Ross County 1-2 Heart of Midlothian

Ross County v Hearts Team badge of Ross County Ross County 1

Boyce 39′ (pen)

Team badge of Heart of Midlothian Hearts 2

Sow 11′ Ozturk 14′

  • FT 90 +6
  • HT 1-2

Osman Sow hammers Hearts in front early in the first half

Osman Sow hammers Hearts in front early in the first half

15 August 2015
Last updated at
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By Martin Dowden
BBC Scotland

Hearts maintained their winning start to Premiership life thanks to goals from Osman Sow and Alim Ozturk.

Ross County opened strongly but fell behind after 11 minutes when Sow cut in from the right and thrashed home a powerful shot via a post.

Ozturk was then on hand to divert in a volley from Callum Paterson.

A foul by Igor Rossi allowed County's Liam Boyce to convert a penalty before the interval but Hearts held on to make it four victories from four games.

The promoted Edinburgh side stay top of the league, while the Staggies were unable to add to the four points amassed from their last two outings.

The hosts created the best early chance in a high-tempo first half, with Neil Alexander doing well to parry a close-range shot from Michael Gardyne.

And the visitors punished that miss when they opened the scoring with their first attack of note.

Sow broke with pace down the right, leaving Richard Foster in his wake, and fired an accurate drive in off the base off a post that gave Scott Fox no chance.

Soon after, Paterson made a late run to meet Juanma's corner and the defender's volley was perfectly executed, although Ozturk made sure with the final touch.

Cheered on by a noisy travelling support, Hearts were now full of confidence, surging forward with skill and purpose.

Liam Boyce netted a penalty for County

Boyce netted a penalty for County for his first goal of the season

However, with half time approaching, the visitors lost a little of their intensity and handed Ross County a route back into the match.

Rafa De Vita floated a free kick towards the back post and Jackson Irvine knocked the ball over the target after interference from Rossi. Referee Bobby Madden awarded a spot kick which Boyce confidently stroked home for his first goal of the season.

Brazilian Rossi was shown a yellow card but, given Irvine's proximity to goal when fouled, he was perhaps fortunate to stay on the park.

The second half was interrupted by a series of substitutions and injuries, with Hearts' rhythm suffering notably after the departure of midfield lynchpin Prince Buaben.

Hearts were less threatening but defended stoutly and County failed to trouble their back line with much regularity.

Jamie Walker did create a wonderful opportunity for the visitors as he persisted down the right, got to the byeline and found Gavin Reilly, who somehow scooped the ball over an unguarded net from six yards or so.

Staggies substitute Jamie Reckord almost inadvertently delivered a late equaliser when his cross was missed by Gardyne as he ran in front of Alexander but the ball floated narrowly wide of the far post.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Ross County

  • 01 Fox
  • 02 Fraser
  • 15 Davies
  • 06 Robertson
  • 12 Foster (Reckord – 66' )
  • 07 Gardyne
  • 36 Irvine
  • 08 McShane (Quinn – 57' Booked )
  • 24 De Vita (Dingwall – 62' )
  • 10 Boyce
  • 11 Curran Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Reckord
  • 04 Quinn
  • 05 Boyd
  • 09 Graham
  • 18 Murdoch
  • 19 Dingwall
  • 21 Bachmann

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 Alexander
  • 02 Paterson
  • 05 Ozturk Booked
  • 18 Rossi Booked
  • 17 Oshaniwa
  • 07 Walker
  • 08 Buaben Abankwah (McGhee – 54' )
  • 06 Gomis
  • 11 Nicholson (King – 69' )
  • 19 Delgado Lloria Booked
  • 10 Sow (Reilly – 58' )

Substitutes

  • 03 McHattie
  • 12 King
  • 13 Hamilton
  • 16 Oliver
  • 20 Reilly
  • 22 McGhee
  • 35 McKirdy

Ref: Bobby Madden Att: 4,806

Match Stats

Possession

45

55

Shots

10

9

On target

6

2

Corners

4

6

Fouls

15

17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

90:00 +5:54 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

90:00 +5:02 Booking

Booking Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +5:00

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:56

Foul by Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian).

90:00 +4:23

Attempt saved. Andrew Davies (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +2:36

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

90:00 +2:36

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt missed. Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

90:00 +1:47

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:42

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

89:42

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:02

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Callum Paterson.

84:31

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

82:38

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Juwon Oshaniwa.

81:40

Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:40

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

81:03

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

81:03

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:28

Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

78:38

Billy King (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:38

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

77:12

Delay in match Liam Boyce (Ross County) because of an injury.

75:00

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:59

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

73:26

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right.

72:26

Foul by Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian).

72:26

Tony Dingwall (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:14

Attempt missed. Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

68:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Billy King replaces Sam Nicholson because of an injury.

68:26

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Heart of Midlothian).

68:26

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:08

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

67:08

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:34

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

66:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Jamie Reckord replaces Richard Foster because of an injury.

65:12 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:07

Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:07

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

63:26

Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:26

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

63:00

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Tony Dingwall replaces Raffaele De Vita.

60:13

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:13

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

58:42

Foul by Jordan McGhee (Heart of Midlothian).

58:42

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Gavin Reilly replaces Osman Sow.

56:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Ian McShane.

54:34

Attempt missed. Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

54:19

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:19

Foul by Richard Foster (Ross County).

53:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Jordan McGhee replaces Prince Buaben because of an injury.

53:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:52

Delay in match Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

51:47

Attempt missed. Ian McShane (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

51:25

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:25

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

49:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:32

Delay in match Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) because of an injury.

48:00

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

48:00

Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:23

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

46:19

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

46:19

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:48

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Igor Rossi.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

45:00 +0:36

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:00

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

43:00

Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:37

Attempt missed. Craig Curran (Ross County) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

42:07

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Sam Nicholson.

38:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Heart of Midlothian 2. Liam Boyce (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

37:49 Booking

Booking Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:41

Penalty conceded by Igor Rossi (Heart of Midlothian) after a foul in the penalty area.

37:41

Penalty Ross County. Andrew Davies draws a foul in the penalty area.

36:55

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

36:55

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:33 Booking

Booking Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

32:00

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:56

Foul by Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian).

31:32

Foul by Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian).

31:32

Chris Robertson (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:49

Attempt blocked. Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:31

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

27:31

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:00

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

24:22

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

22:48

Attempt blocked. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:46 Booking

Booking Craig Curran (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:43

Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:43

Foul by Craig Curran (Ross County).

20:51

Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

20:51

Richard Foster (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:21

Attempt blocked. Morgaro Gomis (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:50

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

17:52

Foul by Juwon Oshaniwa (Heart of Midlothian).

17:52

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:31

Attempt missed. Craig Curran (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

13:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Heart of Midlothian 2. Alim Ozturk (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

13:19

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Chris Robertson.

11:28

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

11:28

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Heart of Midlothian 1. Osman Sow (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Walker.

9:35

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

9:35

Prince Buaben (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:52

Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:52

Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

7:22

Attempt saved. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

4:16

Attempt saved. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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