Match Reports

Match Report: Hearts 4-2 St Mirren

12th March 2022

Hearts saw off St Mirren to book a trip tom Hampden after a pulsating Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle Park.

First half goals from Beni Baningime and Peter Haring looked to have Hearts on easy street but two superb strikes from Eamonn Brophy and Connor Ronan brought the visitors level.

However, the Jambos roared back and further goals from Aaron McEneff and Ellis Simms sent the Jambos into the Scottish Cup semi finals.

The Hearts squad was depleted following last week's match with Dundee United at Tannadice, and as such there were places on the bench for U18 players Makenzie Kirk, Luke Rathie and Macaulay Tait.

The atmosphere at Tynecastle was suitably crackling for this unusual late night Saturday kick off and both sides came out on the front foot.

Eamonn Brophy had Craig Gordon working with a save down to his left inside the opening five minutes, while at the other end, Jak Alnwick looked sharp to beat away a Barrie McKay strike from the edge of the area.

The deadlock was broken just after the quarter hour through the unlikeliest of sources. McKay got to the byline and found Simms with a cut back, but he was denied by Alnwick before Baningime reacted quickest to prod the ball home.

And on the half hour the lead was doubled after sensational play. Liam Boyce turned brilliantly midway in the Saints half and found Ben Woodburn in the area. Woodburn's first time ball across was perfect and Haring arrived in perfect time to prod it home.

But the visitors bounced back a few minutes later. A cross was whipped in before being volleyed superbly first time by Brophy into the top corner.

Just before half time, it should have been three. A corner wasn't cleared and fell to Craig Halkett who smashed the ball off the bar from close range and away to safety.

Into the second half, and Alnwick was forced into a brilliant reaction save when Woodburn drove at goal and saw his deflected effort head goalwards but the keeper's legs denied the forward.

Greg Kiltie then brought a top save from Gordon after a near post header, but a moment of magic then drew the visitors level. The corner was cleared out to Ronan and his first time shot from 25 yards on the angle absolutely screamed past Gordon.

The Jambos, however, showed some mettle. McEneff was introduced from the bench, and he made the difference immediately. Nat Atkinson hit the byline and his cross was deflected back to McEneff who hit the ball into the net with his thigh - and his first touch.

With time running out, Hearts kept pressing home that advantage. Stephen Kingsley brought a super save out of Alnwick from a free kick with ten minutes to go, but the final goal was coming.

With five minutes to go, McEneff made space on the right flank and smashed a cross into the front post where Simms was waiting to score and send the Jambos back to Hampden for another Scottish Cup semi final after a memorable night in Gorgie.

Hearts: Gordon, Kingsley, Atkinson, Halkett, Halliday, Baningime, Boyce, Haring, Woodburn (McEneff, 67'), McKay (Sibbick, 93'), Simms. Subs: Stewart, Moore, Rathie, Kirk, Tait.

St Mirren: Alnwick, Tait, Shaughnessy, Dunne, Tanser (Fraser, 53'), Kiltie (Henderson, 75'), Ronan, Power, Gogic (Grieve, 75'), Jones, Brophy. Subs: Lyness, Smyth, Flynn, Erhahon, McCarthy, Main.

Referee: Bobby Madden