Scottish Premiership
Ross County1Hibernian0

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.

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.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 5Boyd
  • 11De LeeuwBooked at 53minsSubstituted forCooperat 64'minutes
  • 3Gordon
  • 28Songo'o
  • 8Brittain
  • 4KettlewellSubstituted forQuinnat 57'minutes
  • 25SlewSubstituted forCareyat 89'minutes
  • 27ArquinBooked at 90mins
  • 7Kiss

Substitutes

  • 10Quinn
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Cooper
  • 20Fraser
  • 21McLean
  • 23Carey
  • 26Oikonomou

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 18Maybury
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10Craig
  • 3McGivern
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forCollinsat 72'minutes
  • 7HarrisSubstituted forWatmoreat 64'minutes
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 63mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forHaynesat 84'minutes
  • 26Stanton
  • 23Forster

Substitutes

  • 6McPake
  • 11Cairney
  • 14Collins
  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Watmore
  • 33Haynes
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,850

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Hibernian 0.
Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).
Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).
Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Yoann Arquin (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Graham Carey replaces Jordan Slew.
Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Erik Cikos (Ross County).
Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Haynes replaces Jason Cummings.
Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Alex Cooper (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Daniel Handling.
Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).
Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).
Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alex Cooper (Ross County).
Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Duncan Watmore replaces Alex Harris.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Hibernian 0. Richard Brittain (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty Ross County. Jordan Slew draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Scott Robertson (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Stuart Kettlewell.
Attempt missed. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ben Gordon.
Attempt saved. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

Booking

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).
Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Richard Brittain (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).
Attempt saved. Richard Brittain (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).
Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Hibernian 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 0, Hibernian 0.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Alan Maybury.
Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Yann Songo'o.
Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).
Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Yoann Arquin (Ross County) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).
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