Hibernian can count themselves fortunate to still be in the Scottish Cup after Ross County fought back twice to earn a draw at Easter Road.
Colin Nish headed the hosts in front from close range early on before a ricochet off Hibs defender Ian Murray flew into his own net.
Derek Riordan smashed Hibs back in front before the interval.
However, County dominated the second period and Michael Gardyne drilled in a deserved second for the visitors.
The teams will meet again at Victoria Park on 23 March and Hibs will have to up their game for the trip to Dingwall if they have serious designs on ending their 108-year wait for Scottish Cup success.
The side with European ambitions shaded a lively first half but simply could not live with the Highlanders' drive and determination after the break.
The visitors began brightly as they enjoyed an impressive period of possession before winning a corner after two minutes.
Skipper Richard Brittain's delivery found Alex Keddie eight yards out but the defender's free header flew straight at home goalkeeper Graham Stack.
After six minutes the opening goal arrived, courtesy of a Hibs corner, won when Paul Hanlon's header was blocked.
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Goalkeeper Michael McGovern went chasing after the loose ball but found his path blocked by Nish, who was later on hand to divert Chris Hogg's shot into the net with his head.
McGovern made amends for his rash walkabout with two good saves to stop fierce strikes from Riordan.
On 15 minutes the scores were level when Martin Scott's long ball over the top caught the home rearguard flat-footed and when Stack raced out to block Gardyne's shot the rebound hit back-tracking Murray on the chest and carried into the net.
However, Hibs responded almost immediately, with Riordan getting the break of the ball from John Rankin's low pass into his feet before smashing a shot past McGovern from 16 yards.
County continued to cause Hibs problems and, five minutes before the interval, Iain Vigurs shot wide with the goal gaping after the home side made a mess of clearing a header from Andrew Barrowman
A rip-roaring first half ended with Rankin sending a 25-yard free-kick inches wide and a Riordan free-kick being charged down by the arms of two defenders in the County defensive wall, without referee Brian Winter noticing.
The second half continued at a whirlwind pace as Ross County right-back Gary Miller slid in to prevent Nish getting a clear view of goal near the penalty spot, while Vigurs saw his low, angled shot well saved by Stack, amid a flurry of attacks from the Dingwall side.
Hibs were being pushed back for long spells by the robust visitors but were always a threat on the break.
Nish latched on to a long pass from Riordan but his lob from the edge of the penalty area was just too heavy and brushed the roof of the net on its way over.
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County's tenacious pressing and probing paid off with 10 minutes remaining when Gardyne was left alone to gather a high ball in the penalty box and drilled in a splendid first-time effort into the far corner of the net.
A Vigurs header was easily gathered by Stack, while Gardyne skewed a shot on the turn wide from close range, with the Hibs defence all over the place.
Hanlon, who had been the one calm head in the home rearguard, then made a slip and Hibs survived an incredible melee inside the penalty box, which saw Murray make a marvellous goal-line clearance and a great block from Stack.
The frustrated home crowd greeted the final whistle with angry jeers, while the 1600 visiting fans were delighted and already looking forward to the replay.
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Saturday, 13 March 2010
Murray (og) 16
02 David Wotherspoon
11 Rankin (Danny Galbraith 59)
08 Stokes (Benjelloun 59)
10 Riordan yellow card
17 Danny Galbraith,
08 Lawson yellow card
10 Brittain yellow card
16 Di Giacomo
Ref: WinterAtt: 9,857
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:07 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+1:22 Richard Brittain concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Free kick crossed by Derek Riordan, clearance made
by Scott Boyd.
90:00+0:29 Unfair challenge on Abdessalam Benjelloun by Scott Boyd results in a free kick. Kevin McBride delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left channel, save by Michael McGovern.
89:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Scott on Chris Hogg. Free kick taken by Ian Murray.
Correction - 88:38 Martin Scott has a drilled shot. Save by Graham Stack.
88:38 Shot by Michael Gardyne. Save made by Graham Stack.
88:15 Martin Scott takes a shot. Clearance by Paul Hanlon.
86:51 The official flags Andrew Barrowman offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.
86:22 Centre by Richard Brittain, Close range effort by Michael Gardyne goes over the bar.
84:32 The ball is swung over by Gary Miller, Iain Vigurs takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
82:13 Richard Brittain takes a corner.
80:19 Andrew Barrowman challenges Kevin McBride unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Stack takes the direct free kick.
79:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Scott Boyd. Free kick taken by Michael McGovern.
78:37 Assist on the goal came from Scott Morrison.
78:37 GOAL - Michael Gardyne:Hibernian 2 - 2 Ross County Michael Gardyne finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-2 Ross County.
78:06 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Brittain from the left by-line played to the near post, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
77:55 Andrew Barrowman delivers the ball, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
75:35 Danny Galbraith handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Scott Morrison takes the free kick, The ball is delivered by Ian
74:02 Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Brittain. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Scott Morrison from
71:41 Handball by Martin Scott. Paul Hanlon takes the indirect free kick.
70:57 The ball is crossed by Danny Galbraith, save made by Michael McGovern.
