Scottish Championship
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Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Falkirk

Jordan McGhee scores for Hearts against Falkirk
McGhee headed Hearts in front

Scottish Championship leaders Hearts made it four wins out of four with a comfortable victory over Falkirk.

Jordan McGhee headed the hosts ahead in 16 minutes and Billy King doubled their lead when he netted after James Keatings' penalty had been saved.

King slotted in another before the break but Hearts lost Prince Buaben to a red card in the second period.

Osman Sow won and converted a spot-kick for Hearts' fourth before Botti Bia Bi's shot pulled one back for Falkirk.

With a Tynecastle crowd of 16,369 roaring them on McGhee broke the deadlock when he nodded home a corner after MacDonald failed to reach the ball.

The visitors came close to an equaliser when Blair Alston whipped a free-kick around the defensive wall but was inches the wrong side of the post.

Hearts' second came about when Sam Nicholson was brought down inside the box by former Jambo Alan Maybury.

James Keatings took the spot kick which was saved by MacDonald but King knocked the rebound into the corner.

Hearts were rampant and Sow and Keatings came close before number three came seven minutes before half-time.

Keatings provided the cross for King to nod home from close range.

Falkirk boss Peter Houston made a couple of changes for the second half, with Liam Dick and Alex Cooper replaced by Luke Leahy and Bia-Bi.

The home side, though, were in sparkling form and Sow had a shot that was deflected just over the crossbar and Nicholson was able to find space inside the box but his shot on goal was only just wide of the target.

But with 18 minutes to go they were reduced to 10 men when Buaben was shown a red card for a lunge on Falkirk midfielder Olumide Durojaiye.

Referee Kevin Clancy was only a few yards away from the incident and received few complaints about his decision.

Despite losing a man, Hearts increased their lead when Sow scored from the spot after he himself had been brought down by Will Vaulks.

Falkirk scored a consolation with just five minutes left when substitute Bia-Bi knocked home Rory Loy's cross from close range.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 13Hamilton
  • 30McGhee
  • 4Wilson
  • 3McHattie
  • 5OzturkSubstituted forMcKayat 66'minutes
  • 12KingSubstituted forHoltat 73'minutes
  • 6Gomis
  • 17BuabenBooked at 72mins
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forWalkerat 68'minutes
  • 19Keatings
  • 20Sow

Substitutes

  • 7Walker
  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 10Holt
  • 16Oliver
  • 22McKay
  • 25Hollis
  • 44Eckersley

Falkirk

  • 1MacDonald
  • 6VaulksBooked at 78mins
  • 17MayburyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forRowanat 69'minutes
  • 5McCracken
  • 4DurojaiyeBooked at 69mins
  • 15DickSubstituted forLeahyat 49'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 8Alston
  • 7TaiwoBooked at 84mins
  • 20CooperSubstituted forBia Biat 49'minutes
  • 33Loy
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 14Grant
  • 19Leahy
  • 21Rowan
  • 23Shepherd
  • 28Bia Bi
  • 35Boulding
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
16,369

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Hearts 4, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hearts 4, Falkirk 1.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Walker.

Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Hearts) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Osman Sow (Hearts) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Osman Sow (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Hearts 4, Falkirk 1. Botti Bia Bi (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Rory Loy.

Foul by Morgaro Gomis (Hearts).

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

Morgaro Gomis (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by James Keatings.

Goal!

Goal! Hearts 4, Falkirk 0. Osman Sow (Hearts) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Hearts. Osman Sow draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Will Vaulks (Falkirk) after a foul in the penalty area.

Jamie Walker (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Rowan (Falkirk).

Morgaro Gomis (Hearts) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Jason Holt replaces Billy King.

Dismissal

Prince Buaben (Hearts) is shown the red card.

Foul by Prince Buaben (Hearts).

Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Liam Rowan replaces Alan Maybury.

Booking

Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Osman Sow (Hearts) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olumide Durojaiye (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Jamie Walker replaces Sam Nicholson.

Attempt missed. Blair Alston (Falkirk) header from very close range misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hearts. Brad McKay replaces Alim Ozturk because of an injury.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Hearts).

Rory Loy (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. James Keatings (Hearts) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy King (Hearts).

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