Scottish Championship
HeartsHeart of Midlothian1Raith RoversRaith Rovers0
Hearts players celebrating
Defender Alim Osturk scored for Hearts for the second game running

Alim Osturk's first-half goal secured a narrow win over Raith Rovers to keep Hearts four points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship.

The defender's long-range effort rescued a point against rivals Hibernian in their last outing.

And this time the defender found the net from 30 yards after striding forward unchallenged and unleashing a fierce drive past David McGurn.

The fifth-minute goal lit up an otherwise dull affair.

But the Edinburgh side did what they needed to maintain the four-point gap with Rangers.

After opening the scoring, Ozturk then tried his luck again, this time from a 25-yard free-kick, but it fizzed narrowly over the crossbar.

The hosts dominated possession throughout the opening period but failed to create any meaningful chances.

At the other end, Paul Watson flicked a header over the bar on one of the few occasions Rovers ventured forward.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Hearts dominating possession but struggling to break down a determined Kirkcaldy side.

However, the hosts were forced to cling on in the last eight minutes with 10 men after Adam Eckersley was forced off through injury after all three substitutions had been made.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 30McGhee
  • 22McKay
  • 5Ozturk
  • 44Eckersley
  • 12King
  • 17Buaben
  • 6GomisBooked at 76mins
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forHoltat 61'minutes
  • 9El HassnaouiSubstituted forKeatingsat 53'minutes
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forBuchananat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McHattie
  • 10Holt
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 15Gallacher
  • 19Keatings
  • 28Buchanan
  • 34McKirdy

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 3Perry
  • 4Watson
  • 23McKeown
  • 19McKaySubstituted forStewartat 67'minutes
  • 8MoonSubstituted forConroyat 79'minutes
  • 6Fox
  • 7Anderson
  • 10Elliot
  • 11Scott

Substitutes

  • 5Hill
  • 9Stewart
  • 12Callachan
  • 14Conroy
  • 16Vaughan
  • 17Laidlaw
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
16,372

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home3
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Raith Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Raith Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jason Holt (Heart of Midlothian).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Fox (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Stewart (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Buchanan (Heart of Midlothian).

  10. Post update

    Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Watson (Raith Rovers) with an attempt from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Jason Holt.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Conroy replaces Kevin Moon.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Robbie Buchanan replaces Jamie Walker.

  16. Post update

    Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Calum Elliot (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Booking

    Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Grant Anderson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.