Hearts 2
Ross County 1
League (Premiership)


Hearts 

2 - 1

Ross County


League (Premiership)
Saturday, July 30th, 2022
Tynecastle, Edinburgh. Att. 18,202
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Alan Forrest (59)
Barrie McKay (77)
Jordan White (79)

Team Managers
Robbie Neilson Malky Mackay

Starting Eleven
1 Craig Gordon
4 Craig Halkett
15 Kye Rowles
21 Toby Sibbick
2 Michael Smith
5 Peter Haring
12 Nathaniel Atkinson
19 Alex Cochrane
9 Lawrence Shankland
17 Alan Forrest
18 Barrie McKay
Ross Laidlaw .1
Ben Purrington .3
Alex Iacovitti .6
Jack Baldwin .5
Connor Randall .2
Owura Edwards .7
Josh Sims .11
Jordan Tillson .22
Ross Callachan .8
Jordy Hiwula .19
Dominic Samuel .9

Bench
7 Jorge Grant
10 Liam Boyce
11 Gary Mackay-Steven
13 Ross Stewart
14 Cameron Devlin
16 Andrew Halliday
20 Lewis Neilson
27 Connor Smith
Jake Eastwood .31
George Harmon .16
Keith Watson .15
Callum Johnson .12
Ben Paton .24
Victor Loturi .14
Yan Dhanda .10
Kazeem Olaigbe .17
Jordan White .26

Substitutions
Jorge Grant for Nathaniel Atkinson (28)
Liam Boyce for Lawrence Shankland (71)
Andrew Halliday for Alan Forrest (78)
Cameron Devlin for Barrie McKay (78)
Kazeem Olaigbe for Owura Edwards (63)
Yan Dhanda for Josh Sims (64)
Jordan White for Dominic Samuel (76)
Callum Johnson for Connor Randall (81)

Cautions
Jorge Grant (80) Jack Baldwin (52)
Ben Purrington (67)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

David Dickinson (Referee)
Alan Mulvanny & Alastair Mather (Assistants)



Match Report


Source unknown.

A valiant Ross County ended their opening match of the campaign with a narrow loss away to Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.

A trio of second half goals saw the Jambos take three points as Jordan White’s strike with ten minutes remaining wasn’t enough to secure a point for the Staggies.

Malky Mackay named three league debutants in his starting XI which had been subject to much intrigue going into the game, but it was Jordy Hiwula, Ben Purrington and Owura Edwards.

It took nine minutes for either side to find an opportunity, and despite early possession belonging to the home side it was County that saw an opportunity first. Jordy Hiwula latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box but dragged a shot wide.

Hearts responded minutes later but Michael Smith’s hopeful shot from 30-yards was tame and well off the mark.

As the first period ticked by it was County who got well on top with a slew of chances throughout. Owura Edwards almost topped his goal of the season contender from seven days ago as he knocked a ball past a defender, latched on to it himself and drove a shot against the crossbar from 25-yards.

It followed Ben Purrington’s shot that was deflected over the bar following great link-up play from Hiwula and Dominic Samuel. The latter had a header slam the post which seemed to open up the Staggies for the onslaught of chances minutes before.

However, County didn’t find a first-half breakthrough and in the final minutes it was the home side on top with momentum shifting. The whistle blew for the break with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Half-Time: Hearts 0-0 County

Hearts came out for the second half starting as they ended the first. On 53 minutes Forrest worked his way into the box on the right and unleashed a shot into the bottom left corner, only to be denied by Connor Randall.

He’d have no trouble six minutes later through, as he got on the end of a cross from Alex Cochrane to turn it home just seconds before the hour mark.

In full control, County were finding it more and more difficult to breakthrough as a new-look Hearts put them under constant pressure, though admittedly didn’t really test Ross Laidlaw. It took until 78 minutes for them to add a second as Billie McKay rounded Laidlaw to finish a superb move and double the lead.

You can’t accuse County of crumbling in this one however, as substitute White latched on to a long-ball from Jack Baldwin to slot between the legs of Craig Gordon.

It led to an exciting finish as the home side held on, with County opening the campaign with a loss.

*Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club*



Squad Statistics (as at July 30th, 2022)


2022/23 All Time
Age
Ross Laidlaw (GK)30 3 - 88 -
Connor Randall26 5 - 54 -
Jack Baldwin29 3 - 332
Alex Iacovitti24 5 - 808
Ben Purrington26 5151
Jordan Tillson29 2 - 80 -
Josh Sims25 5161
Owura Edwards21 5252
Ross Callachan28 4 - 424
Jordy Hiwula27 5353
Dominic Samuel28 41352
Callum Johnson (sub)25 3 - 3 -
Yan Dhanda (sub)23 5 - 5 -
Kazeem Olaigbe (sub)19 5252
Jordan White (sub)30 415811






League Table (as at July 30th, 2022)


No league table has been added for this season.