Scottish Championship
HeartsHeart of Midlothian5DumbartonDumbarton1

Heart of Midlothian 5-1 Dumbarton

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle

A glut of goals ensured Hearts maintained their unbeaten record at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Osman Sow's header, Prince Buaben's penalty, Jason Holt's strike, a Callum Paterson header and Billy King's shot gave the hosts a very comfortable win.

Garry Fleming volleyed in for the visitors when Dumbarton were down by three.

Victory keeps the Tynecastle side nine points clear of Rangers in Scotland's second tier.

Sow started proceedings when he nodded home a Paterson cross. The quality of the delivery certainly helped the striker score his eighth goal of the season.

Hearts players celebrating
Holt (centre) scored after coming off the bench

Number two came after King had been bundled to the ground just inside the box. Buaben stepped up and, although Danny Rogers managed to get a hand on the ball, he could not stop it from crossing the line.

Sow was replaced at the break by Holt and the youngster was quick to find the net for Hearts' third.

He found himself with plenty of time and space 25 yards from goal and fired the ball low into the corner.

Sam Nicholson's shot crashed off the crossbar and King had an effort that flew inches wide.

Fleming reduced the deficit with a neat volley from 10 yards out, firing home a headed knock-down by Colin Nish.

But the home side reacted well and Paterson nodded in King's corner.

And the hosts' fifth came when King hammered home a shot from just outside the 18-yard box.

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 30McGhee
  • 44Eckersley
  • 12King
  • 17BuabenSubstituted forPallardo Gonzalezat 68'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forWalkerat 76'minutes
  • 20SowSubstituted forHoltat 45'minutes
  • 9El Hassnaoui

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 7Walker
  • 10Holt
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 22McKay
  • 28Buchanan

Dumbarton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Rogers
  • 2van Zanten
  • 4Graham
  • 12Taggart
  • 3Linton
  • 7Gilhaney
  • 8AgnewSubstituted forMacDonaldat 64'minutes
  • 10Megginson
  • 11KirkpatrickSubstituted forMcDougallat 79'minutes
  • 14FlemingBooked at 42mins
  • 9NishBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCampbellat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mair
  • 16McLaughlin
  • 18McDougall
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Campbell
  • 22MacDonald
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
15,522

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home24
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Dumbarton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 5, Dumbarton 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Adam Eckersley.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 5, Dumbarton 1. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Paterson.

  8. Post update

    Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 1. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy King with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mitchel Megginson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Graham (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Neil Alexander.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kieran MacDonald (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Heart of Midlothian).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Steven McDougall replaces Jordan Kirkpatrick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Garry Fleming (Dumbarton).