Heart of Midlothian 5
Ayr United 3
League (Championship)


5 - 3

Ayr United

League (Championship)
Saturday, December 26th, 2020

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
Aaron Muirhead
Joseph Chalmers .18
Andy Murdoch .6
Luke McCowan
Cameron Smith .14
Michael Moffat .7

5 Haring
7 Walker
13 Stewart
14 Naismith
15 Wighton
28 Popescu
31 Henderson
Ellis Hare Reid .19
Jordan Houston
Tom Walsh
Mark Kerr .4
Mark McKenzie
Bruce Anderson .9
Dario Zanatta

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

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
Vijami Sinisalo (GK)19 14 - 14 -
Patrick Reading21 8 - 8 -
Jack Baird24 14 - 14 -
Sam Roscoe - 14 - 402
Michael Miller25 132132
Luke McCowan23 1344612
Andy Murdoch - 131523
Joseph Chalmers26 14 - 14 -
Aaron Muirhead - 11 - 461
Michael Moffat35 1437914
Cameron Smith25 6363
Tom Walsh (sub)24 2222
Bruce Anderson (sub)22 112112

League Table (as at December 26th, 2020)

No league table has been added for this season.