Hearts 5 Cowdenbeath 1: Jambos second half blitz

Billy King's first goal. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Billy King's first goal. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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League leaders Hearts returned to winning ways after an impressive second-half display allowed them to record their first 5-1 victory since their famous Scottish Cup final glory day against Hibs in May 2012.

Having dropped their first points of the season in last weekend’s goalless draw at Dumbarton, the Tynecastle side looked set for another frustrating afternoon when bottom-of-the-table Cowdenbeath more then held their own in a first half which finished 1-1.

However, Hearts sparked into life after the break and ultimately won with plenty to spare against their part-time opponents, substitute Dale Carrick adding gloss to the scoreline with a late double.

After an uneventful start to the game, Hearts took the lead with the first real chance of the game in 15 minutes. Captain Danny Wilson played a superb pass into Billy King on the edge of the box and the winger took a touch before firing high past Robbie Thomson.

King almost doubled his tally in 20 minutes when he combined well with James Keatings to carve out an opening eight yards out, but Dean Brett slid in to make a goal-saving tackle.

Cowdenbeath went straight up the park and equalised when Callum Gallagher followed up to lash in from eight yards out after Neil Alexander made an excellent save to deny Kudas Oyenuga, who had drifted in behind the home defence.

Hearts went close to restoring their lead in 24 minutes but Osman Sow’s low shot from the edge of the box was tipped wide by Thomson. From the resultant corner, taken by King, Wilson saw his header deflected behind.

The home side started the second half well and just a minute after the restart Sow saw a low shot scrambled clear after he was teed up by King on the edge of the box.

Hearts edged ahead again in 48 minutes when Walker, from a tight angle at the near post, glanced home a looping header from an Eckersley cross.

The league leaders had their tails up now and they increased their lead in 55 minutes when Sow despatched a penalty after Walker was adjudged to have been fouled by Darren Brownlie.

Carrick added the fourth with ten minutes left when he spun and drilled home a powerful low shot from the edge of the box.

Carrick almost struck again with four minutes left but his brilliant curling effort from 20 yards out came back off the underside of the bar. But just seconds later the sub did add his second with another thumping strike from distance.

Hearts (4-4-2): Alexander, Paterson, Ozturk, Wilson, McHattie; King (Carrick 72), Robinson, Gomis (Holt 88), Walker; Keatings (El Hassnaoui 68), Sow. Unused subs: Hamilton, McKay, Beith, McGhee.

Cowdenbeath (4-3-3): Thomson; Armstrong, Fraser, Wedderburn (Brownlie 24), Campbell (Johnston 62); Brett, Robertson, Hughes; Gallagher, Higgins, Oyenuga (Jurisic 75). Unused subs: Flynn, O’Brien, Miller, Kane.

Ref: Craig Charleston

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