Dunfermline 1 Hearts 3Saturday, 27th Dec 1997
Jim Hamilton (7) 0-1:
David Bingham (pen 16) 1-1:
Ian Westwater (og 28) 1-2:
Stefano Salvatori (33) 1-3:
Bert Paton made two changes from the side that lost last Saturday at Motherwell. Andy Smith was back after a two match suspension and George Shaw replaces the injured Scott McCulloch.
Rousset was first into action saving a fierce David Bingham shot from a Curran cross from the left The Hearts keeper fisted the volley over the bar Three corners in quick succession yielded nothing and then Hearts struck Jose Quitongo the £90,000 signing from Hamilton bewildered Greg Shields before crossing for Jim HAMILTON to nod in the opener.
Nine minutes later Shields released Smith down the left Paul Ritchie bundled him over and Hugh Dallas gave a penalty David BINGHAM was given the task after Hamish’s miss at Kilmarnock and with Rousset sent the wrong way the sores were level at 1-1
Pointon was yellow carded for a 20th minute foul on Bingham and there was a unsavoury moment when a bottle was thrown from the Hearts support.
It was Ian WESTWATER, however, who lost his bottle with a 28th minute gift. Hamilton sent in a header which was headed off the line by Andy Tod. The ball spun high into the air and the Pars keeper completely mistimed his attempt to palm the ball over and instead turned it into his own net. 1-2
Next SALVATORI got his first goal for the Jambos; gathering a ball from Cameron he hit a fierce shot from just outside the penalty box high into the net.
Half time: Dunfermline 1 Hearts 3
Following a stupid yellow carded tackle on Paul Ritchie in 52nd minute Andy Smith’s departure left the Pars with ten men of little hope. This being his second yellow of the game
Dunfermline did play better with 10 men, Hamish French determined in attack but Hearts just filled the midfield and hung on for the points.
SUBS NOT USED: Steve Welsh
SCORERS: Bingham (pen 16)
YELLOW CARD: Bingham
RED CARD: Smith (52)
HEARTS: Gilles Rousset: David Weir, Paul Ritchie, Neil Pointon, Stevie Fulton, Colin Cameron (Thomas Flogel 84), Gary Locke, Stefano Salvatori, Jose Quitongo (Stephen Frail 59), Jim Hamilton, Stephane Adam
SUBS NOT USED: John Robertson
SCORERS: Hamilton (7), Westwater (og 28), Salvatori (33)
YELLOW CARD: Locke, Pointon
REFEREE: H Dallas (Motherwell)
NEXT MATCH: v St Johnstone (home) Saturday 3rd January 1998
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