Hearts 4
Ross County 2
League (SPL)


4 - 2

Ross County

League (SPL)
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Tynecastle Stadium. Att. 10,456
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Ngoo (49, 84)
Jason Holt (79)
Evangelos Oikonomou 80 (og)
Steffen Wohlfarth (22)
Steffen Wohlfarth (59)

Team Managers
Gary Locke Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
Jamie MacDonald
Jamie Hamill
Brad McKay
Danny Wilson
Kevin McHattie
Ryan Stevenson
Callum Tapping
Mehdi Taouil
Jamie Walker
Michael Ngoo
Dale Carrick
Michael Fraser
Mihael Kovacevic
Evangelos Oikonomou .18
Scott Boyd .5
Grant Munro
Richard Brittain
Paul Lawson .8
Iain Vigurs .11
Rocco Quinn .12
Steffen Wohlfarth .15
Ivan Sproule

Mark Ridgers
John Sutton
Gordon Smith
Jason Holt
David Smith
Arvydas Novikovas
Dylan McGowan
Paul Gallacher .19
André Hainault
Archie MacPhee
Steven Ross
Alex Cooper
Martin Scott .14
Gary Glen .20

Arvydas Novikovas for Mehdi Taouil (45)
Jason Holt for Callum Tapping (45)
John Sutton for Dale Carrick (70)
Martin Scott for Rocco Quinn (75)
André Hainault for Scott Boyd (86)
Gary Glen for Paul Lawson (86)

Callum Tapping (19)
Michael Ngoo (51)
Scott Boyd (78)
Paul Lawson (85)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Michael Ngoo netted a brace as Hearts scored three times in five minutes late in the second half to beat Ross County 4-2 and seriously dent the visitors' chances of playing in Europe next season.

With 12 minutes remaining, County were seemingly on their way to three vital points thanks to two goals from striker Steffen Wohlfarth.

But after Holt levelled matters on 78, Evangelos Ikonomou bizarrely put through his own net and Ngoo killed off the Staggies with a clinical strike from the edge of the box.

County had opened the scoring midway through the first half when Wohlfarth, who missed an excellent early chance to break the deadlock, made amends with a wonderful individual effort on 22.

Controlling the ball close to the touchline, he fended off two defenders before finding the top right-hand corner of the net with a fierce strike from a tight angle.

Ivan Sproule should have added a second four minutes later when he raced clear of the home defence only to see his indecisive shot easily smothered by keeper Jamie MacDonald.

The closest Hearts came to scoring before the break was from the right foot of Kevin McHattie who flashed a curling long-range shot off the angle of the post and bar in the 36th minute.

Hearts did level matters four minutes into the second half when the powerfully-built Ngoo rose highest to head home McHattie's precise cross.

But County were back in front six minutes later when Wohlfarth clinically headed Iain Vigurs' corner past a helpless MacDonald from seven yards.

The visitors remained in control until 12 minutes from time when Hearts equalised again thanks to an opportunist strike from Holt who volleyed past keeper Michael Fraser from the edge of the box after County had failed to clear a corner.

Within 70 seconds the hosts were in front following a comical own goal through Ikonomou.

The hapless defender, seemingly under no pressure inside the six-yard box, sliced the ball into his own net as he vainly attempted to clear Walker's weak goal-bound shot.

Ngoo scored his second goal of the match, and his side's fourth in the 83rd minute, when he found the bottom right-hand corner of the net after latching on to John Sutton's assist.

The stunned visitors were unable to respond in the final few minutes as Hearts claimed only their second win in 10 SPL games.

Squad Statistics (as at April 6th, 2013)

2012/13 All Time
Michael Fraser (GK)29 20 - 63 -
Evangelos Oikonomou25 13 - 13 -
Mihael Kovacevic25 28 - 28 -
Grant Munro32 342764
Scott Boyd26 36 - 22211
Paul Lawson28 18218417
Richard Brittain29 32820540
Rocco Quinn26 316649
Iain Vigurs24 34815722
Ivan Sproule32 9595
Steffen Wohlfarth29 113113
André Hainault (sub)26 3 - 3 -
Martin Scott (sub)27 12 - 18511
Gary Glen (sub)23 263263

League Table (as at April 6th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.