Scottish Championship
HeartsHeart of Midlothian4DumbartonDumbarton0

Heart of Midlothian 4-0 Dumbarton

Hearts produced a stirring second-half display at Tynecastle to maintain their assault towards the Scottish Championship title.

Osman Sow's left-foot strike in the 53rd minute broke the deadlock before Danny Wilson headed home Billy King's cross 15 minutes later.

And King scored two late goals to underline Hearts's dominance.

The Jambos are 17 points ahead of second-placed Hibernian and have a game in hand over their Edinburgh rivals.

Sam Nicholson and Sow both tested visiting goalkeeper Danny Rogers early on while Adam Eckersley and Callum Paterson blazed efforts over the crossbar.

Sow forced a stunning save from Rogers just before the half-hour mark, with the keeper tipping a long-range effort onto the crossbar before recovering to deny Genero Zeefuik a tap-in.

The hosts went ahead eight minutes after the break when Sow lashed in from close range after Dumbarton failed to deal with a Nicholson corner.

The Sons were denied a leveller when Wilson produced a fine block to thwart Andrew Graham following a corner and Wilson put the result beyond doubt 21 minutes from time when he headed in from King's corner.

King rounded the win off in style, first slaloming his way through a host of challenges and firing past Rogers before racing into the area to slot under the keeper.

Former Hearts players pause to remember the late Dave Mackay, arguably the club's greatest player
Former Hearts players pause to remember the late Dave Mackay, arguably the club's greatest player

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Alexander
  • 2Paterson
  • 5Ozturk
  • 4Wilson
  • 44Eckersley
  • 11Nicholson
  • 14Pallardo Gonzalez
  • 6Gomis
  • 7WalkerSubstituted forKingat 61'minutes
  • 20SowSubstituted forKeatingsat 61'minutes
  • 23ZeefuikSubstituted forEl Hassnaouiat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Hassnaoui
  • 12King
  • 13Hamilton
  • 19Keatings
  • 21Anderson
  • 22McKay
  • 30McGhee

Dumbarton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rogers
  • 22WilsonSubstituted forGilhaneyat 77'minutes
  • 4Graham
  • 12Taggart
  • 3LintonSubstituted forEastonat 66'minutes
  • 17Petrie
  • 8Agnew
  • 6Turner
  • 18Findlay
  • 14Fleming
  • 9DugganSubstituted forMegginsonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mair
  • 7Gilhaney
  • 10Megginson
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Easton
  • 19Ewings
  • 20Campbell
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
15,631

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home24
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 4, Dumbarton 0. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Mark Gilhaney (Dumbarton).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

  7. Post update

    Scott Taggart (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Dumbarton 0. Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Mitchel Megginson replaces Chris Duggan.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Soufian El Hassnaoui (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Eckersley (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Chris Duggan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Mark Gilhaney replaces Mark Wilson.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Chris Duggan (Dumbarton).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Soufian El Hassnaoui replaces Género Zeefuik.