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Heart of Midlothian 4-2 Raith Rovers

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Highlights: Hearts 4-2 Raith Rovers aet

Hearts set up a Scottish Cup fifth-round derby against Hibernian after overcoming Raith Rovers in extra time.

Bobby Barr's deflected shot deservedly put the Championship side ahead but teenage striker Rory Currie, on his first start, levelled before half-time.

Both sides wasted chances to win it in normal time before Malaury Martin's penalty put Hearts ahead.

Ryan Hardie equalised but another penalty, from Jamie Walker, made it 3-2 before Bjorn Johnsen sealed victory.

It was only a second win in seven games for Hearts under new head coach Ian Cathro, but they can now look forward to hosting Edinburgh rivals Hibs at Tynecastle on the weekend of 11/12 February.

Rovers, seventh in the Championship, certainly didn't start the game like a team who had not won any of their last 10 matches since the end of October.

Within the opening five minutes both Kyle Benedictus and Declan McManus had forced Jack Hamilton into saves.

And the pressure paid off in spectacular style when Barr drove forward and his shot from 25 yards took a deflection beyond Hamilton and into the net.

Bobby Barr (No 11) scores the opening goal for Raith
Bobby Barr's powerful drive was deflected over Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton for the opener

Cathro again started the match with four of his new January signings in the side.

But it was 18-year-old Currie, making his first start for the club, who drew Hearts level 10 minutes before half time.

Slack Rovers play in midfield allowed Johnsen to drive forward and slip the ball through to the teenager, who showed great composure in drilling the ball beyond Kevin Cuthbert in the Raith goal.

Walker has been Hearts' most influential player this season and again he come to the rescue of his side here.

The winger could easily have been awarded a penalty in the second half after a challenge by Rovers substitute Jason Thomson, but referee John Beaton waived away the demands of the Tynecastle faithful.

Just two minutes into extra time though, Beaton had no doubts as Walker tumbled to the ground after a clash with Kyle Benedictus.

Jamie Walker converts a penalty to put Hearts 3-2 ahead
Jamie Walker played an influential role, winning two penalties, and scoring one

With Walker receiving treatment, Frenchman Martin took responsibility and sent Cuthbert the wrong way as the hosts took the lead for the first time.

Rovers were visibly tiring but to their enormous credit continued to push forward and were rewarded with an equaliser.

A shocking mistake by John Souttar gave Mark Stewart time to play in Hardie, who clipped the ball home and drew the Kirkcaldy club level.

But Walker again used his pace and skill to draw another challenge inside the box from Benedictus.

This time the 23-year-old winger picked himself up and although Cuthbert got a hand to the ball, it ended up in the back of the net.

The outcome was finally settled when Johnsen knocked the ball home from close range to send Hearts through.

Post-match reaction:

Hearts head coach Ian Cathro: "Raith deserve a lot of credit for pushing us and keeping the game alive all the way. We couldn't quite kill it off.

"It was a massive test of character for all of us and we have passed it. Ultimately we had to get through to the next round of the Cup and we did.

"Historically this club brings through young talent and at one point, Rory Currie was one of six players who have come through the academy on the pitch. That is something we will always do when the players show they are ready.

"[Playing Hibs] is a perfect opportunity for us. We look forward to it immediately."

Raith boss Gary Locke: "I couldn't be prouder of the way we played. I thought the players were fantastic.

"I am just deeply disappointed for them. They put so much into the game, so to come away with nothing is a sore one to take.

"We felt we could win the game and I thought we showed that. But unfortunately we were on the end of two big [penalty] decisions. From where I was, the first one looked very soft.

"But if we can emulate that performance in the league, we will get back to winning ways. Over the two games we have matched a top Premiership club, which speaks volumes about the quality we have got."

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Hamilton
  • 27StrunaSubstituted forSmithat 90'minutes
  • 14Souttar
  • 5Hughes
  • 46Sowah
  • 88Martin
  • 6Kitchen
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutesSubstituted forSammonat 107'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 30CurrieSubstituted forZanattaat 99'minutes
  • 20JohnsenBooked at 120mins

Substitutes

  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Noring
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 18Sammon
  • 22Beith
  • 24Smith
  • 26Zanatta

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 14DavidsonSubstituted forThomsonat 71'minutesBooked at 92mins
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattieBooked at 120mins
  • 12Matthews
  • 4Callachan
  • 21ThompsonBooked at 59minsSubstituted forHardieat 79'minutes
  • 11BarrSubstituted forSkacelat 99'minutes
  • 9Stewart
  • 20McManusSubstituted forJohnstonat 99'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thomson
  • 7Johnston
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 23Brennan
  • 52Hardie
  • 55Barr
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
10,740

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home22
Away13
Shots on Target
Home11
Away9
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Raith Rovers 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Raith Rovers 2.

Booking

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ross Matthews.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Raith Rovers 2. Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

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

Foul by Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian).

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Conor Sammon replaces Sam Nicholson.

Foul by Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian).

Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rudi Skacel (Raith Rovers).

Second Half Extra Time begins Heart of Midlothian 3, Raith Rovers 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Heart of Midlothian 3, Raith Rovers 2.

Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Raith Rovers 2. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Lennard Sowah (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Raith Rovers 2. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Chris Johnston replaces Declan McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Rudi Skacel replaces Bobby Barr.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Dario Zanatta replaces Rory Currie.

Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Bjorn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian).

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Goal!

Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Raith Rovers 1. Malaury Martin (Heart of Midlothian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker draws a foul in the penalty area.

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