Boyce scores four as Ross County push rivals Inverness nearer drop

Liam Boyce

Liam Boyce has now scored five hat-tricks in Ross County’s colours

Liam Boyce bagged four goals as Ross County won the Highland derby to increase Inverness Caley Thistle’s relegation fears.

The striker pounced on keeper Ryan Esson’s error to net the opener and made it 2-0 with a brilliant header.

Boyce scored twice from the spot after the break, with ICT’s Liam Polworth sent off for giving away the second.

The result leaves bottom-of-the-Premiership Inverness five points behind Dundee with four games to play.

County, meanwhile, move up to sixth spot on 36 points, one above Kilmarnock who visit Hamilton on Saturday.

Match report to follow

Boyce makes it 4-0<!–

Boyce scored his third and fourth goals from the penalty spot

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Match ends, Ross County 4, Inverness CT 0.

Second Half ends, Ross County 4, Inverness CT 0.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan Esson.

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Anier (Inverness CT).

Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Anier (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Henri Anier (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Anier (Inverness CT).

Jim O’Brien (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Louis Laing (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Kenny van der Weg.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Substitution, Ross County. Dylan Dykes replaces Tim Chow.

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Alex Fisher (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christopher Routis (Ross County).

Alex Fisher (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tim Chow (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Attempt blocked. Christopher Routis (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Attempt blocked. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Reghan Tumility (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ross Draper replaces Iain Vigurs.

Substitution, Ross County. Reghan Tumility replaces Liam Boyce.

Substitution, Ross County. Christopher Routis replaces Martin Woods.

Goal! Ross County 4, Inverness CT 0. Liam Boyce (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Ross County. Ryan Dow draws a foul in the penalty area.

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

Hand ball by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Substitution, Inverness CT. Henri Anier replaces David Raven.

Tim Chow (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tim Chow (Ross County).

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