SPL: Ivan Sproule scored against his old side Hibs to net Ross County a 1-0 win
Last Updated: 30/01/13 11:46pm
Ivan Sproule: Subdued in celebration against former club
Ivan Sproule scored against his old side to earn Ross County a deserved 1-0 victory over Hibernian in the SPL at the Global Energy Stadium.
It was County's third win in their last four matches and puts them 14 points ahead of the league's bottom club Dundee, with a game in hand.
County were the first to threaten when Sproule backheeled a strong cross from Michael Kovacevic towards goal but it was easily cleared. Then Rocco Quinn blasted a long-range shot over the crossbar as the home side started well.
Former Hibees player Sproule looked in the mood against his former team and he fired towards Ben Williams' near post - but the goalkeeper did well to smother the shot.
At the other end Leigh Griffiths evaded his marker on the right but his shot failed to test Mark Brown and ended up in the side-netting.
Eoin Doyle almost prised open the County defence with a diagonal ball but Griffiths just failed to keep it in play at the far post.
However, it was the home side who took the lead in the 36th minute when a defence-splitting pass from Iain Vigurs found Sproule in space and the winger rounded Williams and stroked the ball into the empty net.
County produced the first opening of the second half when Kovacevic squared the ball for Quinn - but the midfielder's shot from the edge of the 18-yard box was straight at Williams.
A cross into the Hibs box from Sproule in the 65th minute fell for Vigurs but his ball back across goal was cleared to safety.
German striker Steffen Wohlfarth made his debut in the 70th minute when he replaced the injured Sproule.
Hibs had claims for a penalty turned down in the third minute of injury time when Griffiths tangled with Kovacevic but referee Bobby Madden saw nothing amiss and the home side were able to hold on for the three points.