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
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
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
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
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
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
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.