Scottish Championship
Hearts4Dumbarton0

Heart of Midlothian 4-0 Dumbarton

Hearts produced a stirring second-half display at Tynecastle to maintain their assault towards the Scottish Championship title.

Osman Sow's left-foot strike in the 53rd minute broke the deadlock before Danny Wilson headed home Billy King's cross 15 minutes later.

And King scored two late goals to underline Hearts's dominance.

The Jambos are 17 points ahead of second-placed Hibernian and have a game in hand over their Edinburgh rivals.

Sam Nicholson and Sow both tested visiting goalkeeper Danny Rogers early on while Adam Eckersley and Callum Paterson blazed efforts over the crossbar.

Sow forced a stunning save from Rogers just before the half-hour mark, with the keeper tipping a long-range effort onto the crossbar before recovering to deny Genero Zeefuik a tap-in.

The hosts went ahead eight minutes after the break when Sow lashed in from close range after Dumbarton failed to deal with a Nicholson corner.

The Sons were denied a leveller when Wilson produced a fine block to thwart Andrew Graham following a corner and Wilson put the result beyond doubt 21 minutes from time when he headed in from King's corner.

King rounded the win off in style, first slaloming his way through a host of challenges and firing past Rogers before racing into the area to slot under the keeper.

Former Hearts players pause to remember the late Dave Mackay, arguably the club's greatest player
Former Hearts players pause to remember the late Dave Mackay, arguably the club's greatest player

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 6Gomis
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forKingat 61'minutes
  • 20SowSubstituted forKeatingsat 61'minutes
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 19Keatings
  • 21Anderson
  • 22McKay
  • 30McGhee

Dumbarton

  • 1Rogers
  • 22WilsonSubstituted forGilhaneyat 77'minutes
  • 4Graham
  • 12Taggart
  • 3LintonSubstituted forEastonat 66'minutes
  • 17Petrie
  • 8Agnew
  • 6Turner
  • 18Findlay
  • 14Fleming
  • 9DugganSubstituted forMegginsonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mair
  • 7Gilhaney
  • 10Megginson
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Easton
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Campbell
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
15,631

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton).

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott Taggart (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Dumbarton 0. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mitchel Megginson replaces Chris Duggan.

Attempt missed. Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

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

Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

Chris Duggan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Gilhaney replaces Mark Wilson.

Attempt saved. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Duggan (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Soufian El Hassnaoui replaces Género Zeefuik.

Attempt missed. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott Agnew (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Darren Petrie.

Foul by James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian).

Dylan Easton (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Dumbarton 0. Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy King with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Turner (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Dylan Easton replaces Scott Linton because of an injury.

Foul by Danny Wilson (Heart of Midlothian).

Chris Duggan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Agnew (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Jamie Walker.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. James Keatings replaces Osman Sow.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Darren Petrie.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts27233178176172
2Hibernian28167555243155
3Rangers26146647262148
4Queen of Sth27128745311444
5Falkirk27111064236643
6Raith Rovers2696113044-1433
7Dumbarton2876152863-3527
8Cowdenbeath2754182168-4719
9Alloa2846182041-2118
10Livingston2846182743-1613
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