3 - 1
Colin Cameron (3)
Neil Heaney (o.g.) (19)
Gary McSwegan (74)
Hasney Aljofree (26)
Jason De Vos
Juanjo for Scott Severin (72)
Stephen Simmons for Andy Kirk (85)
Craig Easton for Neil Heaney (34)
John McQuillan for David McCracken (58)
Hugh Davidson for Danny Griffin (81)
|Róbert Tomaschek (25)||
Craig Easton (49)
Derek Lilley (51)
Derek Lilley (74)
Kevin Toner (Referee)
Visits toTynecastle Park have not been that enjoyable in recent seasons with some notable exceptions, not least, our victory there last season. In this game, right from the start, it was clear that this would not be one of the exceptions with Hearts threatening to swamp United from the first few minutes. United started without the man who has rapidly become a hero in the Arab defence, the suspended Jim Lauchlan...and how we missed him! Hearts cut right through the tangerine rearguard from the kick-off and within five minutes were one up when Colin Cameron netted. United were happy to give another outing to Danny Griffin but they didn't look up for the battle here and the Jambo's threatened to provide a big score when they went two up by the 20th minute, the second coming from a quite spectacular Neil Heaney headed own goal. Then quite surprisingly, the visitors came back into the match. United won a free kick just outside the penalty area and Hasney Aljofree scored from the rebound of Miller's free kick after 27 minutes. For a while, United took heart from getting back into the game and a nervousness spread round the maroon support. It was surprising that the Arabs were still within one goal of Hearts at half time because they hadn't played well and the Jambo's were playing with a strong sense of purpose for their new manager.
In some respects, Hearts went through the motions in the second half with little resistance offered. The third came from former Arab Gary McSwegan who scored in the 74th minute and the game really couldn't get finished early enough for everyone concerned.
|Alan Combe (GK)||26||24||-||77||-|
|Jason De Vos||26||21||-||92||2|
|John McQuillan (sub)||30||17||-||29||-|
|Craig Easton (sub)||21||19||2||131||7|
|Hugh Davidson (sub)||20||7||-||36||1|
* - Table split into two divisions of six.