Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Dunfermline Athletic
Tuesday 17th September 2019, KO 14:00 | League | Meggetland Stadium
Hearts were forced to fight tooth and nail for all three points as they narrowly beat Dunfermline at Meggetland.
It was a strong line-up from Andy Kirk's side, with first team players Clevid Dikamona and Oliver Bozanic coming into the squad.
It looked like that strength would benefit the hosts as they dominated the early proceedings. However, it was Dunfermline who had the best chance of the opening exchanges. Petkov gave the ball away in defence and Matthew Todd slipped through Andy Ryan, but the striker could only put wide when one-on-one.
The Jambos finally took the lead just before the half-hour mark. Jay Sandison barreled down the left, eventually getting into the box where he went down under the challenge of Matthew Bowman. It was Oliver Bozanic who stepped up to the spot and he opened the scoring with a cool penalty.
Scully then denied Hearts a second when Lewis Moore, who was getting joy down the left-hand side, was played in. The winger, who's on loan at Falkirk, hit a low drive across the keeper but Scully got a hand to it.
Dunfermline then found an equaliser, quite against the run of play. Josh Colley crossed in from the left and Sandison couldn't clear his lines, instead playing in Gabby McGill who finished from close-range.
Pars' keeper Scully would prove hard to beat again when Moore found Morrison on the right, and the winger hit a powerful drive at goal only to be denied once more.
Into the second-half and the Jambos came out all guns blazing, getting their second penalty and goal of the day. This time, Keena was tripped in the area and he stepped up to finish high into the corner and put Hearts ahead.
Once again, Cal Morrison looked the most likely threat for Hearts as he tested the strength of Scully's wrists but the keeper was equal to his drive.
Gabby McGill did have a chance for a second when the ball dropped to him from close-range, but Kelby Mason was alert to it.
Morrison had a speculative effort denied on the hour mark. Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, he turned to hit it on his left and his shot swerved towards the top corner - but there was Scully again.
The winger then turned creator when he found substitute Rory Currie with an inch-perfect cross, but somehow Scully denied the striker from close-range.
It looked like the hosts were going to rue their missed chances when Dunfermline found an equaliser. Hitting on the counter, former Hearts youth player Kieran Mitchell was played through and he rounded Kelby Mason before finishing calmly to tie things up.
However, Hearts hit back - and this time, not from the penalty spot. Leo Watson burst forward from left-back and crossed where he found Currie, who took a touch before firing low past Scully.
The Jambos almost wrapped things up completely just a minute later when Connor Smith played in Lewis Moore on the left, but this time Scully could save to keep things interesting.
Hearts: Mason; Logan, Dikamona, Petkov ©, Sandison (Leo Watson, 70’); C. Morrison, Ritchie, Bozanic, Henderson (C. Smith, 60’); Moore, Keena (Currie, 70’)
Subs: Silva; Baur, Hamilton, S. McGill
Dunfermline: Scully; Bowman, S. Morrison (Jordan, 63’), Bragg, Brown ©; Sawers, Allan, Todd (Lennon Watson, 67’), Colley (Coulson, 63’); G. McGill (Mitchell, 67’), Ryan (Graham, 63’)
Referee: George Calder
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