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Summary

  1. Aberdeen virtually uncatchable in second
  2. O'Connor wins it for Dons
  3. Goncalves nods in at back post
  4. Adam Rooney gives Dons the lead
  5. Dons' Jack ruled out with injury
  6. Win will all-but seal second spot for Dons
  7. FT: Partick Thistle 1-2 Rangers
  8. Late McKay & Garner goals for Rangers

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell and Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

Til the next time

That's it for our live coverage this weekend.  Thanks for your company.

You can listen to commentary of the first leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final between Morton and Dundee United on Tuesday, 19:45 kick-off.

The Premiership resumes with Aberdeen hosting Celtic on Friday.  

Until then...

'Nothing can rock my confidence' - Cathro

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

He may have suffered a 10th defeat in his 19th Premiership match in charge, but Hearts head coach Ian Cathro insists nothing will shake his confidence.

"The fans are not happy, they are angry and upset and frustrated, because the team are not getting results. I am the person who is responsible for that," he tells Radio Scotland.

"I have absolute confidence in myself and in my work to find the things we need.  We will deal with a bit of tension and anger, and we will build and grow.  There will be different voices coming from that new stand.

"I don't need the confidence [of the owners and fans] because of the confidence I have in my work. There is not one thing that could happen that will rock my confidence in my work - that is impossible."  

Dons 'punching totally above their weight' - McInnes

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is understandably bullish after effectively clinching second place in the Premiership for a third straight season. 

He tells BBC Radio Scotland: "It was important we showed strength and resilience after Hearts scored, and composure and confidence to get the next goal, and we killed any momentum that Hearts had.

"There was total commitment, and a real honesty in the guys. We are punching totally above our weight to get to 70 points for a third year in a row.

"People thought with Rangers coming back up, we might struggle to match that but we have taken another giant step to finishing second and have got to two cup finals. 

"My players have me everything today but we are still searching for those perfect performances that we will probably need to win the Scottish Cup final." 

Are Hearts 'beyond point of no return' with Cathro?

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Former Hearts player Allan Preston on Radio Scotland: "That was absolute mediocrity from Hearts. They are dropping down the league like a hot brick and something has to change because the Hearts fans are getting short-changed.

"The club has gone backwards at a dramatic rate and the recruitment has been horrendous.

"Can Ian Cathro get it back? I don't think so. I think we are beyond the point of no return with Ian Cathro. This is a rip-up job and start again." 

Ouch!

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

This wasn't how it was supposed to end.  

Hearts players re-emerge from the dressing room wearing T-shirts thanking the fans for their support throughout the season. But although another near-capacity 16,522 were in attendance, barely 1,000 are left to acknowledge the players.

Head coach Ian Cathro comes out after the players, takes a few tentative steps onto the pitch, gets booed, and thinks better of it. 

Aberdeen 'have been the second best team in Scotland'

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Aberdeen defender on BBC Sportsound

"Aberdeen have been good throughout the season and they will finish second on merit. They have had some magnificent games, running up seven goals against both Motherwell and Dundee, and have looked invincible at the back at times, but not recently.

"They deserved the victory today. There was only one period where that was in doubt, at the start of the second half. I was really disappointed with the Hearts response to Aberdeen's second goal, and after that the Dons took control again. 

"Throughout the season they have been the second best team. This wasn't one of their better performances, but it was full of grit and determination."

10 defeats in 19 league games under Cathro

FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

So that's a 10th defeat in 19 Premiership matches under Ian Cathro, and a fourth in 11 home league games.  

Fourth place, which would bring a Europa League spot, looks beyond them now, with three away games left - against Rangers, St Johnstone and Celtic.

FULL-TIME - Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

So that effectively wraps up the runners-up spot for Aberdeen for a third successive season, given their superior goal difference over Rangers.

A dismal end to the season for the home fans, with boos ringing round Tynecastle.

RED CARD

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Oh dear. Jamie Walker has not been at his best today, and his frustration shows as he slides into a tackle on Graeme Shinnie, and picks up his second yellow card of the match.

YELLOW CARD

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds puts in a no-holds barred challenge on Hearts' Liam Smith, who tumbles spectacularly.  It's a definite yellow.  Other refs might have issued a red.

