Match Report

Queen of the South were made to pay for a lacklustre performance in Edinburgh as six goals from five different players were more than enough for Heart of Midlothian to defeat the South 6-1.

AJ made two changes to this side that lost 3-0 at home to Inverness eight days ago with Nortei Nortey and Rhys McCabe returning to the starting line-up, replacing Niyah Joseph and the injured Joe McKee. It was a 4-3-3 formation for the visitors, with Nortey lining up in the centre of midfield, while Connor Shields led the line.
The hosts included current internationals Craig Gordon and Liam Boyce, while ex-Scotland players Christoph Berra and Steven Naismith also started for the Jambos.
There was an early scare for Queens as Gregor Buchanan went down holding his knee following a challenge on Steven Naismith. Thankfully for the visitors though Buchanan got up and was able to play on, a relief given there were no defenders amongst the subs.
Olly Lee, Hearts? main creative threat, almost got the opening goal after 10 minutes, his free header just six-yards out flying over Jack Leighfield?s goal.
10 minutes later though the home side went ahead through a piece of magic from Steven Naismith. A loose ball from McCabe in midfield found its way to Naismith, who unleashed a thunderous volley from all of 25-yards into the top corner of the net. Leighfield was left with absolutely no chance with Naismith?s goal of the season contender.
The home side should have doubled their lead after 27 minutes. After Leighfield saved a Boyce shot from close range, Lee somehow fired the rebound well over the bar from just three-yards out.
Halkett and Shields clash with Shields coming off worse with a stud marked ankle
Queens began to see more possession after the goal and arguably should have had a penalty after 29 minutes. A pinpoint ball through from Nortey found Shields in the area. Gordon came off his line, clattering Shields in the process, although referee Willie Collum was happy to wave play on.
Shields is flattened by Gordon but the referee decided it wasn`t worthy of a penalty
The Doonhamers were continuing to defend astutely while offering some sort of threat going forward, with Wullie Gibson seeing his 30-yard shot tipped over the bar by Gordon.
Gordon didn`t have to work too hard to tip Gibsons` effort over he bar
It only took one lapse of concentration at the back for the Jambos to double their lead though, doing so a minute into first-half injury time. Lee found himself in space down the Hearts right-hand side, delivering a ball into the backpost where Liam Boyce was waiting to nod home from close range for the Jambos second of the afternoon.
HT: Hearts 2-0 Queens
Queens certainly didn?t disgrace themselves in the first period, with the star quality in Hearts squad proving too much for the Doonhamers. It was the fifth time this season Queens went into the break losing, although on four of those occasions it has been the South who have bagged the first goal of the second period. Sadly, it wasn?t to be the case at Tynecastle.
23 seconds was all it took for Liam Boyce to grab his second of the afternoon, getting on the end of a low Aidy White cross to the back-post to tap in from just a few yards out.
Much like the game against Inverness, Queens struggled to get going in the second-half. Euan East replaced Aidan Fitzpatrick, before Dobbie made way on 66 minutes to hand a debut to the rapid Kieran McKechnie.
Despite struggling to create any clear-cut chances, the Doonhamers pulled a goal back on 72 minutes. A free-kick on the right-hand side, delivered in by McCabe, found Ayo Obileye at the back post. Obileye made no mistake in volleying home from inches out for his second goal for the club.
Obileye scores
Any chances of a miracle come back were shattered just four minutes later though. Another misplaced pass in Queens? half gave Jamie Walker plenty of space at the edge of the area to fire into the bottom left corner, restoring Hearts? three-goal advantage.
It got worse after 81 minutes as an unfortunate slip from Gregor Buchanan in the area allowed Stephen Kingsley to pick out Elliott Frear six-yards out to tap home.
Liam Boyce almost completed what would have been a deserved hat-trick on 89 minutes, but somehow volleyed wide from six-yards out while facing an open goal.
There was to be a sixth for the hosts though through another substitute in Josh Ginnelly, the wide-man striking his effort from all of 25-yards into Leighfield?s bottom corner.
FT: Hearts 6-1 Queens
After a disappointing defeat in the capital Queens are away from home again next week, travelling to Cappielow for the second time this season.
Finlay Jack

