Match Reports

Hearts 5-0 Kilmarnock

4th May 2014

Magical Jambos stick five past Kilmarnock in performance of the season at Tynecastle.

Heart of Midlothian 5-0 Kilmarnock
(Stevenson 11' & 23 & 45' King 55' Paterson 59')
From Hearts Media at Tynecastle.

Hearts hit Kilmarnock for five at Tynecastle on Sunday in a dazzling display.

Ryan Stevenson was the hat-trick hero in the first half, before setting up both Billy King and Callum Paterson in the second period.

Gary Locke kept a winning side after making no changes from the team that disposed of Hibs last Sunday, though Jamie Hamill returned from suspension to take a seat on the bench.

The Jambos started brightly, and after Dale Carrick was unlucky not to close down a through ball, Paterson's low cross from the right was hit on the turn by Stevenson from inside the box but Craig Samson got down well to gather.

A dazzling ten minute display of sublime attacking football saw the men in maroon rewarded with the game's opening goal. San Nicholson was fouled on the edge of the box and Stevenson thundered his free-kick through a clutch of shirts and beyond Samson, into the back of the net.

The Hearts No. 7 doubled his tally for the afternoon on 23 minutes. The dangerous Nicholson and Carrick combined to tee-up Stevo at the edge of the box, and he made no mistake from 18 yards by rifling home past Samson.

Though the men in maroon were playing with complete confidence, the visitors proved they were still in the game when Kris Boyd forced Jamie MacDonald into a fine sprawling save at his near post before half-time.

Goal hero Stevenson had the chance to round off his hat-trick on the half-time mark when he was fed by the rampaging King, but Samson made a good block from his right-foot effort.

Moments later, the man of the match did grab that third goal. King shoed a tremendous burst of pace to skin his man down the left before firing in a cross that found Stevenson, who prodded the ball into the back of the net. 

The Jambos picked up from where they left off in the second half, terrorising the Kilmarnock defence. Stevenson was inches away from making it four with a curling shot, and on 55 minutes his stunning cross-field pass sent King clear and he bounded into the box to drill the ball beyond Samson to make it 4-0.

An incredible day became even more magical four minutes later as Stevenson turned provider, sending a ball across the face of goal for Paterson to knock into an empty net.

All in all, a simply dominating display from the Scottish Premiership's in-form team, and the Gorgie boys will look to round off the home campaign on Wednesday night with another positive result against Partick Thistle. 

Hearts: MacDonald; Paterson, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie; King (Smith, 71'), Robinson, Holt, Nicholson; Stevenson (Hamill, 87'); Carrick (Oliver, 77'). Subs: Ridgers, McKay, McGhee, Walker.

Kilmarnock: Samson, Tesselaar, Clingan, Boyd (Gros, 68'), Johnston, Barbour, McKenzie (Ashcroft, 63'), Makismenko, Slater, Pascali, Muirhead (Eremenko, 55'). Subs: Reguero, Fowler, B. Nicholson, Karlsson.

Referee: Calum Murray

Top man: Ryan Stevenson