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Live: Ross County reduced to 10 men in final stages of Premiership match against Hibernian


By Andrew Henderson

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Full time thoughts

You can't blame County for trying to hold on to the point once they went down to 10 men, but it robbed them of what could have been an end-to-end last 10 minutes.

Both teams were giving as good as they got, and really after an early dominant spell for Hibs there wasn't much between the sides.

The negatives for the Staggies are a possible injury to Coll Donaldson as well as the red card, but there were big positives in a clean sheet on debut for Ross Doohan and the return to action of Tom Grivosti, who has not played since October 2019.

Full time: Ross County 0–0 Hibernian

92' Hanlon rises highest to meet Mallan's free kick, but his header is just off target.

90' There will be at least four minutes of added time here in Dingwall.

89' Tillson replaces Paton, just to reinforce that the Staggies are going more defensive at this stage.

86' Stewart booked, looks like County are going to try and hold on for a point now.

81' Possibly unsurprisingly after going in the book, Gardyne has now come off to be replaced by Billy Mckay.

79' County down to 10 men!

Connor Randall has been sent off for a professional foul, after taking down Boyle as Hibs tried to counter attack.

The referee has deemed him to be the last man making no attempt to play the ball, and has shown him the red card.

County are furious, and Gardyne is booked for dissent in the aftermath.

77' Double change for County as Donaldson goes down. Not the circumstances he would have liked, but it's a chance to make a welcome return for Grivosti after a year out of action.

Stephen Kelly is the other man to come on, replacing Lakin.

71' Another good save from Doohan, this time to deny Mallan after the midfielder was teed up on the edge of the box by Doidge.

67' Doohan has to be on alert as the offside flag stays down for Doidge, closing the space well to make a solid stop.

That is not the end of the danger though as Nisbet follows up with another effort at goal, which Doohan again parries away.

64' First substitution of the afternoon as Stevie Mallan replaces Kyle Magennis for Hibs.

61' Charles-Cook and Boyle is an interesting battle on that wing.

Both men are attack-minded, but both have been tracking back when needed to cover the other.

On this occasion, Boyle gets a block in as Charles-Cook attempts a cross, with the ball falling to Paton who curls a shot wide.

53' The visitors want a penalty for Charles-Cook's challenge on Nisbet.

The County man got a touch on the ball but caught the man as well, giving the referee a decision to make, but Nick Walsh just waved play on.

50' Newell's corner goes into the middle where Doidge meets in, but he is never at a good angle to force the ball goalwards.

The second half has begun here in Dingwall!

Half time thoughts

Both teams have had spells where they have had more of the ball, but there is no doubt that it's Hibs who have come the closest to scoring.

Boyle looks a constant threat down the right flank for the visitors, with three at the back for County always likely to leave space out wide for the opposition to exploit.

So far though, they have largely dealt with balls into the box well, and they are threatening to look dangerous going forward.

Gardyne had the best chance to score in the half but decided to pass it – only he will know why – while there has been some nice passing exchanges that could lead to something after the interval.

Half time: Ross County 0–0 Hibernian

44' Nisbet looked to be through on goal, but rushes his shot as it appears to sit up for a volley and wildly misses the target.

42' Hibs' Newell receives the first caution of the match for taking down Paton.

41' Shot from distance by Lakin stings the palms of Marciano. After his mistakes in the international break it may not have been a bad idea from the on-loan Birmingham man.

35' One-two between Stewart and Paton gives the former the chance to shoot, but again it is off -target.

27' Good passing play from County, who are starting to look more dangerous in attack.

Charles-Cook's run took a defender away from Gardyne, giving him the freedom to move inside, but instead of shooting he tries to tee up Lakin who skies his effort.

24' Nice link-up play between Stewart and Gardyne, who have been passing it well between them, but Gardyne's shot ends up well wide of the mark.

14' Off the line from Iacovitti as the County defender denies Premiership top scorer Nisbet from adding to his tally for the season.

12' Boyle beats the offside trap to latch on to a long ball over the top of the home defence, going clear through on goal, but the Hibee drags his shot wide of the mark.

5' Unlucky for Magennis!

Hibs hit the woodwork after the Staggies fail to react to the ball going back out wide from a corner.

It works it's way back out to the edge of the area where Kyle Magennis unleashes a strike at goal – only to see it bounce back off the inside of the post towards a blue shirt.

We have kick off as Nick Walsh gets us started here in Dingwall!

20 minutes to kick off – the teams!

There is a big call from Stuart Kettlewell just from an immediate glance at the teamsheets, with Ross Doohan coming into the starting 11 for his debut in place of Ross Laidlaw.

In total the Staggies manager makes six changes as it looks like he reverts to a back three, with Carl Tremarco, Jordan Tillson, Jermaine Hylton and Billy Mckay dropping to the substitutes bench while Callum Morris is missing altogether through injury

Keith Watson, Alex Iacovitti, Iain Vigurs, Harry Paton and Michael Gardyne are the names coming into the team alongside Doohan.

Ross County: 21. Ross Doohan, 2. Connor Randall, 7. Michael Gardyne, 11. Iain Vigurs, 15. Keith Watson, 16. Alex Iacovitti, 17. Regan Charles-Cook, 19. Charlie Lakin, 24. Harry Paton, 25. Coll Donaldson, 27. Ross Stewart.

Substitutes: 1. Ross Laidlaw, 3. Carl Tremarco, 8. Oli Shaw, 9. Billy Mckay, 10. Michael O'Connor, 12. Tom Grivosti, 14. Jermaine Hylton, 18. Stephen Kelly, 22. Jordan Tillson.

Hibernian: 1. Ofir Marciano, 4. Paul Hanlon, 5. Ryan Porteous, 6. Paul McGinn, 7. Kyle Magennis, 9. Christian Doidge, 10. Martin Boyle, 11. Joe Newell, 13. Alex Gogic, 15. Kevin Nisbet, 16. Lewis Stevenson.

Substitutes: 33. Dillon Barnes, 2. David Gray, 14. Stevie Mallan, 19. Jamie Gullan, 20. Melker Hallberg, 22. Stephen McGinn, 24. Darren McGregor, 26. Sean Mackie, 29. Ryan Shanley.



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