Scottish Championship
Raith RoversRaith Rovers1HeartsHeart of Midlothian3

Raith Rovers 1-3 Heart of Midlothian

Billy King scores for Hearts against Raith Rovers
Billy King netted the third goal in Hearts' 24th league win of the season

Hearts took another step towards the Scottish Championship title by beating Raith Rovers.

Kevin McHattie converted James Keatings' cross from close range to give Hearts the lead.

However, Raith were level by half-time. Craig Barr met Ryan Conroy's corner and headed high into the net.

The hosts' Christian Nade was sent off for catching McHattie late before Jamie Walker curled in Hearts' second and Billy King added a third.

The Tynecastle side re-establish a 20-point lead over second-place Hibernian with eight games to play.

Raith Rovers forward Christian Nade is sent off against Hearts
Nade was sent off against his former club

And, should Hearts beat Falkirk on Saturday, Robbie Neilson's side could be confirmed as champions if Hibernian lose to Rangers on Sunday.

McHattie was making his first appearance since November and marked it with the opening goal, tapping in Keatings' deflected cross.

There were few signs that Raith were going to trouble Hearts until Conroy's delivery was converted by the leaping Barr.

Nade was shown a straight red card for his challenge on McHattie, who received treatment before carrying on.

And Hearts gradually took control again with Keatings' replacement Walker cutting in from the left and beating David McGurn with a low shot.

The visitors kept pressing and Walker set up King to strike the clinching goal late on, leaving Hearts within five points of title victory and automatic promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker
Walker scored Hearts' second and set up their third

Line-ups

Raith Rovers

  • 20McGurn
  • 2Thomson
  • 4Watson
  • 55Barr
  • 23McKeown
  • 7AndersonBooked at 53mins
  • 12Callachan
  • 6Fox
  • 14Conroy
  • 16VaughanBooked at 50minsSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
  • 27NadeBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 5Hill
  • 8Moon
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Scott
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Matthews

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 3McHattie
  • 12KingSubstituted forAndersonat 89'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 11Nicholson
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forWalkerat 73'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 15Gallacher
  • 20Sow
  • 21Anderson
  • 30McGhee
  • 44Eckersley
Referee:
George Salmond
Attendance:
4,760

Match Stats

Home TeamRaith RoversAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home4
Away25
Shots on Target
Home3
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian).

  5. Post update

    Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Conroy (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Kenny Anderson replaces Billy King.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Soufian El Hassnaoui replaces Género Zeefuik.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 3. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jason Thomson (Raith Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Booking

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Raith Rovers 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgaro Gomis.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jamie Walker replaces James Keatings.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts28243181186375
2Hibernian28167555243155
3Rangers27147649282149
4Queen of Sth27128745311444
5Falkirk27111064236643
6Raith Rovers2796123147-1633
7Dumbarton2876152863-3527
8Alloa2947182243-2119
9Cowdenbeath2754182168-4719
10Livingston2846182743-1613
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