Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Hibernian 3-2 Ross County: Daryl Horgan's late goal sets up Aberdeen tie

Hibs goalscorers David Gray and Daryl Horgan
David Gray and Daryl Horgan both scored as Hibs reached the League Cup quarter finals

Daryl Horgan's 91st-minute goal ensured Hibernian edged a five-goal thriller against Ross County to set-up a League Cup quarter final with Aberdeen.

Premiership side Hibs twice trailed their Championship visitors.

Michael Gardyne's deflected effort was cancelled out by Hibs captain David Gray's header, and Stevie Mallan rifled in after Josh Mullin scored a penalty following Efe Ambrose's foul.

And, as extra-time loomed, Horgan scored his first Hibs goal to seal it.

Composed County undone at the death

This was a really good contest and it quickly became apparent that Hibs would not have things all their own way.

They were slow out of the traps, perhaps as a consequence of the half-dozen changes made to the team after Thursday night's Europa League loss in Molde and the disappointment that defeat caused.

And Neil Lennon's side were made to pay as Gardyne deservedly put County in front, taking aim from distance and benefitting from a deflection as the ball fizzed into the net.

The Championship could easily have fallen out of the game after Hibs levelled first time around - Gray rising highest to head home Horgan's cross.

But they dug in and belied their status with some composed passing to carve their hosts open again, this time Declan McManus forcing Efe Ambrose into a foul and Mullin converting the subsequent penalty.

Once more Hibs, though, got themselves level. This time, Stevie Mallan's powerful effort from outside the box - his sixth of the season - beat goalkeeper Scott Fox.

And Lennon's side won it when the County defence gave Horgan too much time to pick his spot from the edge of the box.

Michael Gardyne after scoring for Ross County
Michael Gardyne gave Ross County a first-half lead

'Horgan will be key for Hibs' - analysis

It might be something of a concern to Lennon that it took the shock of going behind to spark his side into life.

But signings Horgan, Mallan and Emerson Hyndman all played key creative roles as Hibs' class told. Horgan, especially, looks like he will be a big player, with his ability to shoot and cross with either foot.

Hibs will have far easier games against Premiership opposition this season and, in many respects, County remain a top-flight club in all but name.

Their squad still consists of largely top-flight players and if they can reproduce this level of performance consistently, they will be back there before long.

'I took a calculated risk' - reaction

Hibs manager Neil Lennon: "We made hard work of it. I changed the team and the formation, so I took a bit of a calculated risk, but we changed it back and it paid off."

County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell: "It is a difficult one to take. We can't criticise the players and we feel they proved a point after the disappointment of relegation last season."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 2Gray
  • 25Ambrose
  • 36Porteous
  • 16Stevenson
  • 26MartinSubstituted forWhittakerat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Mallan
  • 20HyndmanSubstituted forMaclarenat 64'minutes
  • 7HorganSubstituted forHanlonat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Boyle
  • 32Shaw

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Hanlon
  • 8Slivka
  • 9Maclaren
  • 11Swanson
  • 17Agyepong
  • 41Dabrowski

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2FraserSubstituted forDemetriouat 73'minutes
  • 5MorrisBooked at 45mins
  • 15Watson
  • 3Kelly
  • 14Mullin
  • 8LindsaySubstituted forCowieat 55'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 6DraperBooked at 28mins
  • 11VigursBooked at 1mins
  • 7Gardyne
  • 10McManusSubstituted forGrahamat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mckay
  • 12Demetriou
  • 17Keillor-Dunn
  • 19Graham
  • 21Munro
  • 22Dingwall
  • 26Cowie
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
7,452

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Ross County 2.

Booking

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Stelios Demetriou (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Hanlon replaces Daryl Horgan.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Ross County 2. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Declan McManus.

Delay in match Stelios Demetriou (Ross County) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Keith Watson.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Don Cowie (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Don Cowie (Ross County).

Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Stelios Demetriou replaces Marcus Fraser because of an injury.

Delay in match Marcus Fraser (Ross County) because of an injury.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Ross County 2. Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Stevenson.

Attempt missed. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jamie Maclaren replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Ross County 2. Josh Mullin (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Ross County. Declan McManus draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Don Cowie (Ross County).

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Don Cowie replaces Jamie Lindsay because of an injury.

Foul by Oli Shaw (Hibernian).

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) because of an injury.

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