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Ross County 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

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Highlights: Ross County 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Jamie Walker scored his first goal of the season as 10-man Hearts beat Ross County in boss Owen Coyle's first home game in charge.

Isma Goncalves gave the visitors the lead with a composed finish after good running from Walker.

Davis Keillor-Dunn squared it from close range after sloppy defending.

Walker's powerful drive into the roof of the net won it for the Jambos before they had Connor Randall sent off for a second booking.

Keillor-Dunn had a great chance to level for the Staggies but he fired wide when it looked easier to score.

Davis Keillor-Dunn celebrates
Davis Keillor-Dunn get s a lift from his skipper Andrew Davies after drawing County level

The opening exchanges in Dingwall were cagey but the match came alive just after the half-hour mark.

From a County corner, Hearts burst clear through Walker and when he eventually played in Goncalves, the striker took his time before slipping the ball in at the near post past the advancing Scott Fox in the home goal.

The Staggies players were adamant there had been an infringement at the other end before Hearts broke clear but referee Willie Collum was unmoved.

The hosts were, however, back level within two minutes as Michael Gardyne delivered the ball into the area and when Randall failed to clear, Keillor-Dunn pounced to fire home from close range.

And the home side came close to taking the lead through a Naismith header but keeper Joe McLaughlin dived low to his left to save.

Sixteen-year-old Harry Cochrane was playing in only his second competitive match for Hearts but he suffered an injury to his foot on the stroke of half-time and had to be replaced by another teenager, Euan Henderson.

Don Cowie also failed to appear for the second half as he suffered a recurrence of a calf strain, with Jamie Brandon his replacement.

Connor Randall is sent off
Connor Randall was sent off by referee Willie Collum after picking up two bookings

Kyle Lafferty and Randall linked well to set up Walker to smash the winner into the roof of the net before Randall was sent off, his second yellow coming for a hefty challenge on Jim O'Brien.

County substitute Alex Schalk hit a free-kick just over before McLaughlin made a terrific stop from Keillor-Dunn

The 19-year-old then had a glorious chance to level when he latched on to a cross at the back post. It looked a simple finish but he managed to knock it wide of the goal.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 15Davies
  • 2FraserBooked at 56mins
  • 28van der Weg
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forMckayat 77'minutes
  • 17DraperSubstituted forSchalkat 69'minutes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 18LindsayBooked at 85mins
  • 40Keillor-Dunn
  • 11CurranSubstituted forMikkelsenat 62'minutesBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 6Kelly
  • 8Chow
  • 9Dow
  • 10Schalk
  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 22Mckay
  • 31McCarey

Hearts

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 16RandallBooked at 65mins
  • 6Berra
  • 4SouttarBooked at 77mins
  • 2Smith
  • 15CowieSubstituted forBrandonat 46'minutes
  • 8Buaben
  • 47CochraneSubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutes
  • 7Walker
  • 77Esmael GonçalvesBooked at 58minsSubstituted forGrzelakat 67'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 11Milinkovic
  • 13Hamilton
  • 23Stockton
  • 27Grzelak
  • 30Brandon
  • 38Petkov
  • 43Henderson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,819

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Ross County).

Rafal Grzelak (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Rafal Grzelak.

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Rafal Grzelak (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

Jason Naismith (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian).

Attempt missed. Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Foul by Jason Naismith (Ross County).

Euan Henderson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Thomas Mikkelsen (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Thomas Mikkelsen (Ross County).

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

Attempt saved. Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Alex Schalk (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Booking

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thomas Mikkelsen (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Billy McKay replaces Michael Gardyne.

Foul by Jason Naismith (Ross County).

Rafal Grzelak (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Naismith (Ross County).

Rafal Grzelak (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Attempt missed. Davis Keillor-Dunn (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jamie Lindsay (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Schalk replaces Ross Draper.

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Kyle Lafferty (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Rafal Grzelak replaces Esmael Gonçalves.

Attempt missed. Kenny van der Weg (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic97202151623
2Aberdeen97201661023
3Rangers95222011917
4Motherwell95131511416
5St Johnstone94231314-114
6Hibernian93421413113
7Hearts9333911-212
8Dundee92251017-78
9Hamilton92161319-67
10Ross County9216816-87
11Kilmarnock9135713-66
12Partick Thistle9036818-103
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