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Summary

  1. Aberdeen virtually uncatchable in second
  2. O'Connor wins it for Dons
  3. Goncalves nods in at back post
  4. Adam Rooney gives Dons the lead
  5. Dons' Jack ruled out with injury
  6. Win will all-but seal second spot for Dons
  7. FT: Partick Thistle 1-2 Rangers
  8. Late McKay & Garner goals for Rangers

Live Reporting

By Andy Campbell and Bryn Palmer

All times stated are UK

  1. Til the next time

    That's it for our live coverage this weekend.  Thanks for your company.

    You can listen to commentary of the first leg of the Premiership play-off quarter-final between Morton and Dundee United on Tuesday, 19:45 kick-off.

    The Premiership resumes with Aberdeen hosting Celtic on Friday.  

    Until then...

  2. 'Nothing can rock my confidence' - Cathro

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    He may have suffered a 10th defeat in his 19th Premiership match in charge, but Hearts head coach Ian Cathro insists nothing will shake his confidence.

    "The fans are not happy, they are angry and upset and frustrated, because the team are not getting results. I am the person who is responsible for that," he tells Radio Scotland.

    "I have absolute confidence in myself and in my work to find the things we need.  We will deal with a bit of tension and anger, and we will build and grow.  There will be different voices coming from that new stand.

    "I don't need the confidence [of the owners and fans] because of the confidence I have in my work. There is not one thing that could happen that will rock my confidence in my work - that is impossible."  

  3. Dons 'punching totally above their weight' - McInnes

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is understandably bullish after effectively clinching second place in the Premiership for a third straight season. 

    He tells BBC Radio Scotland: "It was important we showed strength and resilience after Hearts scored, and composure and confidence to get the next goal, and we killed any momentum that Hearts had.

    "There was total commitment, and a real honesty in the guys. We are punching totally above our weight to get to 70 points for a third year in a row.

    "People thought with Rangers coming back up, we might struggle to match that but we have taken another giant step to finishing second and have got to two cup finals. 

    "My players have me everything today but we are still searching for those perfect performances that we will probably need to win the Scottish Cup final." 

  4. Are Hearts 'beyond point of no return' with Cathro?

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Former Hearts player Allan Preston on Radio Scotland: "That was absolute mediocrity from Hearts. They are dropping down the league like a hot brick and something has to change because the Hearts fans are getting short-changed.

    "The club has gone backwards at a dramatic rate and the recruitment has been horrendous.

    "Can Ian Cathro get it back? I don't think so. I think we are beyond the point of no return with Ian Cathro. This is a rip-up job and start again." 

  5. Ouch!

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    This wasn't how it was supposed to end.  

    Hearts players re-emerge from the dressing room wearing T-shirts thanking the fans for their support throughout the season. But although another near-capacity 16,522 were in attendance, barely 1,000 are left to acknowledge the players.

    Head coach Ian Cathro comes out after the players, takes a few tentative steps onto the pitch, gets booed, and thinks better of it. 

  6. Aberdeen 'have been the second best team in Scotland'

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Willie Miller

    Former Aberdeen defender on BBC Sportsound

    "Aberdeen have been good throughout the season and they will finish second on merit. They have had some magnificent games, running up seven goals against both Motherwell and Dundee, and have looked invincible at the back at times, but not recently.

    "They deserved the victory today. There was only one period where that was in doubt, at the start of the second half. I was really disappointed with the Hearts response to Aberdeen's second goal, and after that the Dons took control again. 

    "Throughout the season they have been the second best team. This wasn't one of their better performances, but it was full of grit and determination."

  7. 10 defeats in 19 league games under Cathro

    FT: Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    So that's a 10th defeat in 19 Premiership matches under Ian Cathro, and a fourth in 11 home league games.  

    Fourth place, which would bring a Europa League spot, looks beyond them now, with three away games left - against Rangers, St Johnstone and Celtic.

  8. FULL-TIME - Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    So that effectively wraps up the runners-up spot for Aberdeen for a third successive season, given their superior goal difference over Rangers.

    A dismal end to the season for the home fans, with boos ringing round Tynecastle.

  9. RED CARD

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Oh dear. Jamie Walker has not been at his best today, and his frustration shows as he slides into a tackle on Graeme Shinnie, and picks up his second yellow card of the match.

  10. YELLOW CARD

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds puts in a no-holds barred challenge on Hearts' Liam Smith, who tumbles spectacularly.  It's a definite yellow.  Other refs might have issued a red.

  11. Rooney wastes Dons chance

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Adam Rooney hasn't scored nearly 70 goals in the last three seasons by being shy in front of goal. 

    After a swift counter-attack, Aberdeen's top scorer fires wide from inside the box, but Graeme Shinnie was in a far better position.

    It's Rooney's last contribution, as Jadyen Stockley is sent on for the last five minutes. 

  12. Into last 10...

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    We're into the last 10 minutes.  Can Hearts summon up a second equaliser, or is Tynecastle's Main Stand about to witness another defeat before being demolished? 

  13. Missed chance for Dons

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Another chance for Aberdeen, after a long ball forward by Ash Taylor. Niall McGinn's cross finds Graeme Shinnie, but he heads wide.

  14. Hearts 'handed initiative back to Dons'

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Willie Miller

    Former Scotland defender on Radio Scotland

    "You can't give away goals as easily as the O'Connor one. Hearts have fought back hard to get on level terms, and then handed the initiative straight back to Aberdeen. 

    "There are plenty of Hearts jerseys out there, but they are not in the right position."

  15. Hearts sub - Johnsen on for Cowie

    Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    A change for Hearts, but it's not a popular one, as lanky striker Bjorn Johnsen replaces Don Cowie, who's been the engine for Hearts in midfield.

    Hearts fans shows their displeasure with a chorus of boos, while Cowie heads straight up the tunnel. 

  16. GOAL - Hearts 1-2 Aberdeen

    Anthony O'Connor (64 mins)

    It didn't stay level for long.  Jonny Hayes sends a free-kick into the Aberdeen box and Anthony O'Connor, a half-time substitute, bullets home a header. 

  17. Hearts 'have their tails up'

    Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen

    Former Hearts player Allan Preston on Radio Scotland: "Hearts have their tails up now and you have to give the manager a bit of credit.  He changes the shape at half-time and young Liam Smith has got forward down the right flank and delivered a great cross for the equaliser."

  18. GOAL - Hearts 1-1 Aberdeen

    Isma Goncalves

    Great ball in from Liam Smith from the right flank, and Isma Goncalves beats two Aberdeen defenders to get his head to it and bundle it over the line.  

    Game on.

    Isma Goncalves celebrates his equaliser for Hearts
    Image caption: Isma Goncalves' equaliser provided short-lived respite for Hearts
  19. Paterson a frustrated spectactor

    Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

    How Hearts have missed the presence of Callum Paterson in this second half of the season. 

    The Scotland right-back had scored nine goals before the new year but is recovering from a knee injury that will sideline him for up to nine months.   

    Injured Hearts defender Callum Paterson watches from the stands
    Image caption: Injured Hearts defender Callum Paterson watches from the stands at Tynecastle
  20. Chances at both ends

    Hearts 0-1 Aberdeen

    Jonny Hayes breaks down the right for Aberdeen but after cutting back inside, the winger sends his effort wide of the near post.  

    But Hearts respond instantly, and finally create a chance worthy of the name. But Arnaud Djoum, six yards out, stabs his effort wide. Hearts' best chance of the game so far.