Despite the rain and the heavy wind, Ross County got off to a flying start with a 1-0 victory against their Edinburgh rivals Hibs in this closely fought SPFL Development League game.
With under a minute on the clock, Sean Brennan in the Hibs net had to be wary as Christopher McLaughlan's cross come shot was just a whisker away from hitting the target. But Brennan was soon to be tested three times in the space of four minutes.
First up, Blair Malcolm ran strongly towards goal before cleverly finding Greg Morrison with a neat through-ball, but Brennan held Morrison's shot comfortably. Next up, it was Malcolm's turn to unleash a powerful left footed drive which was expertly tipped round the post by the young keeper. Darren Holden was next, but his tame effort was easily gathered by Brennan.
Hibs' first real attack came 20 minutes in when Insall unleashed a drive from distance, but it was not enough to beat Mark Foden in the County goal. Just five minutes later the perseverance of the Staggies got a reward.
Holden's deep cross was headed away by Kevin Waugh, but only as far as Malcolm who showed us what he was capable of. The young winger unleashed a stunning left footed curler which he buried in the top left hand corner, beating the outstretched arm of Brennan to give County a deserved lead.
Morrison was causing the young Hibees all sorts of problems, but just could not find the net. Chances with a strong header and then a long range drive were passed up by the pacey striker just before the half hour mark.
But Hibs were not out of it yet. Farrid El-Alagui saw a powerful shot just tipped wide of the post by Foden, before Aaron Smith's low drive was again tipped round the post.