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Ross County 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Hearts maintained their winning start to Premiership life thanks to goals from Osman Sow and Alim Ozturk.

Ross County opened strongly but fell behind after 11 minutes when Sow cut in from the right and thrashed home a powerful shot via a post.

Ozturk was then on hand to divert in a volley from Callum Paterson.

A foul by Igor Rossi allowed County's Liam Boyce to convert a penalty before the interval but Hearts held on to make it four victories from four games.

The promoted Edinburgh side stay top of the league, while the Staggies were unable to add to the four points amassed from their last two outings.

The hosts created the best early chance in a high-tempo first half, with Neil Alexander doing well to parry a close-range shot from Michael Gardyne.

And the visitors punished that miss when they opened the scoring with their first attack of note.

Sow broke with pace down the right, leaving Richard Foster in his wake, and fired an accurate drive in off the base off a post that gave Scott Fox no chance.

Soon after, Paterson made a late run to meet Juanma's corner and the defender's volley was perfectly executed, although Ozturk made sure with the final touch.

Cheered on by a noisy travelling support, Hearts were now full of confidence, surging forward with skill and purpose.

Liam Boyce netted a penalty for County
Boyce netted a penalty for County for his first goal of the season

However, with half time approaching, the visitors lost a little of their intensity and handed Ross County a route back into the match.

Rafa De Vita floated a free kick towards the back post and Jackson Irvine knocked the ball over the target after interference from Rossi. Referee Bobby Madden awarded a spot kick which Boyce confidently stroked home for his first goal of the season.

Brazilian Rossi was shown a yellow card but, given Irvine's proximity to goal when fouled, he was perhaps fortunate to stay on the park.

The second half was interrupted by a series of substitutions and injuries, with Hearts' rhythm suffering notably after the departure of midfield lynchpin Prince Buaben.

Hearts were less threatening but defended stoutly and County failed to trouble their back line with much regularity.

Jamie Walker did create a wonderful opportunity for the visitors as he persisted down the right, got to the byeline and found Gavin Reilly, who somehow scooped the ball over an unguarded net from six yards or so.

Staggies substitute Jamie Reckord almost inadvertently delivered a late equaliser when his cross was missed by Gardyne as he ran in front of Alexander but the ball floated narrowly wide of the far post.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Davies
  • 6Robertson
  • 12FosterSubstituted forReckordat 66'minutes
  • 7Gardyne
  • 36Irvine
  • 8McShaneSubstituted forQuinnat 57'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forDingwallat 62'minutes
  • 10Boyce
  • 11CurranBooked at 22mins

Substitutes

  • 3Reckord
  • 4Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 9Graham
  • 18Murdoch
  • 19Dingwall
  • 21Bachmann

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5OzturkBooked at 90mins
  • 18RossiBooked at 38mins
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 7Walker
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forMcGheeat 54'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forKingat 69'minutes
  • 19Delgado LloriaBooked at 35mins
  • 10SowSubstituted forReillyat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 16Oliver
  • 20Reilly
  • 22McGhee
  • 35McKirdy
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,806

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Booking

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt saved. Andrew Davies (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

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

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

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

Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Delay in match Liam Boyce (Ross County) because of an injury.

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

Tony Dingwall (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Sam Nicholson because of an injury.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian).

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jamie Reckord replaces Richard Foster because of an injury.

Booking

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts4400105512
2Celtic4310104610
3Aberdeen33005149
4Dundee42119547
5Hamilton31114224
6Ross County411245-14
7Dundee Utd411247-34
8Partick Thistle403124-23
9Motherwell410326-43
10St Johnstone402268-22
11Inverness CT402236-32
12Kilmarnock4022410-62
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