Scottish Premiership
Hearts1Ross County1

Heart of Midlothian 1-1 Ross County

Ross County's Stewart Murdoch (left) battles for the ball against Hearts' Gavin Reilly

A poor match came to life in the closing minutes as David Goodwillie cancelled out Juanma's goal to earn Ross County a point.

The Spaniard's close-range strike seemed certain to give Hearts victory after a game that had offered precious little entertainment.

But County pulled level when Goodwillie headed in Martin Woods' cross.

The result means both teams have now won just once in their last seven games.

There was no lack of effort from the players but inspiration was in short supply.

The 'end-of-season affair' tag was never more apt as the players huffed and puffed.

With Hearts already guaranteed third place and Ross County sitting sixth, there was little at stake and it showed.

The 15,000 Hearts supporters in attendance at times voiced their dismay as their team went through the motions.

That said, both teams will look back on successful, impressive seasons, making it difficult to be overly critical of a late dip in form.

County, who have never won at Tynecastle, should have been ahead at half-time but Alex Schalk - sent through on goal by Woods - had his shot well saved by the out-rushing Jack Hamilton.

Prince Buaben had a half-hit shot cleared off the line and twice in the second-half was denied by good saves from Scott Fox.

But Buaben provided the cross from which Juanma appeared to seal the three points - the substitute stealing in to convert at the near post.

His fellow substitute Goodwillie had the final say, though, as he too darted into the six-yard area to get on the end of Woods' cross to level the scores and earn County a deserved point.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 24SouttarBooked at 76mins
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 8Buaben
  • 23Kitchen
  • 21CowieSubstituted forSutchuin-Djoumat 45'minutes
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forZanattaat 72'minutes
  • 20ReillySubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 45'minutes
  • 25Dauda

Substitutes

  • 1Alexander
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 16Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 22McGhee
  • 28Smith
  • 44Zanatta

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 6Robertson
  • 43Quinn
  • 15Davies
  • 12Foster
  • 36Irvine
  • 18Murdoch
  • 26WoodsBooked at 65mins
  • 17FranksSubstituted forDe Vitaat 73'minutes
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forBoyceat 70'minutes
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forGoodwillieat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fraser
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 10Boyce
  • 24De Vita
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 41Foden
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
15,438

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home20
Away15

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Stewart Murdoch.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Ross County).

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Ross County 1. David Goodwillie (Ross County) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Woods.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 1, Ross County 0. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Prince Buaben.

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. David Goodwillie replaces Michael Gardyne.

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

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

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

Foul by Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian).

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

John Souttar (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 John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Scott Fox (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dario Zanatta (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Raffaele De Vita replaces Jonathan Franks.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Sam Nicholson.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Liam Boyce replaces Alex Schalk because of an injury.

Foul by Abiola Dauda (Heart of Midlothian).

Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35248382275580
2Aberdeen35225860402071
3Hearts361710956381861
4St Johnstone36157145452252
5Motherwell36145174455-1147
6Ross County36136175058-845
7Dundee361114115252047
8Inverness CT361210144948146
9Partick Thistle36128163645-944
10Hamilton36119164060-2042
11Kilmarnock3698193859-2135
12Dundee Utd3676233865-2727
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