Hibernian 3-0 Ross County: Hibs heads to Rijeka “with conviction” after resounding victory
Jack Ross says Hibernian will travel “with the belief” that they can beat Rijeka after a 3-0 victory over Ross County which took them to the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Hibs joined Aberdeen and Hearts at the top after goals from Martin Boyle, Kyle Magennis and Christian Doidge.
Ross’s side are tied 1-1 halfway through their Europa League third qualifying round, with the second leg in Croatia on Thursday.
“I don’t think we can go in a better frame of mind,” he said.
“We will go there with the belief that we can win.”
County was not absent as an attacking force, but just couldn’t keep up with Hibs at times and are still waiting for a first win, one goal and one shot on target in the league under Malky Mackay.
Two Boyle crosses had turned threatening as the winger took control with a 30-yard shot that buckled Ross Laidlaw after a desperate intervention from Coll Donaldson.
Head coach Jack Ross had said last week that Josh Doig was “very likely” to leave Hibs amid the reported interest from Watford and Burnley, but no deal has yet been reached left-back is back to normal. He grabbed onto Jamie Murphy’s pass and crossed for Magennis to move towards Hibs second.
And it was a delivery from the opposite side that again left County unfinished as Doidge applied the finishing touches to Paul McGinn’s center.
Jordan White had led a County First Chance and Ross Callachan took off for the visitors.
But those were only fleeting moments of respite for the Highlanders, who were fortunate enough to avoid a harsher half-time scoreline after Murphy and Doidge moved closer.
Doidge, who replaced Kevin Nisbet in the starting lineup, had another effort deflected widely during continued pressure from the Hibs in the second period.
The margin of victory allowed Ross’s side to overtake city rivals Hearts and Aberdeen on goal difference and these are just the three teams with a 100% Premiership record after two games.
Man of the Match – Martin Boyle
What have we learned?
If the Hibs are to progress in Europe, they’ll have to show the same clinical finish that knocked their visitors down from Dingwall.
The fitness of Nisbet and Paul Hanlon, who was struck to the head at the break, is cause for concern, but they approach Thursday’s game with great confidence.
Despite a midweek flurry of signings, the visitors started off on similar bases to last week’s draw with St Johnstone, but Jack Burroughs, David Cancola and Harry Clarke made their debuts in the second half. It is still a work in progress in the county.
What did they say?
Hibernian Head Coach Jack Ross: “My players have been great. Just a brilliant afternoon for us. It’s a really positive start.
“Martin Boyle has been brilliant since he came to the club. He’s as good as anyone in this country in that position when he’s in this type of form. Josh Doig was great. high level.”
Ross County Director Malky Mackay: “We lost an unfortunate goal in terms of deflection and then it was a crazy 10 minutes when we lost two more.
“Another day we could have lost five or six. Being brave in the second half was something I asked them to do and something they did for me.”
Hibernian will travel to Croatia for the second leg of their Europa Conference League third qualifying round with Rijeka on Thursday (7:00 p.m. BST), then host Kilmarnock in the League Cup second round next Sunday (2:00 p.m.).
The county has a nearly two-week hiatus until its next home game against the Rangers on Aug.21 (3:00 p.m.), when crowds will once again be allowed.
- 4HanlonReplaced byMcgregorTo 45 ‘minutes
- 22Doyle hayes
- tenBoyleReplaced byMacKayTo 71 ‘minutes
- 18MurphyReplaced byAllanTo 79 ‘minutes
- 25DonaldsonReplaced byClarkeTo 45 ‘minutesBooked at 56 minutes
- 6PatonReplaced byBurroughsTo 45 ‘minutes
- 8CallachanReplaced byCancolaTo 75 ‘minutesBooked at 90 minutes
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Match Ends, Hibernian 3, Ross County 0.
Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Ross County 0.
Coin, Hibernian. Licensed by David Cancola.
David Cancola (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jake Doyle-Hayes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Cancola (Ross County).
Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Passed by Kyle Magennis from a center.
Coin, Hibernian. Licensed by Harry Clarke.
Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).
Free kick wonJack Burroughs (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Failed attempt. Alex Iacovitti (Ross County) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Passed by Regan Charles-Cook from a center.
Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Allan replaces Jamie Murphy.
Foul by Ryan Porteous (Hibernian).
Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).
Jordan White (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Ross County. David Cancola replaces Ross Callachan.
Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel MacKay replaces Martin Boyle.
Ryan Porteous (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jack Burroughs (Ross County) foul.