Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 2-0 Ross County

Inverness CT move back into the top six with first-half goals from Miles Storey and Greg Tansey downing Ross County in the 50th Highland derby.

The opener came from a corner when James Vincent's shot was diverted beyond Scott Fox by Storey.

Tansey's floated free-kick doubled the hosts' advantage just before half-time.

Fox denied Storey superbly when he tipped a fierce drive on to the bar as John Hughes' side stretched their unbeaten run to five games.

The question most people considered pre-match was how County would cope without stricken striker Liam Boyce, who was ruled out with a hand injury.

Alex Schalk came in and was soon joined in attack by Brian Graham, after Craig Curran also succumbed to injury.

That duo's lack of match action seemed to take its toll on their ability to be cutting in the final third.

It was highly competitive in the early stages with the visitors giving the impression that they would take the initiative, Rocco Quinn blasting an effort over.

The two full-backs then combined when Jamie Reckord found Richard Foster racing towards the box, but his drive flew narrowly wide.

It was the home side who provided the first decisive act when a corner was cleared to Vincent. He struck from the edge of the box with Storey alert enough to deflect in his eighth goal of the season.

The visitors began to hem Inverness in a little and an equaliser almost arrived when Andrew Davies headed a corner powerfully towards goal. But Owain Fon Williams was in the right place to save.

County manager Jim McIntyre's half-time team talk might have changed significantly after Tansey doubled the lead immediately before the break.

He looked to curl a free-kick from the angle of the box into a dangerous area and the flight of the ball was perfect, finding the far corner after a number of bodies tried in vain to connect.

It was the midfielder's seventh goal of the season, and his third set-piece strike in two matches.

As County tried to find a route through a stout defence, Storey almost put the result beyond doubt with a lovely effort which Fox superbly tipped on to the bar.

County responded and David Raven had to react to clear near the goal-line before Martin Woods tested Fon Williams from close range.

Some bizarre defending gave Reckord a late opportunity but he completely lacked composure and thumped the ball high and wide.

The home side might have extended their lead when Liam Polworth and Iain Vigurs both had opportunities.

But Inverness looked comfortable for the most part and suggested they're capable of a positive second half of the season given recent form.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenBooked at 79mins
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3TremarcoSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 16Tansey
  • 15WedderburnBooked at 33minsSubstituted forVigursat 53'minutes
  • 20Polworth
  • 8Draper
  • 4VincentSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 89'minutes
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Lopez Robles
  • 11Roberts
  • 19Williams
  • 27Vigurs
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 12Foster
  • 5BoydBooked at 54mins
  • 15Davies
  • 3Reckord
  • 4QuinnSubstituted forFranksat 57'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 7Gardyne
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forDe Vitaat 66'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forGrahamat 18'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fraser
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 21Woods
  • 24De Vita
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
5,388

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Ross County 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jonathan Franks.

Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces James Vincent.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Jamie Reckord (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ross Draper.

Hand ball by Danny Devine (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Carl Tremarco because of an injury.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

David Raven (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by James Vincent.

Attempt missed. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Martin Woods (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Raffaele De Vita replaces Alex Schalk.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20144248163246
2Aberdeen21134434201443
3Hearts21107436241237
4St Johnstone209473531431
5Ross County2293103633330
6Inverness CT217772930-128
7Dundee216873136-526
8Motherwell207492328-525
9Partick Thistle206681924-524
10Hamilton2165102837-923
11Kilmarnock2256112441-1721
12Dundee Utd2124151841-2310
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