Ross County 0 - 1 Hibernian  (Scottish Cup)

Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 2,213
Referee: Craig Thomson
Ross County v Hibernian, Nov 30th 2013, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Hibernian

Goalscorers
None. Daniel Handling (31)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Scott Boyd
Branislav Micic
Brian McLean
Rocco Quinn
Stuart Kettlewell
Richard Brittain
Melvin De Leeuw
Graham Carey
Gary Glen
Kevin Luckassen
Ben Williams
Alan Maybury
Jordan Forster
Paul Hanlon
Ryan McGivern
Lewis Stevenson
Scott Robertson
James Collins
Daniel Handling
Liam Craig
Paul Cairney

Bench
Michael Fraser
Mihael Kovacevic
Steven Saunders
Marc Klok
Darren Maatsen
Steven Ross
Orhan Mustafi
Michael Nelson
Rowan Vine
Owain Tudur Jones
Tom Taiwo
Sean Murdoch
Abdellah Zoubir
Ross Caldwell

Substitutions
Steven Saunders for Branislav Micic (42)
Darren Maatsen for Gary Glen (63)
Mihael Kovacevic for Rocco Quinn (66)
Owain Tudor Jones for Scott Robertson (67)
Abdellah Taiwo for Daniel Handling (80)
Ross Caldwell for Abdellah Taiwo (93)

Bookings
Stuart Kettlewell (90)
Lewis Stevenson (32)
Paul Cairney (34)
Owain Tudor Jones (84)

Red Cards
None. Paul Cairney (70)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 31 apps -
Brian McLean 14 apps -
Branislav Micic 8 apps -
Scott Boyd 234 apps11 goals
Graham Carey 14 apps2 goals
Rocco Quinn 81 apps11 goals
Richard Brittain 222 apps46 goals
Stuart Kettlewell 142 apps9 goals
Melvin De Leeuw 14 apps3 goals
Kevin Luckassen 10 apps -
Gary Glen 34 apps3 goals
Steven Saunders (sub) 6 apps1 goal
Mihael Kovacevic (sub) 45 apps -
Darren Maatsen (sub) 9 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Luckassen (20 years 132 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (32 years 283 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 262 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Steven Ross (20 years 98 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (32 years 283 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 201 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Danny Handling's low first-half drive was enough for the visitors after good footwork from Liam Craig set him free in the box.

Hibs had to play the last 20 minutes a man down after Paul Cairney picked up a second yellow card for simulation.

The result was Terry Butcher's first win since taking over the Easter Road club.

Despite the fast pace of the opening exchanges, neither side was able to take control of the game and it took until 23 minutes for the first real test for either goalkeeper; Cairney firing a vicious shot into the hands of former Hibee Mark Brown.

Hibs opener was almost rugby-esque, with the home side thundering into challenges to keep pushing play further back. However, Craig eventually battled his way through, finding Handling free on the right and he fired low past Brown.

County suffered a further blow before half-time when Swiss defender Branislav Micic was carried off after going over on his ankle.
Hibs remained the more likely side in the second period, with a solid defence rarely being tested by their hosts.

They could have been 2-0 ahead when a mistake by Brittain gifted Scott Robertson the opportunity to have a free strike at goal, but his shot lacked any real power.

That sparked life into Adams' men. Rocco Quinn almost squeezed the ball into the net as County raced forward on the counter attack before Kevin Luckassen rattled the post with a header from Graham Carey's cross. The game was turned in its head when Cairney was given a second yellow card.

After drifting by two blue shirts, he only had the goalkeeper to beat but hit the deck with the referee deeming it was a dive without contact.

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