Ross County 0
Hibernian 1
Scottish Cup (Fourth Round)

Ross County
0 - 1

Scottish Cup (Fourth Round)
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Global Energy Stadium. Att. 2,213
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Daniel Handling (31)

Team Managers
Derek Adams
Terry Butcher

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

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

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)

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

Red Cards
None. Paul Cairney (70)
Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

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.

Squad Statistics (as at November 30th, 2013)

2013/14 All Time
Mark Brown (GK)32 15 - 31 -
Scott Boyd27 10 - 23411
Branislav Micic23 7 - 8 -
Brian McLean28 14 - 14 -
Melvin De Leeuw25 143143
Stuart Kettlewell29 1511429
Richard Brittain30 13422246
Rocco Quinn27 1528111
Graham Carey24 142142
Kevin Luckassen20 10 - 10 -
Gary Glen23 6 - 343
Mihael Kovacevic (sub)25 12 - 45 -
Steven Saunders (sub)22 6161
Darren Maatsen (sub)22 9191

League Table (as at November 30th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.