Scottish Premiership
Hearts1Aberdeen3

Heart of Midlothian 1-3 Aberdeen

Aberdeen stunned Hearts with three first-half goals at packed Tynecastle to take their Scottish Premiership record to eight consecutive wins.

David Goodwillie headed the Dons in front from a Niall McGinn free-kick before McGinn lashed in a second with Hearts' defence in disarray.

McGinn's great run set up Goodwillie for a composed third for Aberdeen.

After the interval Igor Rossi pulled one back for an improved home side but Aberdeen had further chances to score.

The home side started the game on the back of two straight defeats but were quickly on the attack. However, the Dons moved in front with their first attack.

Callum Paterson gave away a needless free-kick on Goodwillie near the corner flag.

McGinn swung the ball into the six-yard area where Goodwillie got the better of Miguel Pallardo in the aerial challenge and, although Neil Alexander managed to get a hand on the ball, the Hearts goalkeeper failed to stop it crossing the line.

The Dons doubled their advantage midway through the first half when Northern Irishman McGinn won the ball on the edge of his own box before racing upfield to collect a pass close to the corner flag.

And as Blazej Augustyn dived in to tackle him, McGinn waltzed past the defender before curling the ball into the corner of the net.

Hearts, who had started the season so brightly, were being made to look very ordinary by an Aberdeen side with a hunger for goals.

And their third came in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

A Hearts attack broke down when Goodwillie dispossessed Prince Buaben just outside the Aberdeen 18-yard box.

Igor Rossi gave the home fans some hope when he pulled a goal back in the second half
Igor Rossi gave the home fans some hope when he pulled a goal back in the second half

The striker raced to the other end of the pitch to collect a pass from McGinn before dispatching the ball beyond Alexander.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson brought on Sam Nicholson for the ineffective Gavin Reilly for the second half and within seven minutes of the restart the home side had pulled a goal back.

The Aberdeen defence failed to deal with a corner and Rossi turned the ball home from close range to give the Hearts fans some hope.

As the game swung from end to end Alexander kept Hearts in the game with two magnificent stops from Peter Pawlett and McGinn.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson
It was a frustrating afternoon for Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson

Paterson came close to a second for Hearts with a free-kick from 25 yards that had Danny Ward scrambling across his line but the ball crashed off the top of the crossbar.

Hearts enjoyed more possession but Aberdeen were in control and easily saw out the game to maintain their run of league wins.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Augustyn
  • 18Rossi
  • 8BuabenSubstituted forKingat 84'minutes
  • 14Pallardo GonzalezBooked at 42mins
  • 10Sow
  • 20ReillySubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 19Delgado LloriaBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 11Nicholson
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 22McGhee
  • 23Swanson
  • 28Smith
  • 35McKirdy

Aberdeen

  • 19WardBooked at 46mins
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 18QuinnBooked at 82mins
  • 4Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 90+2'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forRooneyat 66'minutes
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forParkerat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Flood
  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 32Parker
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
16,702

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home21
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Aberdeen 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Aberdeen 3.

Attempt missed. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Niall McGinn.

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

Attempt saved. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian).

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Parker replaces David Goodwillie.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Prince Buaben.

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Booking

Paul Quinn (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Aberdeen).

Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Blazej Augustyn (Heart of Midlothian).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Miguel Pallardó (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen88001531224
2Celtic86112381519
3Hearts85031613315
4Ross County8422127514
5Hamilton8413119213
6Dundee83231114-311
7St Johnstone82241415-18
8Kilmarnock8224817-98
9Inverness CT8143710-37
10Motherwell8215510-57
11Dundee Utd8125815-75
12Partick Thistle8035211-93
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