Lennon’s players had been forced to haul themselves level after Michael Gardyne had fired the Staggies into a shock lead, Hibs skipper David Gray cancelling out that strike just five minutes later.
But the Capital side found themselves behind again as Nigerian internationalist Ambrose allowed the ball to break off his body before being adjudged to have fouled County striker Declan McManus. Josh Mullin put the Championship outfit ahead for a second time from the spot but Stevie Mallan claimed a second for Hibs with his sixth goal of the season before new boy Daryl Horgan fired home a dramatic winner in added-on time to seal a 3-2 win and set up a quarter-final clash with Aberdeen.
Lennon had made six changes to the team which was knocked out of the Europa League by Norwegian club Molde three days earlier, a move which, he admitted, led to his side’s play being a bit fragmented but while delighted to have eventually won, he was less than happy with Ambrose. He said: “We gifted them goals, Efe has to stop it. The second goal was a piece of
nonsense, it was uncalled for and we had a bit of a wobble after that penalty.
The players have plenty of character, which is great. But it is almost as if we wake them up from a slumber.