Heffernan treble breaks Hearts

Kilmarnock’s excellent form against Hearts continued as a

hat-trick from Paul Heffernan saw them to a 3-0 victory at

Tynecastle.

Heffernan’s ruthlessness in front of goal was the difference

between the two mid-table Scottish Premier League sides, who both

struggled for fluency and failed to create many chances between

them.

The first half was a scrappy affair although James Fowler could

have put Kilmarnock in front in the third minute, his long-range

effort not going far over the bar.

Jamie Walker headed over for Hearts but it was Kilmarnock who

took the lead two minutes before the break when James Dayton put

over a cross and an unmarked Heffernan nodded in from close

range.

Hearts lost defender Darren Barr with a nasty looking head

injury, and that caused six minutes of first-half injury-time, but

neither side profited from it and Killie went into the break

narrowly in front.

Cammy Bell came to the rescue for Kilmarnock early in the second

period, making a fine save to keep out Scott Robinson’s half-volley

as Hearts increased the pressure.

Sub John Sutton set up Walker but his shot was straight at Bell

and Sutton headed another chance over the crossbar on the hour

mark.

But Hearts were leaving gaps at the back and they were made to

pay when Kilmarnock added to their lead on 65 when Heffernan

reacted quickest to score his second from a William Gros

knockdown.

His hat-trick came six minutes later when James MacDonald pushed

away a shot from Borja Perez, and it fell perfectly for the striker

who made no mistake in putting the rebound into an unguarded

net.

Hearts produced little else to excite their fans in the second

half, bar David Ngoo having a header cleared off the line, and

Kilmarnock were able to cruise to their third win of the season

over the Edinburgh side.