Scottish Championship
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Heart of Midlothian 10-0 Cowdenbeath

Hearts scored 10 goals without reply to condemn Cowdenbeath to the joint-heaviest defeat in their history and earn one of the most astonishing wins of the football season.

Genero Zeefuik scored a hat-trick in three first-half minutes, including two penalties - the second after Lewis Toshney was dismissed for Cowdenbeath.

The result matches Cowdenbeath's heaviest loss, 11-1 to Clyde in 1951.

But the hosts fell short of their record win - 21-0 over Anchor in 1880.

Memorable heavy defeats
Australia 31-0 American Samoa (World Cup qualifier, 2002)
Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord (Scottish Cup, 1885)
Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town (Premier League, 1995)
Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City (Premier League, 2008)
Brazil 1-7 Germany (World Cup 2014)

Following Zeefuik's treble, Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker added two more as Hearts stormed to a 5-0 half-time lead.

Morgaro Gomis scored a third penalty, Alim Ozturk and Danny Wilson netted further goals and Osman Sow added a brace to complete the scoring, as Robbie Neilson's side maintained their 20-point lead over Hibernian at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Billy King crashed a shot against the crossbar early on and team-mate Zeefuik scored his first from 12 yards after Kenny Adamson was penalised for handball.

Walker then set up Zeefuik to fire home his second and Toshney's foul on King quickly gave the Dutch forward the chance of a treble.

Toshney was shown a straight red card and Zeefuik netted again, with the game still less than half-an-hour old.

Two more Hearts goals followed before the break with both Nicholson and Walker scoring with right-foot shots from outside the box.

After the break, Thomas O'Brien upended Gomis, who added his name to the list of scorers by chipping the spot-kick down the middle.

A stunning strike from Ozturk soon made it seven, drilling a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Wilson tucked home in off the post following a corner midway through the second period.

Substitute Sow slammed in a ninth then ensured double figures with another effort into the bottom corner.

Sam Nicholson scores for Hearts against Cowdenbeath
Hearts stormed into a 5-0 half-time lead, after Cowdenbeath had a player dismissed
Morgaro Gomis scores a penalty for Hearts against Cowdenbeath
Gomis deftly scored from the penalty spot - Hearts' third of the match
Hearts defender Alim Ozturk celebrates after scoring against Cowdenbeath
Ozturk was also among Hearts' scorers, making it 7-0 to the home side

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4WilsonBooked at 90mins
  • 44Eckersley
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 6Gomis
  • 11Nicholson
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 60'minutes
  • 12KingSubstituted forKeatingsat 59'minutes
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forSowat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 15Gallacher
  • 19Keatings
  • 20Sow
  • 21Anderson
  • 22McKay
  • 30McGhee

Cowdenbeath

  • 17Thomson
  • 27ToshneyBooked at 29mins
  • 4O'Brien
  • 6Wedderburn
  • 14Brett
  • 7Robertson
  • 12KaneSubstituted forArmstrongat 45'minutes
  • 28HughesBooked at 83mins
  • 3AdamsonBooked at 25mins
  • 11HerronBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMilneat 71'minutes
  • 9NishBooked at 20mins

Substitutes

  • 5Armstrong
  • 8Milne
  • 10Higgins
  • 18Brownlie
  • 19Oyenuga
  • 20Miller
  • 25Sneddon
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
15,180

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home25
Away3
Shots on Target
Home15
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 10, Cowdenbeath 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 10, Cowdenbeath 0.

Attempt missed. Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian).

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath).

Booking

Declan Hughes (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Declan Hughes (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian).

Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

Attempt saved. Colin Nish (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 10, Cowdenbeath 0. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Keatings.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Lewis Milne replaces John Herron.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 9, Cowdenbeath 0. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Soufian El Hassnaoui.

Attempt blocked. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 8, Cowdenbeath 0. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kenny Adamson.

Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

Kenny Adamson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts26223174175769
2Hibernian26147551232849
3Rangers23143645242145
4Queen of Sth25117742291340
5Falkirk26101063935440
6Raith Rovers2596102942-1333
7Dumbarton2666142759-3224
8Alloa2646161937-1818
9Cowdenbeath2553172166-4518
10Livingston2645172540-1512
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