Hearts 2-0 Motherwell: Boyce penalty & Kingsley free-kick sends hosts prime of desk

Liam Boyce’s early penalty was his tenth objective of the season

Hearts continued their spectacular unbeaten league begin and moved prime of the Scottish Premiership by dispatching Motherwell at Tynecastle.

Liam Boyce slotted an early penalty after being tripped by Liam Kelly, earlier than Stephen Kingsley curled in a nice first-half free-kick.

Boyce noticed a second spot kick saved after the break, whereas the guests had probabilities to cut back the deficit thwarted by an impressed Craig Gordon.

The defeat leaves Motherwell fourth.

The loss additionally brings an finish to the Fir Park membership’s six-game unbeaten league run, however for Hearts it’s now eight Premiership video games with out defeat as they leapfrog Rangers and Hibernian – who play at Ibrox tomorrow.

Each side went into the sport understanding certainly one of them would prime the desk come full-time, however the guests made an already tough activity a harder one when Kelly needlessly tripped Boyce at a good angle early on.

The Hearts striker picked himself again as much as ship Kelly the fallacious method and notch his tenth of the season.

The visiting facet failed to achieve any management within the first half, as Neilson’s males deservedly doubled their benefit simply after the 20-minute mark when Kingsley guided a free-kick into the top-left nook.

The hosts pressed for a 3rd as Ben Woodburn had a strike from vary tipped over by Kelly, however Gordon needed to be available to make sure the hosts took their two-goal lead into the second half.

First, Tony Watt had an effort of his personal from vary tipped over by the Scotland keeper and the Hearts man obtained down properly to Bevis Mugabi’s header from the ensuing nook.

Hearts had been eager to place the sport to mattress early within the second half, as Cammy Devlin dragged a end simply handed the far put up, earlier than the midfielder went to floor below a slight nudge from Callum Slattery shortly after.

That gave Boyce the prospect so as to add his second and Hearts’ third, however his poor penalty was parried by Kelly.

Instantly on the different finish, Kaiyne Woolery had an opportunity to cut back the result in a single objective however was denied by a wise cease from Gordon.

Beni Baningime then referred to as fellow Scotland keeper Kelly right into a nice cease, whereas Motherwell nonetheless looked for a method again into the sport.

Kevin van Veen had an audacious scissor kick drop vast, whereas Mark O’Hara’s free-kick was saved. Captain Stephen O’Donnell drilled an effort vast of the close to put up, too.

The house facet had been properly price their win, however they wanted their keeper to be in impressed type once more as Gordon once more was available as soon as extra to disclaim Ojala with a back-post header, guaranteeing his facet saved a clear sheet together with their three factors.

Man of the match – Cammy Devlin

Cammy Devlin
The Hearts midfielder was improbable in simply his second begin, registering extra touches (81), profitable passes (53) and interceptions (5) than anybody else on the pitch

What did we be taught?

Neilson has Hearts wanting like a well-oiled machine and the introduction of Devlin, who was excellent in midfield alongside the spectacular Baningime, has added to a squad that was already robust.

With John Souttar anticipated to return after the worldwide break, the Tynecastle facet will probably be again to full energy for his or her greatest take a look at but at Ibrox – a constructive end in Govan may have Hearts followers dreaming.

Motherwell can take delight of their begin to the season and their second-half show, however with a back-to-back fixtures at dwelling to Celtic and a visit to Tannadice to come back, Alexander won’t need this outcome to spark a poor run in type.

What did they are saying?

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson: “I am delighted to get three factors towards a staff that is executed rather well at the beginning of the season.

“The gamers are collectively, successful helps that. We’re sitting in an awesome place. After the worldwide break we’ll go to Ibrox forward of Rangers or simply behind.”

Motherwell supervisor Graham Alexander: “Each groups dedicated to the sport and wished to win it. Second half we had been the dominant staff.

“I assumed my gamers had been glorious towards a troublesome opponent at a troublesome venue. We perceive it is not all the time going to go our method, but it surely’s vital we maintain ourselves as a staff.”

What’s subsequent?

Following subsequent weekend’s worldwide break, Motherwell welcome Celtic to Fir Park on 16 October (15:00 BST) whereas Hearts kick off at champions Rangers on the similar time.

Participant of the match

BaningimeBeni Baningime

Coronary heart of Midlothian

  1. Squad quantity6Participant identifyBaningime

  2. Squad quantity9Participant identifyWoodburn

  3. Squad quantity3Participant identifyKingsley

  4. Squad quantity14Participant identifyDevlin

  5. Squad quantity10Participant identifyBoyce

  6. Squad quantity2Participant identifySmith

  7. Squad quantity15Participant identifyMoore

  8. Squad quantity1Participant identifyGordon

  9. Squad quantity18Participant identifyMcKay

  10. Squad quantity17Participant identifyCochrane

  11. Squad quantity19Participant identifyHalkett

  12. Squad quantity5Participant identifyHaring

  13. Squad quantity16Participant identifyHalliday

  14. Squad quantity11Participant identifyMackay-Steven


  1. Squad quantity9Participant identifyvan Veen

  2. Squad quantity5Participant identifyMugabi

  3. Squad quantity32Participant identifyWatt

  4. Squad quantity16Participant identifySlattery

  5. Squad quantity7Participant identifyWoolery

  6. Squad quantity19Participant identifyMcGinley

  7. Squad quantity23Participant identifyGrimshaw

  8. Squad quantity1Participant identifyKelly

  9. Squad quantity14Participant identifyOjala

  10. Squad quantity17Participant identifyAmaluzor

  11. Squad quantity8Participant identifyO’Hara

  12. Squad quantity2Participant identifyO’Donnell

  13. Squad quantity29Participant identifyShields



Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Gordon
  • 15MooreBooked at 75mins
  • 19HalkettSubstituted forHallidayat 56′minutes
  • 3Kingsley
  • 2Smith
  • 6BaningimeBooked at 83mins
  • 14DevlinBooked at 43mins
  • 17Cochrane
  • 18McKaySubstituted forHaringat 81′minutes
  • 10Boyce
  • 9WoodburnSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 69′minutes


  • 5Haring
  • 7Walker
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 13Stewart
  • 16Halliday
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 30Ginnelly


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kelly
  • 2O’Donnell
  • 5Mugabi
  • 14OjalaBooked at 11mins
  • 19McGinleyBooked at 90mins
  • 23GrimshawBooked at 18minsSubstituted forAmaluzorat 76′minutes
  • 16Slattery
  • 8O’Hara
  • 7Woolery
  • 32Watt
  • 9van VeenSubstituted forShieldsat 82′minutes


  • 3Carroll
  • 4Lamie
  • 6Maguire
  • 12Fox
  • 17Amaluzor
  • 20Crawford
  • 29Shields

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