Ross County claim valuable point against Hibernian with 10 men after Randall red card
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Ross County saw out the final stages of their match against Hibernian with 10 men to earn a valuable point in Dingwall.
Connor Randall was sent off in the 79th minute, but the Hibees could not find a way through despite creating the better chances.
Six changes for the Staggies included a debut for on-loan Celtic goalkeeper Ross Doohan, while Hibernian rang the changes after their Betfred Cup victory at Forfar last Tuesday, swapping out nine of their starting line-up.
Hibs came inches away from opening the scoring with just five minutes on the clock.
County did not react quickly enough after clearing a corner to prevent a second ball into the danger area, and it fell to Kyle Magennis who hit the post from the edge of the box.
Martin Boyle then got in behind the defence, as he regularly would throughout the afternoon, to find himself one-on-one with Doohan, only to drag his shot wide of the mark.
It was a dominant spell for the visitors, who then saw Kevin Nisbet denied by a goalline clearance by Alex Iacovitti.
County began to grow into the game from there as proceedings settled down, but although there were some nice passing exchanges clear-cut chances remained few and far between.
Michael Gardyne looked to be the most likely to find the net, first shooting wide of the mark and then electing to tee up Charlie Lakin when it looked like he had time and space to pick his spot.
With most of the shots on goal being off target, it took until the 67th minute before either goalkeeper was seriously tested.
That man was Doohan, who had to be quick on his feet to deny Christian Doidge before parrying away Kevin Nisbet's follow up.
Doohan was forced into action again soon after from Stevie Mallan's shot on goal, but going into the latter stages of the match it was anyone's game to win.
The Staggies were reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute however, when Connor Randall was shown a red card.
Hibs were attempting to counter attack and launched the ball over the top of Randall for Boyle to run on to, but the defender misjudged the flight of the ball and instead took the Hibee down.
Referee Nick Walsh deemed him to be the last man, and having made no attempt to play the ball he was left with no option but to send the right back off.
The Staggies then naturally went defensive to try and see out the point, and without too much time to make the most of their man advantage they returned down the A9 with only a point to show for their efforts.