3 - 0
Lee Wallace (11)
Bruno Aguiar (26)
Eggert Jónsson (pen.) (78)
Lukasz Załuska .1
Paul Dixon .23
Seán Dillon .2
Garry Kenneth .18
Lee Wilkie .4
Morgaro Gomis .16
David Robertson .12
Prince Buaben .25
Craig Conway .15
David Goodwillie .26
Fran Sandaza .11
Michael McGovern .13
Darren Dods .5
Danny Grainger .3
Danny Swanson .14
Paul Caddis .6
Scott Robertson .8
Andis Shala .20
Christian Nade for Michael Stewart (82)
David Templeman for Bruno Aguiar (86)
Jason Thomson for Cristos Karipidis (90)
Paul Caddis for Seán Dillon (31)
Andis Shala for Fran Sandaza (61)
Danny Swanson for David Robertson (62)
Fran Sandaza (35)
Garry Kenneth (69)
Danny Swanson (88)
Brian Winter (Referee)
First-half strikes from Lee Wallace and Bruno Aguiar and a penalty kick from Eggert Jonsson late in the second period were enough to guarantee European football at Tynecastle next season.
Hearts made a bright start to the game, with Wallace and Aguiar tormenting the United defence from the get go and creating real problems at the back.
In the third minute, Wallace completed a great run down the left flank with a dangerous ball into the United box, but Zaluska was able to fumble away Aguiar’s effort.
David Obua threatened for the home side again early on when his headed effort rebounded off Garry Kenneth, only for the Ugandan striker to lash his second attempt wide of the mark.
Hearts hadn’t scored in their last four league outings, but the warning signs were there and it was little surprise when Wallace broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.
He raced through the United defence an poked the ball past Zaluska into the far corner of the net to give Hearts the lead.
David Goodwillie could have snatched one back straight away, but Marian Kello was able to block his shot after Sean Dillon had whipped the ball into the striker’s path.
Aguiar then blasted a 25-yard free kick over the bar, before Goodwillie saw a strong appeal for a penalty turned away after a clash with Christop Karipidis in what was the Greek defender’s last match for Hearts.
The home side extended their lead on the 25 minute mark when a throw-in from Robbie Neilson caught the United defence napping. Callum Elliot zipped the ball back across the box and Aguiar grabbed his seventh goal of the season as he slammed the ball home from eight yards.
David Robertson then had a half chance, but he flicked the ball over the bar after latching on to Paul Dixon’s cross. Goodwillie then tried his luck with a 35-yard drive on the stroke of half time which glanced over the bar.
The 1,800-strong travelling support would have been hoping for another storming second-half fight back from their side, but it simply wasn’t to be as United huffed and puffed, but were unable to break down a dominant Hearts side.
Elliot could have put the game beyond United on 70 minutes, but he lobbed his effort over the bar after a pinpoint pass from Aguiar split the defence. Gomis and Goodwillie tested Kello as Craig Levein’s side tried desperately to get back into the match, but with a little more than ten minutes left on the clock it was all over when Dixon was adjudged to have tripped Elliot at the edge of the box. Jonsson made no mistake from the penalty spot as he sent Zaluska diving the wrong way to give Hearts their biggest winning margin of the season.
|Lukasz Załuska (GK)||26||43||-||62||-|
|Danny Swanson (sub)||22||33||-||47||2|
|Paul Caddis (sub)||21||10||-||10||-|
|Andis Shala (sub)||20||9||-||9||-|
No league table has been added for this season.