County up to 10th after victory at listless Hibs

County up to 10th after victory at listless Hibs

George Harmon scored his second goal in four days to put County on course for victory

Ross County added to their revival by comfortably beating Hibernian to record their first back-to-back Scottish Premier League wins since March.

As a nondescript first half drew to a close, George Harmon met Yan Dhanda’s cross to put the clinical visitors ahead.

The left-back turned creator for others when he picked out Alex Iacovitti to stroke home.

County move up to 10th, while Hibs slip to sixth after a fifth defeat in six.

Hibs started with the fast tempo promised by manager Lee Johnson, although they did very little with it. County didn’t create much either, and were happy to sit back and let the hosts’ attacks flow.

The first real chance came for the visitors in the 41st minute when Owura Edwards chipped past Lewis Stevenson to cross for Jordan White, but Paul Hanlon made a vital block to divert the ball.

Malky Mackay’s men took the next opportunity that came their way. Dhanda crossed to an unmarked Harmon and – for the second time in two games – made no mistake, hitting a shot at the back post that nestled into the net.

Hibs responded by bringing on Elie Youan and Josh Campbell, but that did little to brighten their fortunes. In fact, it was Rocky Bushiri who came closest, hitting a powerful effort at Ross Laidlaw for the County keeper to collect easily.

The visitors doubled their lead 20 minutes from time. Josh Sims dragged a lovely ball into Harmon who jumped to the byline, pulled back to an unmarked Iacovitti and his finish was cool and determined.

It was another lackluster performance from Hibs, while County moved out of the bottom two.

Player of the Match – George Harmon

A goal and an assist from a player who takes to top-flight Scottish football like a duck to water.
A goal and an assist from a player who takes to top-flight Scottish football like a duck to water.

Hibs struggle without Boyle as county’s resurgence continues – analysis

A pretty brutal watch for a Hibs fan. Lots of possession to talk about, but only four shots on goal and no edge.

When Martin Boyle harries about there is a threat to it, some direction. When someone else in a Hibs shirt does that, they’re a rabbit in the headlights.

Five defeats in six games means trouble for any manager and Johnson will not be exempt from the heat.

County weren’t at their attacking best but they played their game perfectly, taking the chances that fell their way and slowing it down at every opportunity.

The Highlanders don’t miss Ben Purrington as much as they feared either. Harmon has been superb in the last two games, and once again Mackay’s signing is to be applauded.

What did they say?

Hibernian boss Lee Johnson: “I don’t think it was a lack of effort. We huffed and puffed but there was a serious lack of quality, lack of decision-making.

“It was a very good away performance that did a job on us and it’s really disappointing. There will be criticism and that’s fair. We all want to do well for Hibs, so we have to come out and fight against Kilmarnock. “

Ross County manager Malky Mackay: “I’m happy for the players because they’ve played so well in recent weeks and not really got the reward.

“To keep a clean sheet and score twice is fantastic and the courage we showed in the first half to get on the ball so much shows the confidence they have.”

What comes next?

Hibs travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday while County visit Celtic Park (both 15:00 GMT) in the final round of Premier League games before the World Cup break.

Player of the match

JohnsonCallum Johnson


  1. Team number1Player nameMarshall

  2. Team number33Player nameBushiri

  3. Team number16Player nameStevenson

  4. Team number4Player nameHanlon

  5. Team number5Player namePorteous

  6. Team number12Player nameCadden

  7. Team number20Player nameMelkersen

  8. Team number11Player nameNewell

  9. Team number32Player nameCampbell

  10. Team number99Player nameKukharevych

  11. Team number19Player nameMitchell

  12. Team number6Player nameKenneth

  13. Team number18Player nameHenderson

  14. Team number23Player nameYou one

  15. Team number10Player nameJair Tavares

Ross County

  1. Team number12Player nameJohnson

  2. Team number16Player nameHarmon

  3. Team number14Player nameLottery

  4. Team number6Player nameIacovitti

  5. Team number22Player nameTillson

  6. Team number7Player nameEdwards

  7. Team number10Player nameDhanda

  8. Team number15Player nameWatson

  9. Team number4Player nameCancola

  10. Team number30Player nameSmith

  11. Team number1Player nameLaidlaw

  12. Team number11Player nameSims

  13. Team number26Player nameWhite

  14. Team number18Player nameAkio

  15. Team number19Player nameHiwula-Mayifuila



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Marshall
  • 5Porteous
  • 33Bushiri
  • 4Hanlon
  • 12Cadden
  • 18HendersonSubstituted forVieira Tavareson 58′minutes
  • 6KennethSubstituted forCampbellon 45′minutes
  • 11Newell
  • 19MitchellSubstituted forStevensonon 39′minutes
  • 99KukharevychBooked in 30 minSubstituted forYou oneon 45′minutes
  • 20Melkersen


  • 3Cabraja
  • 10Vieira Tavares
  • 16Stevenson
  • 21Dabrowski
  • 23You one
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Fish
  • 32Campbell
  • 47Aiken

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 12Johnson
  • 15WatsonBooked in 58 min
  • 6Iacovitti
  • 16HarmonBooked in 75 min
  • 4CancolaSubstituted forSmithon 88′minutes
  • 14Lottery
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forSimson 63′minutes
  • 22TillsonBooked at 22 min
  • 10DhandaSubstituted forAkioon 72′minutes
  • 26WhiteSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaon 89′minutes


  • 9Samuel
  • 11Sims
  • 17Olaigbe
  • 18Akio
  • 19Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 21Munro
  • 30Smith
  • 31Eastwood

Alan Muir


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