Rooney wastes Dons chance

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney hasn't scored nearly 70 goals in the last three seasons by being shy in front of goal. 

After a swift counter-attack, Aberdeen's top scorer fires wide from inside the box, but Graeme Shinnie was in a far better position.

It's Rooney's last contribution, as Jadyen Stockley is sent on for the last five minutes. 

Into last 10...

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

We're into the last 10 minutes.  Can Hearts summon up a second equaliser, or is Tynecastle's Main Stand about to witness another defeat before being demolished? 

Missed chance for Dons

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Another chance for Aberdeen, after a long ball forward by Ash Taylor. Niall McGinn's cross finds Graeme Shinnie, but he heads wide.

Hearts 'handed initiative back to Dons'

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on Radio Scotland

"You can't give away goals as easily as the O'Connor one. Hearts have fought back hard to get on level terms, and then handed the initiative straight back to Aberdeen. 

"There are plenty of Hearts jerseys out there, but they are not in the right position."

Hearts sub - Johnsen on for Cowie

Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

A change for Hearts, but it's not a popular one, as lanky striker Bjorn Johnsen replaces Don Cowie, who's been the engine for Hearts in midfield.

Hearts fans shows their displeasure with a chorus of boos, while Cowie heads straight up the tunnel. 

GOAL - Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

Anthony O'Connor (64 mins)

It didn't stay level for long.  Jonny Hayes sends a free-kick into the Aberdeen box and Anthony O'Connor, a half-time substitute, bullets home a header. 

Hearts 'have their tails up'

Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen

Former Hearts player Allan Preston on Radio Scotland: "Hearts have their tails up now and you have to give the manager a bit of credit.  He changes the shape at half-time and young Liam Smith has got forward down the right flank and delivered a great cross for the equaliser."

GOAL - Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen

Isma Goncalves

Great ball in from Liam Smith from the right flank, and Isma Goncalves beats two Aberdeen defenders to get his head to it and bundle it over the line.  

Game on.

Isma Goncalves celebrates his equaliser for Hearts
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Isma Goncalves' equaliser provided short-lived respite for Hearts

Paterson a frustrated spectactor

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

How Hearts have missed the presence of Callum Paterson in this second half of the season. 

The Scotland right-back had scored nine goals before the new year but is recovering from a knee injury that will sideline him for up to nine months.   

Injured Hearts defender Callum Paterson watches from the stands
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Injured Hearts defender Callum Paterson watches from the stands at Tynecastle

Chances at both ends

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Jonny Hayes breaks down the right for Aberdeen but after cutting back inside, the winger sends his effort wide of the near post.  

But Hearts respond instantly, and finally create a chance worthy of the name. But Arnaud Djoum, six yards out, stabs his effort wide. Hearts' best chance of the game so far.

Shinnie misses good chance for Dons

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

It should be 2-0.  Great pass from Kenny McLean into Niall McGinn's path.  The Aberdeen winger's volley is beaten away by Jack Hamilton, but it falls nicely to Graeme Shinnie, who drags his shot wide of the left-hand post.  Poor. 

Changes for both sides at half-time

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Hearts are bringing on defender Liam Smith for the second half, replacing Andraz Struna, who took a knock to the head in that first 45 minutes but seemed OK.

Aberdeen also make a change, introducing defender Anthony O'Connor for midfielder Peter Pawlett. Looks like O'Connor may be sitting deep in midfield though.

'Does Cathro know what he's doing?'

HT: Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Former Hearts player Allan Preston questions, not for the first time this season, whether Ian Cathro is capable of arresting the slump he has overseen since succeeding Robbie Neilson as head coach.

"Ian Cathro is a nice lad, but that doesn't mean he is a good manager," he says on Radio Scotland. "Does he know what he's doing? He has had more than half a season now to turn things around but can I see any shoots of progression?  No.

"The fans want something to hang on to in this final 45 minutes they are going to see here at Tynecastle until September. They need to give them something to say 'We are going in the right direction, come and back us and buy season tickets'.

"They have had precisely zero efforts on target so far.  It is not good enough and I simply can't see the plan of what he is trying to do at the moment."

