Late McMenamin strike earns victory

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Colin McMenamin's second-half strike settled a thriller

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Colin McMenamin's second-half strike settled a thriller

A late goal from Colin McMenamin, his first of the season, was enough to earn Ross County a 3-2 win over Hibernian - their first home victory in the SPL.

McMenamin came off the bench and made a big impact grabbing what proved to be the winner with seven minutes to spare.

In an entertaining match Leigh Griffiths gave Hibs the lead in the sixth minute but Stuart Kettlewell levelled three minutes later. Iain Vigurs then gave County the lead in the 34th minute before Hibs equalised through James McPake on the stroke of half time.

The match looked to be heading for a draw in an equally entertaining second half but super-sub McMenamin popped up with the winner.

In the first real attack, David Wotherspoon cut inside and floated a shot just over Michael Fraser's crossbar. But the visitors went ahead in the sixth minute when Wotherspoon slipped the ball through to Griffiths who drilled the ball past Fraser from 10 yards for his seventh goal of the season.

County got back on level terms three minutes later after they won a corner kick on the left. Richard Brittain swung the ball in and Kettlewell got the final touch to fire high into the net.

The home side were enjoying a good spell and they went ahead 11 minutes from the break when Vigurs beat Ben Williams to a high ball and he nipped in behind to side foot the ball into the empty net.

But in the last minutes of the first half Hibs hit back. Griffiths curled in a free kick from the left and McPake volleyed home from 12 yards.

Play was more subdued at the start of the second half with chances few and far between at either end. But Hibs threatened in the 57th minute when a dangerous cross from Ryan McGivern had to be nodded behind for a corner by Grant Munro.

The goal was in the balance and it was County who got their noses in front seven minutes from the end when a long ball from Scott Boyd was knocked on by Gary Glen and McMenamin finished close in for his first goal of the season.

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