Scottish Championship
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Dumbarton 1-5 Heart of Midlothian

Dutch striker Genero Zeefuik scored twice on his debut and missed a penalty as Hearts won their 17th match out of 20 in the Scottish Championship.

Robbie Neilson's side dominated the game and coped better with the wind.

Sam Nicholson converted a Callum Paterson cross in 57 minutes to add to a 20-yard strike in seven minutes.

But while Jamie Walker and Dumbarton's Chris Kane got on the scoresheet it was Zeefuik who caught the eye as he scored from two crosses into the box.

Nicholson got Robbie Neilson's men off to a flying start when he picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, drove forward and smashed in a shot down to goalkeeper Danny Rogers' right from 20 yards.

Hearts beat Dumbarton by the same score at Tynecastle in October but, although they drew 0-0 on their last visit to the Bet Butler Stadium, they seldom looked like dropping more points.

Dumbarton's best chance in the first half, when they had the fierce wind at their backs, was when Northern Irish centre-back Chris Turner smashed a header off the Hearts crossbar in 17 minutes.

Moments later midfielder Mark Gilhaney was clean through on visiting goalie Neil Alexander, who saved his shot, and Alim Ozturk cleared Archie Campbell's effort from the rebound off the goal-line.

Hearts' second came from good build-up play by Zeefuik, who held the ball up and passed to Walker who hit a shot hard and low into the net.

After the interval, Walker and Nicholson combined down the left wing and the latter's cross provided Zeefuik with his first goal for the Championship leaders.

Hearts moved 4-0 up went Callum Paterson's cross from the right was perfectly weighted for Nicholson to hit home with his left foot at the back post for his second.

Yet another Hearts goal came from a cross, this time supplied by Walker, as the burly on-loan striker Zeefuik cut across his marker to score at the near post.

Dumbarton pulled a goal back through Kane a minute later and almost immediately Scott Linton's foul on Walker in the Dumbarton penalty box gave Zeefuik the chance to register a hat-trick.

However, Rogers saved his attempt from 12 yards and was lively enough to block his attempt from the rebound.

The Edinburgh side remain 13 points clear of second-place Rangers while Dumbarton stay in seventh position.

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 1Rogers
  • 2van Zanten
  • 4Graham
  • 5Mair
  • 3Linton
  • 7Gilhaney
  • 6TurnerBooked at 75mins
  • 8Agnew
  • 20CampbellSubstituted forMegginsonat 55'minutes
  • 23KaneSubstituted forMcCallumat 89'minutes
  • 9NishSubstituted forTaggartat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Megginson
  • 12Taggart
  • 14Fleming
  • 15McCallum
  • 19Ewings
  • 25Whitefield

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11Nicholson
  • 17BuabenSubstituted forPallardo Gonzalezat 75'minutes
  • 6GomisSubstituted forKingat 80'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 19Keatings
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forHoltat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Holt
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 16Oliver
  • 22McKay
  • 30McGhee
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
1,537

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away12
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dumbarton 1, Heart of Midlothian 5.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Donald McCallum replaces Christopher Kane.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Danny Rogers.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Keatings (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Morgaro Gomis.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Scott Taggart (Dumbarton).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian).

  15. Post update

    Chris Turner (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Booking

    Chris Turner (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Turner (Dumbarton).

  20. Substitution

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts20173052104254
2Rangers20132542202241
3Hibernian2096537221533
4Queen of Sth1995534241032
5Falkirk208662726130
6Raith Rovers197392136-1524
7Dumbarton2064102144-2322
8Cowdenbeath2043131943-2415
9Alloa2034131631-1513
10Livingston2034131831-138
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