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MATCH REPORT Hearts 0-0 Ross County

The Staggies first away game of the season ended in stalemate with a 0-0 at Tynecastle. In what was a great performance from the Staggies, it almost ended in success when a late penalty fell to Brian Graham.


Mullin was the first to pull out a save from either keeper. Sean Kelly’s corner was cleared towards Mullin whose volley brought out the best in Hearts keeper Zlamal to prevent him scoring. Mullin would have the second real chance of the game only 5 minutes later. It was Kelly again who was supplier, getting to the by-line and crossing to an unmarked Mullin at the back post. Mullin’s volley this time wildly over the bar.


Just short of the half hour mark Hearts tested Laidlaw. Halkett took the ball forward and slipped in Washington who only had Laidlaw to beat but the big keeper managed to get a hand to stop the ball before the ball was cleared to safety.


The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came for Sean Kelly. Mullin took a freekick from the left-hand side which caused chaos in the Hearts box and found Kelly unmarked at the back post. Kelly’s header cleared off the line and the follow up narrowly wide of target.


On the hour Gardyne almost opened the scoring. Taking what looked like a cross the ball headed toward goal and came off the far post denying Gardyne his first of the season. Next to try for County was Ross Stewart. Marcus Fraser picked out Stewart between two defenders, but his effort was rash and went straight over the crossbar.


The defining moment of the match came with only minutes to go. Marcus Fraser drove in to the box and was hauled down leaving the referee pointing to the spot. Brian Graham stepped up sent the keeper the wrong way but, in the process, saw his penalty come back off the post. Gardyne’s follow up could only find the side netting.


As the game came to a conclusion the Staggies claimed their 1st point of the road of season 2019/2020 in the Scottish Premiership. This leaves the Staggies unbeaten in 7 competitive matches in League and Cup competitions.

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