Ross County 1-0 Hibernian

Ross County secured their Premiership safety after Richard Brittain's penalty gave the Dingwall side victory over Hibernian.

The midfielder crashed the ball beyond Ben Williams after Jordan Slew had been brought down by Scott Robertson.

County had the best chances with Yoann Arquin and Jordan Slew going close.

The Dingwall men now cannot finish in the relegation play-off spot but Hibs, who face Kilmarnock at home on Saturday, remain in danger.

And with Killie and Partick Thistle playing on Wednesday evening, Hibs may go into the final weekend in the dreaded 11th place.

County started in nervy fashion and were guilty of a string of slack passes as the visitors dominated possession.

Jason Cummings had the first sight of goal after a fine through-ball from Danny Handling, but the Hibs hitman's effort from just inside the box was well saved by Mark Brown.

That was the only flurry of excitement in the final third in the opening exchanges, but the home side finally threatened after 20 minutes.

Yann Songo'o holds off Danny Handling
Songo'o holds off Handling in the first half in Dingwall

A corner kick was flicked on by Yann Songo'o but, after it fell to the feet of Arquin, Liam Craig slid in to block his effort.

County almost hit the front when Brittain's free-kick from the right was superbly headed on by Arquin, only for the ball to bounce back off the post.

That sparked a response from Hibs and Craig had a glorious chance to open the scoring from a corner, but he could not direct his six-yard header on target.

The hosts had the first chance of the second half when Filip Kiss fed Melvin de Leeuw down the left and he hung up a delightful back-post delivery for Brittain, whose header was well saved by Ben Williams.

Rocco Quinn came on for Stuart Kettlewell before the hour as Staggies boss Derek Adams signalled his intent to push for the opener.

And a few minutes later County got it from the penalty spot.

De Leeuw and Arquin linked up superbly down the left and when the ball was fired into the centre, Slew was downed by Robertson.

Brittain took the responsibility and made no mistake, drilling the ball into the corner of the net with Williams well beaten.

Slew then had the chance to double the hosts' lead but after some great work to get himself free in the box he was unable to beat Williams.

James Collins came on for Handling as Hibs stepped up their bid for a leveller, but it was County who looked the more dangerous.

Slew then fired a left-foot effort over the bar after bursting into the box following a fine through-ball from Alex Cooper.

Hibs almost made County pay for that miss but Cummings nodded just wide of target.

The visitors applied some late pressure and Collins went close with a header, but they could not muster an equaliser and their Premiership fate will now be determined when Kilmarnock visit Easter Road.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3630517595
2Aberdeen3720891668
3Motherwell3620412264
4Dundee Utd371610111758
5Inverness CT3615912-154
6St Johnstone3615714852
7St Mirren3610818-1838
8Ross County3710720-1937
9Hibernian3781118-1935
10Partick Thistle3671415-2035
11Kilmarnock369621-2333
12Hearts3610719-1822
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