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Hearts 2-3 Raith Rovers: Scottish Championship leaders suffer shock defeat

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tynecastle
Reghan Tumilty's close-range finish was Raith's third of the game
Reghan Tumilty's close-range finish was Raith's third of the game

Raith Rovers shocked Scottish Championship leaders Hearts at Tynecastle by administering their second defeat in three league games.

Playing in their first match of the year after a Covid-19 outbreak, Raith led thanks to Gozie Ugwu's debut goal.

Regan Hendry then had a penalty saved by Craig Gordon before Manny Duku converted from the spot after the break to double the advantage.

Reghan Tumilty added a third before Liam Boyce's consolation brace.

It was Raith's first win at Tynecastle since December 1993 - an especially remarkable achievement given they had trained just once since the club was effectively closed down to combat a rash of Covid cases.

Former Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald played his part with stunning stops from Steven Naismith and Stephen Kingsley, before another astonishing stop denied Naismith a leveller in stoppage-time.

Robbie Neilson was shown a red card at full time after protesting to referee John Beaton but, despite this setback, his side remain six points clear at the top of the division.

The sides meet again in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday in Kirkcaldy (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Hearts

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gordon
  • 2Smith
  • 26Halkett
  • 6BerraSubstituted forPopescuat 45'minutes
  • 21Kingsley
  • 17Mackay-Steven
  • 19Irving
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forWalkerat 56'minutes
  • 24FrearSubstituted forGinnellyat 50'minutes
  • 10Boyce
  • 14NaismithBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Haring
  • 7Walker
  • 13Stewart
  • 15Wighton
  • 28Popescu
  • 30Ginnelly
  • 31Henderson

Raith Rovers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2Tumilty
  • 14Musonda
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 74mins
  • 3MacDonald
  • 12MatthewsSubstituted forTaitat 84'minutes
  • 8Hendry
  • 7Armstrong
  • 13SpencerBooked at 90mins
  • 21KennedySubstituted forRossat 88'minutes
  • 23UgwuSubstituted forDukuat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 4Davidson
  • 5Mendy
  • 9Duku
  • 16Smith
  • 17Thomson
  • 18Tait
  • 22Ross
Referee:
John Beaton

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Raith Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Raith Rovers 3.

  3. Booking

    Brad Spencer (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Josh Ginnelly (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Brad Spencer (Raith Rovers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Andrew Irving (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Armstrong (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Craig Halkett (Heart of Midlothian).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 2, Raith Rovers 3. Liam Boyce (Heart of Midlothian) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Irving with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

  13. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Brad Spencer (Raith Rovers).

  15. Booking

    Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Steven Naismith (Heart of Midlothian).

  17. Post update

    Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

  19. Post update

    Regan Hendry (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Frankie Musonda (Raith Rovers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts1290335171827
2Dunfermline125612013721
3Dundee125522321220
4Raith Rovers1053224131118
5Morton124441115-416
6Ayr123541616014
7Queen of Sth134271930-1114
8Inverness CT93331512312
9Alloa122281228-168
10Arbroath12147818-107
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