LiveRaith Rovers 0-4 Hearts RECAP: Mackay-Steven double leads visitors to final day victory

Hearts ended the season on a high as a double from Gary Mackay-Steven and goals from Euan Henderson and Steven Naismith gave the visitors victory over Raith Rovers.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:54 pm
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 9:42 pm
Hearts defeated Raith Rovers 4-0 the last time the teams met at Stark's Park. Picture: SNS

The result means Robbie Neilson’s side finish the campaign 12 points ahead of the nearest challengers, who happened to be Dundee as the Dens Park side took full advantage of the result in Kirkcaldy to pip Raith into second place.

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Raith v Hearts LIVE: Updates from Stark’s Park

Last updated: Friday, 30 April, 2021, 21:39

  • Last game of the Championship season
  • Raith need win to guarantee second

It’s all over! Hearts end the campaign on a high with a comprehensive victory over Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.

GMS should have a hat-trick. A perfectly-weighted clipped ball from Irving finds the attacker running in at the back post. His header is right at MacDonald from six yards.

Hearts have the ball in the net for a fifth time but the linesman’s flag comes up as Naismith taps across for Boyce.

Mackay-Steven has four goals in six days. This one, however, was all about Boyce. He beats one defender, plays a perfect one-two with Naismith and fires a ball across goal that Mackay-Steven just has to turn into an empty net.

Naismith didn’t have to wait long for another crack and this time he makes no mistake. Spencer plays an ill-advised pass inside his own box. Boyce is able to shield and then flick into the path of Naismith, who flicks it himself beyond MacDonald for a third.

Halliday sets up Naismith to crack the crossbar from inside the penalty box.

Naismith, who is considering his retirement, could be making his final appearance as he replaces Henderson.

Henderson knocks it back to Boyce running toward the centre of goal. The Northern Irishman delays his shot a little and when it does strike there is a deflection that takes the sting out of it just a little, allowing MacDonald to gather.

Halkett blasts the penalty off the bar. It remains 2-0.

RED CARD AND PENALTY!

This one is as good as done. It’s very harsh on Davidson, who doesn’t make contact with Henderson as the youngster tries to get to the ball ahead of him. But the referee red the situation wrong and gave the defender his marching orders.

Henderson has his goal this time! The attacker receives a pass from Halliday, cuts back inside King and beds his shot into the far corner. It’s 2-0 to the visitors.

Irving, in what could potentially be his last game for the club, replaces Smith who picked up an injury. Haring will go to right centre-back.

It should be 2-0 to the visitors. A terrific through ball from Boyce finds Henderson streaking into the box. His low shot is excellently saved by MacDonald, who springs up just in time to deny Henderson knocking in the rebound. Henderson probably could have put it beyond doubt, but it was still a top-drawer save from the ex-Hearts goalkeeper.

Opportunity for Hearts as Halliday wins possession and drives forward. The left wing-back has Henderson in space on the right of the penalty box but plays his pass behind the youngster, allowing Raith to clear.

Raith get the game underway. The hosts have made a change with Armstrong on for Mendy and, what looks like, a change of system.

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