Match Reports

Hearts 5-0 Livingston

28th September 2014

Hearts demolish Livingston in five-star show at Tynecastle.


A rampant Hearts side beat Livingston 5-0 at Tynecastle on Sunday.

First-half goals from Soufian El Hassnaoui, Jamie walker and Osman Sow put the Jambos well on their way to victory, with James Keatings and Sow rounding off proceedings in spectacular fashion. 

Robbie Neilson handed El Hassnaoui his first start in a maroon shirt, with Kevin McHattie returning to the starting line-up for the first time in two games.

The Jambos started like a freight train, bombarding the Livingston goal with wave after wave of attacks.

Callum Paterson rose to head over from Jamie Walker's fourth minute corner, and Walker then fed Osman Sow who dragged his effort just wide from the edge of the box.

A lovely flowing move saw Prince Buaben send Walker free, and after some jinking through the Livi backline his shot was scooped over the bar via a deflection from a livingston shirt.

It only took untilt he 14th minute for Hearts to get their noses in front, and it was courtesy of El Hassnaoui. Pressing high into the Livi half, Sam Nicholson played the ball into the feet of the Morrocan striker and with his back to goal he took a touch away from his marker before spinning and drilling the ball low into the corner of the net.

The Jambos almost doubles their lead in spectacular fashion in the 29th minute through Alim Ozturk. The big Turk's 20-yard free-kick had Darren Jamieson beaten in the Livi goals, but the ball crashed off the corner of the crossbar and post and just evaded the outstretched El Hassnaoui.

A minute later it was 2-0. Walker cut in from the wing and drove a low ball across the face of goal which somehow squirmed beyond Jamieson and into the back of the net.

Some terrific chasing down from Sow almost made it 3-0, but as he got a touch in front of his man deep inside the box, Jamieson instinctively stuck out his arm to block the Swede's shot and divert the ball away from goal.

The visitors could've pulled one back before half-time but Gary Glen skied a cut-back from the edge of the box when he really should've worked Neil Alexander.

Sow had been threatening to get on the scoresheet all afternoon and he finally did before the half was out. He latched onto a stray backpass to slot low beyond Jamieson and give Hearts a three-goal cushion heading into the break.

The second-half continued in much the same vein as the first; Hearts probing the Livi backline time and time again.

It was, however, Livingston who passed up a golden opportunity to get back into the game just before the hour mark. Confusion in the Hearts defence gifted Mark Burchill space inside the six-yard box, but his dink past Alexander fell wide of the 'keeper's right-hand post.

The men in maroon hit the woodwork for the second time in the game, this time via Morgaro Gomis, The midfield maestro picked up possession in the 67th minute before unleashing a 30-yard swerving drive that cannoned off the crossbar in spectacular fashion.

Substitute Dale Carrick created space for himself to curl an effort goalbound, but the ball continued rise high above Jamieson's goal.

By this point Hearts were out of sight and clearly enjoying their afternoon. Some Danny Wilson trickery inside the Livingston box found Carrick and his ball in was flicked backwards towards goal by Sow, but Jamieson pounced to tip the ball around the post.

Jamieson was at his best to prevent Billy King from making fourth after he was fed into the box by El Hassnaoui, but the winger's shot was palmed away by the Livi 'keeper.

James Keatings made an instant impact when he brought onto the field of play in the 76th minute as he forced another good save out of Jamieson after Prince Buaben's cross was cleverly dummied by Sow. Seconds later, Keatings was denied again by Jamieson, this time from a curling shot from the edge of the box.

It should've been 4-0 with six minutes remaining after Sow sprung the offside trap and rounded Jamieson, but his ball-in towards Carrick was blasted clear by a Livingston defender.

Incredibly, Hearts found time to hit the back of the net twice before full-time. Carrick's cross from the right found Keatings who fired in from close range. Then in injury time Sow grabbed his second of the match and Hearts' fifth, as he volleyed in Paterson's cross with the outside of his left foot into the opposite corner of the goals.

Another comfortable victory for Robbie lads, as Hearts have now hit 14 goals in their last three games at Tynecastle.