  • Leighfield

  • Gibson

  • Buchanan

  • Obileye

  • Maxwell

  • Pybus

  • McCabe


  • Nortey

  • Fitzpatrick


  • Dobbie


  • Ferguson

  • Goss

  • McGrory


  • East


  • Joseph

  • McKechnie

  • McMahon

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Pre-match Good afternoon and welcome to Tynecastle as Queens visit last seasons relegated Premiership side Heart of Midlothian. 2 changes for Queens today, full side to follow...
Pre-match 0️⃣1️⃣ Leighfield 0️⃣2️⃣ Nortey 0️⃣3️⃣ Maxwell 0️⃣4️⃣ Buchanan 0️⃣5️⃣ Obileye 0️⃣7️⃣ Fitzpatrick 0️⃣8️⃣ Pybus 1️⃣0️⃣ Shields 1️⃣1️⃣ Dobbie © 1️⃣2️⃣ McCabe 3️⃣3️⃣ Gibson
Pre-match Hearts: 1.Gordon 2.Smith 3.White 6.Berra 7.Walker 8.Lee 10.Boyce 14.Naismith 19.Irving 21.Kingsley 26.Halkett
Pre-match QoS subs: 2️⃣0️⃣ Ferguson 0️⃣9️⃣ Goss 1️⃣5️⃣ McGrory 1️⃣6️⃣ East 1️⃣7️⃣ Joseph 1️⃣8️⃣ McKechnie 2️⃣1️⃣ McMahon
Pre-match Hearts subs: 13.Stewart 5.Haring 15.Wighton 16.Halliday 24.Frear 28.Popescu 30.Ginnelly
Pre-match Number 33 for Queens is of course Wullie Gibson!
Pre-match Today’s referee is Willie Collum, assisted by John McCrossan and Kevin McElhinney.
Pre-match Just minutes to go until kick-off...can Queens pull off a shock and take 3️⃣ points back to Dumfries?
First half begins
1%27 Hearts get the game underway!
2%27 The Doonhamers line-up in a 4-3-3 formation today with Nortey in CM, while Shields leads the line. Dobbie starts on the left hand side.
6%27 Buchanan is down in the Queens area and looks in some trouble...
10%27 Lee gets a free header in the six-yard area but nods well over
18%27 The hosts are seeing most of the ball so far without creating too much so far, Leighfield yet to make a save of note.
20%27 Goal Hearts. Naismith the scorer
21%27 Wow. Naismith puts the hosts ahead with an absolute screamer on the volley from 25-yards.
26%27 Walker goes down claiming a penalty but Willie Collum waves play on.
27%27 Leighfield makes a brilliant save from Boyce, but Olly Lee gets on the rebound three yards out and somehow skies it. (1-0)
29%27 Should be a penalty to Queens as Gordon absolutely wipes out Shields in the area
31%27 Walker has an effort from 20-yards but it sails over. (1-0)
38%27 Gibson tries his luck from range but Gordon tips over for a Queens corner. (1-0)
46%27 Goal Hearts. Boyce the scorer
46%27 Boyce gets on the end of a Lee cross to double the hosts lead. (2-0)
First half ends
Half Time A late first half goal for Hearts sees them go in 2-0 up at the break. (2-0)
Second half begins
46%27 Goal Hearts. Boyce the scorer
46%27 Boyce bags a third for Hearts 20 seconds after the break. (3-0)
48%27 Dobbie takes it past two at the edge of the area but fires just wide. (3-0)
57%27 Dobbie gets past Naismith before firing just over Gordon’s bar from 25-yards. (3-0)
60%27 Boyce has an effort from the edge of the area but Leighfield does well to hold. (3-0)
63%27 Euan East comes on as Queens look to salvage something from the game. (3-0)
66%27 Kieran McKechnie replaces the skipper for his Queens debut! (3-0)
72%27 GOAL QUEENS! Obileye the scorer
73%27 AYOOO!!!! Obileye pulls one back from a McCabe free-kick! (3-1)
74%27 SUBSTITUTION Hearts: Naismith OFF REPLACED BY Halliday
76%27 Goal Hearts. Walker the scorer
77%27 Walker adds a fourth for Hearts. (4-1)
81%27 Goal Hearts. Frear the scorer
82%27 Elliot Frear makes it 5. (5-1)
87%27 Halliday almost adds a sixth from a corner. (5-1)
89%27 Boyce misses an open goal from 6-yards out to seal his hat-trick. (5-1)
91%27 Goal Hearts. Ginnelly the scorer
91%27 Ginnelly adds a sixth. (6-1).
The game ends
Full Time It’s over. Queens lose 6-1.