • 12Tidser
  • 25Slew
  • 27Arquin
  • 16Cooper

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 5Boyd
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 15Glen
  • 23Carey
  • 42McCarthy

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 43mins
  • 8Draper
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 4Vincent
  • 16Tansey
  • 7MckaySubstituted forWatkinsat 76'minutes
  • 9ForanSubstituted forRossat 87'minutes
  • 10DoranSubstituted forTremarcoat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 15Watkins
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 21Pepper
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
4,805

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 0, Inverness CT 3.

Full Time

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

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

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

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

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Richie Foran.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Carl Tremarco replaces Aaron Doran.

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

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

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

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

Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Marley Watkins replaces Billy McKay.

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

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

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

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

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

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Evangelos Oikonomou.

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

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Dean Brill.

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

Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Inverness CT 2.

Half Time

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2723314972
2Aberdeen2716381351
3Motherwell261529047
4Inverness CT2513571244
5Dundee Utd2611871541
6St Johnstone2610511435
7Hibernian268810-532
8Kilmarnock277614-1227
9Partick Thistle2751012-1625
10Ross County277416-1725
11St Mirren276615-1924
12Hearts275616-246
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