Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Hearts 0-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Billy McKay took his goals tally to 15 for the season as he fired Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a win against Hearts at rain-lashed Tynecastle.

Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald produced a first-class save to keep out Aaron Doran's fierce 25-yard strike.

But after the interval John Hughes' men moved up a gear and proved too strong for the basement side.

McKay curled home the opener and slammed home his second with an assured strike seven minutes from time.

Much was made of Hearts' threadbare squad prior to kick-off.

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Interview - Inverness boss John Hughes

With Ryan Stevenson and Jason Holt joining their injury list, manager Gary Locke said he would have only 12 senior outfield professionals from which to choose for the visit of second-top Inverness, and the game began with two 18-year-olds - Gary Oliver and Sam Nicholson - in maroon shirts.

But Locke's defence looked strong nonetheless, with Danny Wilson and Dylan McGowan flanked by Jamie Hamill and Kevin McHattie.

They fought bravely throughout to repel Caley Thistle whose main absence continues to be playmaker James Vincent as he recovers from a leg fracture.

Hearts had lost as many matches in the Scottish Premiership as Inverness had won and again they were left to rely on team spirit - nine of the their starting XI came through the youth ranks - and youthful exuberance to provide a rare victory.

That served them well for an hour, before McKay made the breakthrough, and thereafter Inverness looked the more dangerous side.

Caley Thistle midfielder Marley Watkins had an effort saved by MacDonald and he supplied most of the forward momentum in their engine room.

His surge from deep in his own half caught out the hosts. He ran 60 yards before passing to Shinnie, whose powerful left-foot strike was diverted wide.

Opportunities for Hearts were a rarity so there was disappointment when a free-kick 20 yards out, the result of a Carl Tremarco foul on striker Callum Paterson, was smashed into the wall. However, Hamill reacted quickly to the loose ball and slapped a shot at Dean Brill's goal from 20 yards.

The only other real chance of note in the first period came from Inverness.

Doran thundered a 25-yard shot at the Hearts goal and MacDonald showed superb athleticism to tip the ball over the bar.

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Interview - Heart of Midlothian boss Gary Locke

From the corner kick, the ball fell to Shinnie and he smashed a shot a foot wide.

Inverness looked more assured of their superiority in the second half.

In 56 minutes Gary Warren ought to have hit the target but he screwed his shot three yards over the bar from 10 yards.

But there was joy soon for the blue-shirted Highlanders when McKay moved into space in the Hearts box, cut the ball on to his right foot and curled a lovely shot past the despairing MacDonald.

He came close to adding his 15th of the season when he pinged a shot wide and Shinnie suffered the same fate soon after as they pinned Hearts back.

McKay found space between three Hearts players to volley a right-foot shot off the post and, although Callum Tapping gave Brill a fright with a shot 13 minutes from time, Inverness's dominance was underlined when Watkins slid a precise ball through to McKay and he smacked a pin-point left-footed strike into the top corner of the net to guarantee the win.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Hamill
  • 3McHattie
  • 20TappingBooked at 34mins
  • 5McGowan
  • 4Wilson
  • 8Robinson
  • 28NicholsonSubstituted forKingat 66'minutes
  • 29OliverSubstituted forCarrickat 71'minutes
  • 12Paterson
  • 14WalkerSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16McKay
  • 17Smith
  • 18Carrick
  • 19King
  • 21Hamilton
  • 26King
  • 30McGhee

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 3Shinnie
  • 18TremarcoBooked at 42mins
  • 9ForanBooked at 45mins
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 15WatkinsBooked at 89minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 90+2'minutes
  • 8DraperBooked at 54mins
  • 7Mckay
  • 11Ross
  • 10DoranSubstituted forAgdesteinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 14Devine
  • 17Greenhalgh
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 23Agdestein
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
11,950

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Hearts 0, Inverness CT 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hearts 0, Inverness CT 2.
Attempt missed. Callum Tapping (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Marley Watkins.
Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
Foul by Billy King (Hearts).
Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).
Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by David Smith.
Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by David Smith (Hearts).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Torbjorn Agdestein replaces Aaron Doran.
Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
Foul by Danny Wilson (Hearts).
Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hearts 0, Inverness CT 2. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.
Kevin McHattie (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).
Billy King (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Robinson (Hearts).
Attempt missed. Callum Tapping (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Dale Carrick replaces Gary Oliver.
Billy McKay (Inverness CT) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).
Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).
Callum Paterson (Hearts) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Billy King replaces Sam Nicholson.
Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Nicholson (Hearts).
Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Scott Robinson (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Gary Oliver (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gary Oliver (Hearts).
Foul by Nick Ross (Inverness CT).
Sam Nicholson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hearts 0, Inverness CT 1. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Draper.
Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Booking

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).
Scott Robinson (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. David Smith (Hearts) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).
Gary Oliver (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Danny Wilson (Hearts) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Hearts. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hearts 0, Inverness CT 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. David Smith replaces Jamie Walker because of an injury.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hearts 0, Inverness CT 0.
Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1512302439
2Inverness CT1510231232
3Dundee Utd168532129
4Aberdeen169251029
5Motherwell16916-628
6St Johnstone15636521
7Hibernian16457-617
8St Mirren15447-916
9Partick Thistle15357-1214
10Kilmarnock163310-1112
11Ross County153210-1411
12Hearts163310-14-3
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