Match Report

Hearts have strolled to the title this season - and Saturday was no different.

Queens were swept aside 2-0 with goals from Osman Sow and Alim Ozturk putting the icing on the cake as the Jambos celebrated lifting the Championship title without hitting top gear.

The Doonhamers had no success in the previous three ties against the Champions this season, shipping nine goals having only netted two past the Jambos - despite giving Hearts their `toughest test at Tynecastle` according to head coach Robbie Neilson.

The Hearts gaffer also claimed in the matchday programme that he believed the 2-1 victory over Queens at the end of last month was the moment he believed his side would win the league. With the Championship wrapped up, Queens travelled to the capital in a bid to crash the title party.

James Fowler made two change following Tuesday night`s disappointing defeat to Raith, with Ian McShane and Lewis Kidd making way for Gavin Reilly and Stephen McKenna.

Queens form a `Guard of Honour` for the Champions

Tynecastle was rocking and the party was in full flow six minutes in when Sow notched his 12th goal of the season. The striker made light work of the Queens defence and waltzed in to the box before slotting the ball in to the bottom corner past Zander Clark.

Not a great start from the visiting defence

Sow almost doubled the Jambos` lead 10 minute later - this time smashing the side netting. Hearts were fully in control and - as `that`s why we`re Champions` rang out around the stadium - it was clear to see the quality in Robbie Neilson`s side.

Ozturk almost guided Callum Paterson`s free-kick past Clark but thankfully for the `keeper the ball drifted wide of the mark. In the opening half hour it was all about Hearts as Queens struggled to get in to the match.

Adam Eckersley then struck the post as his cross was carried by the wind and over the head of Clark. 

Queens troubled the Jam Tarts for the first time in the match after 40 minutes, when Ozturk almost headed in to his own net. Kevin Holt`s superb delivery wasn`t dealt with by the Hearts back four and the Turkish centre back gave Neil Alexander a scare as the ball whizzed by the woodwork.

A stramash in the home box following Ozturk`s close call

Sow was in the action again on the edge of half time as the Swede tried to make it 2-0 to Hearts. Jamie Walker squared the ball and Sow`s cheeky backheel looked destined to find the bottom corner but Clark pulled off a wonder save to keep the Doonhamers in the game.

Craig Thomson blew the whistle for half time and, in truth, Queens got off lightly by only being one goal down.

James Fowler`s side started the second period brightly before Derek Lyle had a contender for miss of the season. Mark Millar`s free kick forced Alexander to parry the ball right in to the path of Lyle who was three yards out with an empty net in front of him. Fortunately for the 34-year-old the flag was up for offside as he blasted well over.

The linesman spares Lyle`s blushes at a glaring miss from four yards out

The game had started to open up more in the second half as the game became end to end stuff. 

But just as soon as Queens had found themselves in the match, they were two down.

Mark Durnan barged down Jamie Walker 20 yards out for a free kick to the Jambos and Ozturk stepped up. His shot deflected off Andy Dowie and sent the ball flying in the opposite direction and past Clark. It was hard on Queens as they had improved in the second period.

No luck for Queens as a `wicked` deflection ends all hope of an equaliser

After the second goal, Hearts took the foot off the gas and the game began to go through the motions. Robbie Neilson`s men didn`t need to put in a top performance as they strolled to another three points in a superb season for the Gorgie side.

Queens face another trip to the capital to play Hibs, who currently sit second in the Championship table. With the play-offs looming and Falkirk breathing down the neck of the Doonhamers, James Fowler and his team will be searching for three points.



  • Clark

  • Dowie

  • Durnan

  • Higgins

  • Holt

  • Carmichael

  • Millar


  • McKenna


  • Paton

  • Reilly

  • Lyle


  • Atkinson

  • Kidd


  • McShane


  • Hooper

  • Smith

  • Smith

  • Pickard

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15:25 Good afternoon from Tynecastle, team news to follow for today`s match against the Champions, Hearts.
15:26 Qos Team : 1.Clark 3.Holt 4.Dowie 5.Durnan 6.Higgins 8.Millar 10.Reilly 14.McKenna 15.Paton 17.Carmichael 19.Lyle
15:26 Qos Subs : 12.Kidd 18.McShane 20.Atkinson 22.Hooper 23.Smith 24.Smith 28.Pickard
15:28 Hearts Starting 11: Alexander, Paterson, Wilson, Ozturk, Gomis, Walker, King, Pallardo, Sow, Zeefuik, Eckersley
15:29 Today`s Referee is Craig Thomson, who is assisted by Andrew McWilliam and Paul Reid.
15:53 10 minutes until kick-off at Tynecastle for today`s match against Hearts. Follow all the action on
16:01 Queens give Hearts a guard of honour as the Championship winners take to the field.
6 min Goal Hearts. Sow the scorer - Hearts 1:0 QOS
7 min Osman Sow drifts in to the box and slots past Clark to put Hearts 1-0 up after six minutes.
9 min Kevin Holt tries his luck from 20 yards out but his volley doesn`t trouble Hearts `keeper Neil Alexander.
36 min Adam Eckersley hits the crossbar as his cross is carried by the wind.
42 min Today`s attendance at Tynecastle today is 16,885.
45 min A fantastic save by Clark denies Sow his second as the striker tries a backheel from point blank.
45 min Yellow Card : Higgins
Half Time HALF TIME - Hearts 1:0 QOS
49 min Derek Lyle misses a sitter from three yards out - luckily for the striker the flag is up for offside.
55 min Billy King fires over from the edge of the box for Hearts.
58 min Substitution : Nicholson on for King
63 min Substitution : McShane on for McKenna
66 min Goal Hearts. Ozturk the scorer - Hearts 2:0 QOS
67 min It`s unlucky for Queens as Ozturk`s free-kick looks to have deflected off Andy Dowie and in to the back of the net.
68 min Substitution : Kidd on for Millar
68 min Substitution : Keatings on for Zeefuik
76 min Substitution : El on for Hassnaoui Sow
80 min Substitution : Smith on for Lyle
88 min Yellow Card : Kidd
17:50 FULL TIME - Hearts 2:0 QOS
17:51 Goals from Osman Sow and Alim Ozturk seal all three points for Hearts. Queens remain fourth in the table.