Scottish League Cup
ForfarForfar Athletic1HeartsHeart of Midlothian2

Forfar Athletic 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Station Park
Kevin McHattie celebrates scoring for Hearts
Kevin McHattie celebrates scoring the first goal of the match for Hearts

An extra-time Callum Paterson strike saw Hearts dispose of League One Forfar Athletic to reach the third round of the Scottish League Cup.

Kevin McHattie gave Hearts the lead after 74 minutes only for Michael Dunlop to equalise with a header.

Forfar finished the match with only nine men as Danny Denholm and Kevin Nicoll were dismissed.

The visitors were dominant but kept at bay by the brilliance of veteran keeper Rab Douglas in the home goal.

The 43-year-old pulled off a string of magnificent stops including a Gavin Reilly penalty after Nicoll had handled in the box.

Reilly struck well but Douglas dived low to his left to push it away. There was little he could do, though, five minutes later as McHattie gave Hearts the lead.

The Forfar defence failed to clear their penalty area and McHattie pounced to fire home the opener.

Gavin Reilly takes a penalty for Hearts
Gavin Reilly's penalty was saved by veteran goalkeeper Rab Douglas

Douglas was called into action again when he magnificently cleared a Juanma Delgado header that looked destined for the bottom corner.

With seven minutes left for play, Forfar struck with one of their few chances.

A long ball into the Hearts box was missed by the defence and Michael Dunlop sent a looping header over goalkeeper Jack Hamilton and sent the home crowd wild.

As the 90 minutes edged closer the home side were reduced to 10 men when Denholm picked up his second yellow card of the evening and headed for an early bath.

Michael Dunlop celebrates scoring for Forfar Athletic against Hearts
Michael Dunlop wheels away after heading home an equaliser for Forfar

Chances were few and far between in extra-time but Hearts took the lead just before the turnaround.

Sixteen-year-old Callum Morrison sent a corner deep into the box where Paterson was waiting to fire home through a cluster of bodies.

Nicoll was shown a straight red for a foul on Morrison, all but ending the home side's challenge as Hearts progressed to Thursday's third-round draw.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Douglas
  • 2Dunlop
  • 4NicollBooked at 120mins
  • 5Travis
  • 3CampbellBooked at 117mins
  • 7HayBooked at 51minsSubstituted forAllanat 57'minutes
  • 8Hodge
  • 6YoungSubstituted forMalinat 45'minutes
  • 11DenholmBooked at 90mins
  • 10FotheringhamBooked at 108mins
  • 9TemplemanSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes


  • 12Allan
  • 14Malin
  • 15Yates
  • 16Clark
  • 17Smith
  • 18Neave
  • 21King


Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Hamilton
  • 22McGhee
  • 18Rossi
  • 28Smith
  • 3McHattie
  • 6Gomis
  • 12KingSubstituted forMorrisonat 63'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 35McKirdySubstituted forPatersonat 73'minutes
  • 16OliverSubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 60'minutesBooked at 118mins
  • 20Reilly


  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 10Sow
  • 17Oshaniwa
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 41Morrison
Greg Aitken

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Forfar Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Kevin Nicoll (Forfar Athletic) is shown the red card.

  4. Post update

    Callum Morrison (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nicoll (Forfar Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Michael Travis.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Booking

    Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Booking

    Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Michael Travis.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Dunlop (Forfar Athletic).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

  15. Post update

    Kevin Nicoll (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

  17. Booking

    Martin Fotheringham (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Liam Smith (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bryan Hodge (Forfar Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time begins Forfar Athletic 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.