Scottish Championship
Queen of SthQueen of the South0HeartsHeart of Midlothian3

Queen of the South 0-3 Hearts

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Palmerston Park
The Hearts players congratulate Prince Buaben on scoring the team's second
The Hearts players congratulate Prince Buaben (left) on scoring the team's second in Dumfries

Hearts rewarded their huge away support by beating Queen of the South to keep up their unbeaten Championship run.

The Doonhamers had dominated until Osman Sow crashed a strike from distance in off the bar.

Prince Buaben added a second before half-time with a stabbed finish after his piercing run through the middle.

And right-back Jordan McGhee found himself in the six-yard box to turn in Billy King's cross in front of jubilant Jambos behind the goal.

The 3,000-strong Hearts support that travelled down to sunny Dumfries made Palmerston a sight to behold - 2,000 of them squeezed into the roofless, terraced stand that is the Terregles Street end.

And their singing voices and scarf-twirling abilities reached optimal levels just before half-time when Buaben's strike put them two goals ahead, after Sow's screamer three minutes previously.

However, it had not been plain sailing up until that point.

Queen of the South, under James Fowler officially for the first time, were shooting towards the mass of maroon in the first half and the Doonhamers wasted little time trying to silence them.

Gavin Reilly's low shot was only a whisker wide of the right post after he got the better of Turkish defender Alim Ozturk.

Jamie Walker holds off Queen of the South's Kevin Holt
Hearts winger Jamie Walker holds off Queen of the South's Kevin Holt, cheered on by a large travelling support

And the hosts came even closer two minutes later when former Rangers and Dunfermline centre-back Andy Dowie headed Ian McShane's corner off the inside of the post and back into the grip of Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander, who clutched the ball gratefully.

The Jambos were rattled, and it showed when Ozturk got a little worked up under the attentions of Dowie at a set-piece - something referee Brian Colvin booked both players for.

Hearts, through King's cross, did eventually carve a good chance themselves, only for Sow to head straight at Zander Clark.

But the big Swede got his seventh goal of the season in brilliant, albeit controversial, style in the 39th minute.

Collecting the ball with his back to goal at the edge of the box, Sow turned and smashed it left footed towards the top left corner - the ball coming down off the underside of the crossbar and being judged to have just crossed the line.

The Queens players protested in vain at the assistant referee's decision, but the anguish was increased by going a further goal behind.

This time, Buaben careered through the middle of the park, slaloming past a couple of half-challenges to put himself in a position where he could poke a shot past a diving Clark from 18 yards.

Referee Colvin came back out to a chorus of boos from the home fans at the start of the second half, but got back on their side, slightly, when he ruled that Chris Higgins did not foul Jamie Walker when the Hearts man looked for a penalty.

However, nothing could stop McGhee turning in Billy King's cross from the left on the hour-mark - netting that much sought-after third goal in front of the swollen away support to put the game beyond doubt.

Line-ups

Queen of Sth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Clark
  • 12KiddBooked at 50mins
  • 6Higgins
  • 4DowieBooked at 16mins
  • 3Holt
  • 27KiltieSubstituted forDzierzawskiat 65'minutes
  • 26FowlerSubstituted forKerrat 57'minutes
  • 18McShane
  • 11RussellBooked at 40mins
  • 19LyleSubstituted forBairdat 68'minutes
  • 10Reilly

Substitutes

  • 8Kerr
  • 9Baird
  • 16Dzierzawski
  • 20Atkinson
  • 21Slattery
  • 22Hooper
  • 23Smith

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 30McGhee
  • 5OzturkBooked at 17minsSubstituted forPatersonat 82'minutes
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 7Walker
  • 17BuabenBooked at 32minsSubstituted forPallardo Gonzalezat 79'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 12King
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forNicholsonat 64'minutes
  • 20Sow

Substitutes

  • 2Paterson
  • 3McHattie
  • 10Holt
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 18Carrick
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
5,534

Match Stats

Home TeamQueen of SthAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queen of the South 0, Heart of Midlothian 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queen of the South 0, Heart of Midlothian 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Zander Clark.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Callum Paterson replaces Alim Ozturk.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Miguel Pallardó replaces Prince Buaben.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ian McShane.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Kerr (Queen of the South).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    John Baird (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Iain Russell (Queen of the South) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. John Baird replaces Derek Lyle.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Queen of the South. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Queen of the South. Kevin Dzierzawski replaces Greg Kiltie.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Sam Nicholson replaces Soufian El Hassnaoui.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Kiltie (Queen of the South) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.