Teen Oli Shaw used to be the hero as Hibernian got here from in the back of to defeat Ross County 2-1 and make sure the Staggies will spend Christmas Day on the backside of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
The 19-year-old bagged his 3rd senior purpose for the membership to in the end damage the resistance of cussed County and make sure Neil Lennon’s fees head into Wednesday’s Edinburgh derby with a five-point merit over Hearts.
The desk makes altogether extra bleak studying for the relegation-threatened guests, who noticed Craig Curran’s opener burnt up by means of Anthony Stokes’ 100th top-flight purpose in Scottish soccer as they plummeted to 12th spot.
Lennon made two adjustments from the facet battered Four-1 by means of Aberdeen of their ultimate day out, with Marvin Bartley and Simon Murray dropped to the bench to get replaced by means of Stokes and Shaw.
County, in the meantime, introduced Ross Draper, Billy McKay and Andrew Davies into the facet rather than Jamie Lindsay, Jim O’Brien and the suspended Michael Gardyne as Owen Coyle set his stall out to punish the hosts at the counter-attack.
That plan labored to perfection after 15 mins when Jason Naismith’s raking deep pass discovered Chris Eagles unmarked on the a long way publish. The previous -Manchester United guy picked out Curran, who directed a neat close-range end past Ofir Marciano.
Alternatively, Hibs hit again straight away via Stokes, who directed a medical header into the online from 10 yards after he used to be picked out by means of a nice clipped supply by means of Dylan McGeouch.
The hosts became the screw as they sought to finish the turnaround previous to half-time. A blinding, mazy run from Brandon Barker, beginning at the fringe of his personal field, culminated in a formidable low power which compelled a pointy low forestall from Scott Fox.
Stokes then latched onto any other magnificent cross-field go by means of McGeouch however, as he hared via on purpose, he may just most effective ruin his left-footed effort wildly over the crossbar.
Hibs had been within the ascendancy from the outset in the second one duration however struggled to penetrate a well-drilled County again line, with the capital membership limited to drives from distance by means of John McGinn and Stokes.
Once they did in the end carve the guests open, Martin Boyle fluffed his strains. Stokes freed the winger with an incisive go however he may just most effective shoot instantly into the chest of the onrushing Fox.
Alternatively, Hibs’ drive in the end paid off after 75 mins when Barker produced any other excellent surge down the left flank earlier than whipping a nice pass in opposition to the close to publish, the place Shaw used to be readily available to overcome Fox with an instinctive shot.