Heart of Midlothian 2
Ayr United 0
League


Hearts 

2 - 0

Ayr United


League
Saturday, March 13th, 2021
Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh


Goalscorers
Armand Gnanduillet (72)
Jamie Walker (86)
None.

Team Managers
Unknown. David Hopkin

Starting Eleven
C Gordon (G) 1
M Smith (D) 2
S Kingsley (D) 21
C Halkett (D) 26
M Popescu (D) 28
A Halliday (M) 16
Mackay-Steven (M) 17
A McEneff (M) 18
A Irving (M) 19
A Gnanduillet (F) 9
L Boyce (F) 10
Vijami Sinisalo .1
Jordan Houston
Corrie Ndaba
Jack Baird .15
Patrick Reading .3
Andy Murdoch .6
Tom Walsh
Aaron Muirhead
Luke McCowan
Michael Moffat .7
Cameron Smith .14

Bench
R Stewart (G) 13
(84) A White (D) 3
C Berra (D) 6
J Walker (M) 7
E Frear (M) 24
G Kastaneer (F) 29
E Henderson (F) 31
Peter Urminsky
Michael Miller
Sam Roscoe .5
Brett Mcgavin
Mark McKenzie
Joseph Chalmers .18
Dario Zanatta

Substitutions
None. Joseph Chalmers for Tom Walsh (59)
Dario Zanatta for Michael Moffat (73)
Mark McKenzie for Cameron Smith (89)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Colin Steven (Referee)




Match Report


Hearts are 15 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship after David Hopkin's debut as Ayr United manager ended in defeat.

It looked like Ayr would leave Tynecastle with a point in a drab game until Armand Gnanduillet headed in from close range following a free-kick.

Jamie Walker fired the second with four minutes remaining.

Hearts are now unbeaten in eight outings, while Ayr have only won one of their latest six.

Hopkins' side are just four points clear of bottom spot after Alloa Athletic's 3-2 win away to in-form Queen of the South.

Dunfermline Athletic are now Hearts' closest challengers for the title after a 1-0 win over Greenock Morton that lifts them a point ahead of Raith Rovers, with both Fife sides having two games in hand.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson: "It's always difficult to break down an organised team. We never really felt under any threat and, second half, once we got the goal, we were much more comfortable.

"We are aiming to win every game and hopefully we can get over the line as soon as we can."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at March 13th, 2021)


2020-21 All Time
Age
Vijami Sinisalo (GK)19 23 - 23 -
Corrie Ndaba21 8 - 8 -
Jordan Houston21 14 - 39 -
Patrick Reading21 141141
Jack Baird25 24 - 24 -
Aaron Muirhead - 201583
Tom Walsh24 113113
Andy Murdoch - 231723
Luke McCowan23 2366114
Michael Moffat36 24311325
Cameron Smith25 165165
Joseph Chalmers (sub)27 24 - 24 -
Mark McKenzie (sub)20 16 - 27 -
Dario Zanatta (sub) - 141141






League Table (as at March 13th, 2021)


No league table has been added for this season.