70:14 Shot from just outside the box by Paul Lawson goes over the bar.
69:24 Shot from deep inside the area by Colin Nish clears the crossbar.
68:10 Derek Riordan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Michael McGovern makes a comfortable save.
68:10 Booking The referee cautions Paul Lawson for unsporting behaviour.
68:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McBride by Paul Lawson.
66:57 Foul by Colin Nish on Scott Boyd, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Scott Morrison.
64:50 The offside flag is raised against Abdessalam Benjelloun. Michael McGovern takes the indirect free kick.
63:06 Corner taken by Scott Morrison.
62:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdessalam Benjelloun on Scott Morrison. Michael McGovern takes the free kick.
61:19 Martin Scott produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
60:50 The official flags Derek Riordan offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Boyd.
59:26 Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Iain Vigurs results in a free kick. David Wotherspoon takes the free kick.
59:25 Substitution Abdessalam Benjelloun is brought on as a substitute for Anthony Stokes.
59:25 Substitution Danny Galbraith comes on in place of John Rankin.
56:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Gardyne by Paul Hanlon. Richard Brittain takes the direct free kick.
55:33 The referee blows for offside against Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Gary Miller.
54:42 Foul by Gary Miller on Colin Nish, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Derek Riordan.
53:53 Andrew Barrowman challenges Ian Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Stack takes the direct free kick.
52:42 Iain Vigurs takes a shot. Save made by Graham Stack.
50:05 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Michael McGovern.
45:24 Corner from the right by-line taken by Derek Riordan, clearance by Paul Lawson.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:00+2:32 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+1:09 Strike on goal comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick.
45:00+1:09 Booking Richard Brittain goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
45:00+1:04 Richard Brittain challenges John Rankin unfairly and gives away a free kick.
44:45+2:07 Booking Caution for Derek Riordan.
43:09 Unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Alexander Keddie results in a free kick. John Rankin has a direct shot on goal from the
42:22 Foul by Andrew Barrowman on Chris Hogg, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
40:37 The ball is crossed by Richard Brittain, Andrew Barrowman takes a shot. Colin Nish takes a shot from just inside the penalty
box which clears the crossbar.
38:42 Richard Brittain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Rankin. Free kick crossed by Ian Murray, clearance
by Gary Miller.
38:07 The ball is swung over by Colin Nish.
37:08 Liam Miller fouled by Martin Scott, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the direct free kick.
34:24 Richard Brittain delivers the ball, A cross is delivered by Scott Morrison. Clearance by David Wotherspoon.
Correction - 34:16 The ball is swung over by Richard Brittain, Centre by Scott Morrison. David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
32:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Scott Boyd. Michael McGovern takes the direct free kick.
31:40 John Rankin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Scott. Direct free kick taken by Martin Scott.
30:22 Foul by Michael Gardyne on Ian Murray, free kick awarded. Kevin McBride takes the free kick.
26:56 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Michael McGovern.
25:28 Centre by John Rankin, Michael McGovern makes a comfortable save.
Correction - 23:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Paul Hanlon. Scott Morrison produces a strike on goal direct
from the free kick.
23:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Paul Hanlon. Scott Morrison fires a strike on goal direct
from the free kick.
22:07 Inswinging corner taken by Richard Brittain from the left by-line.
21:26 Corner taken by Richard Brittain, Liam Miller makes a clearance.
20:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the left by-line.
Correction - 18:41 Assist on the goal came from John Rankin.
18:41 John Rankin provided the assist for the goal.
18:41 GOAL - Derek Riordan:Hibernian 2 - 1 Ross County Derek Riordan gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-1 Ross
18:10 The ball is crossed by Iain Vigurs, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
17:16 Richard Brittain takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by David Wotherspoon.
Correction - 15:54 GOAL - Ian Murray:Hibernian 1 - 1 Ross County Ian Murray puts the ball into his own net from 12 yards. Hibernian 1-1 Ross County.
15:54 GOAL - Paul Hanlon:Hibernian 1 - 1 Ross County Paul Hanlon concedes an own goal. Hibernian 1-1 Ross County.
Correction - 15:35 Michael Gardyne takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.
15:35 Michael Gardyne takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.
13:54 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Michael McGovern. Derek Riordan takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played
to the near post.
13:28 Effort from outside the penalty area by Martin Scott goes wide left of the target.
12:41 Handball decision goes against Anthony Stokes. Richard Brittain delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left
channel, Kevin McBride manages to make a clearance.
11:32 Scott Morrison delivers the ball.
8:10 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Michael McGovern.
7:26 Paul Lawson has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.
6:05 Chris Hogg provided the assist for the goal.
6:05 GOAL - Colin Nish:Hibernian 1 - 0 Ross County Colin Nish gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 Ross County.
4:20 Foul by Scott Morrison on Anthony Stokes, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by John Rankin from right
wing. Outswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan from the right by-line. Corner from right by-line taken by Derek Riordan.
3:46 The ball is crossed by Richard Brittain, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
2:15 Richard Brittain takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Alexander Keddie takes a shot.
Save by Graham Stack.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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