Predator Rooney's strike the difference

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney grabbed 20 goals last season, and he's matched that tally again in this campaign after taking advantage of Jack Hamilton's blunder with a clinical finish.

Adam Rooney (left) scores for Aberdeen against Hearts
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Adam Rooney (left) was quick to react to Hamilton's howler to score for Aberdeen

HALF-TIME - Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

Aberdeen will be delighted to go into the break in front after another clinical finish by Adam Rooney.

Hearts have had the bulk of possession but have yet to pose any real threat on the Dons goal. The hosts have failed to score against Aberdeen in the three previous meetings this season and unless that statistic changes in the second period, Derek McInness and his players will be on the cusp of confirming second spot in the Premiership.

GREAT SAVE!

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney looks well placed to grab a second as he meets Niall McGinn's cracking cross with a header that Jack Hamilton does well to tip over the bar.

But an assistant referee flags Rooney for offside.  As you were.

YELLOW CARD

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Hearts winger Jamie Walker, warned earlier for his conduct, dives into a challenge and takes out Jonny Hayes, leaving Willie Collum little option but to issue a yellow card.  

PENALTY APPEAL

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Hearts fans are appealing for a penalty after Jamie Walker goes down in the box. 

But according to BBC Scotland summariser Allan Preston, it's "a decent challenge" from Dons defender Ash Taylor.   To be fair to Walker, he isn't claiming a penalty.  

Ouch!

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Decent corner from the hosts, but Hearts defender Krystian Nowak takes a whack to his bonce in heading it over the bar.  

The Pole is helped off for a spot of treatment, but looks like he'll be able to continue...he's back on now.

YELLOW CARD

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Hearts centre-back Prince Buaben becomes the second player to be booked. Things livening up at Tynecastle.  It's a pretty open game so far.

Dons frustrated by ref Collum

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Dons fans none too impressed by Willie Collum's refereeing.  Peter Pawlett attacks down the right flank but is pulled back. Collum plays advantage, but then fails to award a free-kick when it comes to nothing.     

YELLOW CARD

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis comes out of his area to kick the ball into touch. He then keeps hold of it to stop Hearts taking a quick throw-in, and is booked for his trouble.

Rooney 'reacted well'

Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Radio Scotland

"It is awkward one for the keeper but he must try to get it out on the angle.  He has put it right in front of Rooney, who has reacted well to the situation."

GOAL - Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney, 21 mins

Bit of a shocker for Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton.  Peter Pawlett tries his luck from 30 yards, but Hamilton can only spill it into the path of Adam Rooney. The Dons striker has the simple task of tucking away his 20th goal of the season. 

McGinn tests Hearts keeper

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn looks a threat from the left, and he cuts inside and unleashes a shot towards the near post, which Hearts keeper Jack Hamilton is forced to beat away for a corner.   

Lewis snuffs out Hearts threat

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

A moment of hope for the Hearts fans as a long ball from the left flank appears to be heading for the marauding Andraz Struna, but Dons keeper Joe Lewis is swiftly out to snuff out the threat.

'Pretty scrappy so far'

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Scotland

"It has been pretty scrappy so far, albeit at a high tempo. Aberdeen are slightly the better side and there is uncertainty in the Hearts defence. The Dons have had the better chances but it hasn't settled down into any pattern yet." 

Bright Dons start

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

Brian McLauchlin

BBC Sport Scotland at Tynecastle

"Aberdeen have scored more goals from set-pieces than any other Scottish Premiership side this season and only a poor header by Andy Considine fails to add to their tally.

"The home defence were slack in allowing the Dons centre-half free space eight yards out from a Jonny Hayes cross. A good start by the away side as they look to maintain their unbeaten record this season against the Jambos."

Goncalves threatens Dons defence

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

Positive run from Hearts striker Isma Goncalves, who bustles his way past Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes. But referee Willie Collum decides that's a free-kick, much to the displeasure of the home fans. Certainly seemed a bit harsh.

Early chance for Dons

Hearts 0-0 Aberdeen

Andrew Considine finds himself with a free header from a well-flighted free-kick but the Aberdeen defender puts it wide.  Good chance missed.