Heart of Midlothian 5
Ayr Utd 3
League (Championship)


Hearts 

5 - 3

Ayr Utd


League (Championship)
Saturday, December 26th, 2020


Goalscorers
Kingsley (11'minutes),
Wighton (68'minutes, 74'minutes),
Lee (71'minutes),
Boyce (81'minutes)
Cameron Smith (57)
Luke McCowan (60)
Tom Walsh (90)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson Mark Kerr

Starting Eleven
1 Gordon
2 Smith
26 Halkett
6 Berra
21 Kingsley
8 Lee
19 Irving
16 Halliday
11 Roberts
10 Boyce
24 Frear
Vijami Sinisalo .1
Jack Baird .15
Patrick Reading .3
Michael Miller
Sam Roscoe .5
Luke McCowan
Aaron Muirhead
Joseph Chalmers .18
Andy Murdoch .6
Cameron Smith .14
Michael Moffat .7

Bench
5 Haring
7 Walker
13 Stewart
14 Naismith
15 Wighton
28 Popescu
31 Henderson
Ellis Hare Reid
Jordan Houston
Tom Walsh
Mark Kerr
Mark McKenzie
Bruce Anderson .9
Dario Zanatta

Substitutions
None. Bruce Anderson for Michael Moffat (58)
Tom Walsh for Joseph Chalmers (78)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)





Match Report


Substitute Craig Wighton made the difference as Scottish Championship leaders Hearts kept up their title push with a thrilling win over Ayr United.

The visitors recovered from Stephen Kingsley's early 30-yard opener to lead with second-half strikes from Cammy Smith and Luke McCowan at Tynecastle.

But Wighton equalised soon after coming on and Oli Lee restored Hearts' lead.

Wighton added his second and Liam Boyce made it 5-2 before Tom Walsh netted a consolation with the final kick.

After the agony of their Scottish Cup final shootout defeat to Celtic last weekend, Hearts' fourth straight league win keeps them three points clear of Dunfermline Athletic with a game in hand.

Ayr drop a place to sixth after a third league outing without victory.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson: "At 1-0 up we were comfortable but we never managed to get into second gear. We then lost two sloppy goals and that fired us into life.

"The big concern for us was coming off the back of a big game and disappointment last week, we had to make sure we were back at it again. The main thing was to get a victory."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 2020)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Vijami Sinisalo (GK)19 13 - 13 -
Patrick Reading21 7 - 7 -
Jack Baird24 13 - 13 -
Sam Roscoe - 13 - 13 -
Michael Miller25 122122
Luke McCowan23 124124
Andy Murdoch - 121121
Joseph Chalmers26 13 - 13 -
Aaron Muirhead - 10 - 10 -
Michael Moffat35 133133
Cameron Smith25 6363
Tom Walsh (sub)24 2222
Bruce Anderson (sub)22 102102






League Table (as at December 26th, 2020)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Dunfermline A. 3 3 0 0 9
2. Raith Rovers 3 2 1 0 7
3. Hearts 2 2 0 0 6
4. Morton 3 2 0 1 6
5. Ayr United 3 1 1 1 4
6. ICT 3 1 1 1 4
7. Dundee 3 1 1 1 4
8. Alloa Athletic 2 0 0 2 0
9. Queen of the South 3 0 0 3 0
10. Arbroath 3 0 0 3 0