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Aberdeen   0 - 1   Hearts

Hearts midfielder Laryea Kingston is shown a red card by referee Willie Collum
Kingston had not long come on as a substitute before his dismissal

By Andy Campbell

Hearts consigned Aberdeen to a third straight defeat, despite having Laryea Kingston sent off at Pittodrie.

The midfielder saw red following a high challenge on Fraser Fyvie early in the second half.

But the Dons were unable to take advantage of their superior manpower and fell behind when Eggert Jonsson's overhead kick flew into the net.

Aberdeen rarely threatened and their delivery into the box posed few problems to the Hearts rearguard.

The victory for Hearts, their third on the trot, takes them eight points clear of seventh-placed Aberdeen, who have a game in hand.

An early slip by Hearts full-back Dawid Kucharski almost allowed Aberdeen in on goal but Lee Wallace mopped up the danger.

Jonsson blazed over the Aberdeen crossbar as both sides struggled to carve out decent scoring chances.

Aberdeen's Ricky Foster fired into the side-netting after being presented with possession on the edge of the Hearts box before, at the other end, there were faint appeals for a penalty following Gary McDonald's challenge on Ryan Stevenson.

Kucharski limped off injured and and was soon replaced by Kingston.

Stevenson's shot was claimed by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield seconds before the referee's whistle ended the opening period.

Hearts players celebrate a goal against Aberdeen
The Hearts players celebrate Jonsson's winning strike

Hearts' injury woes continued after the interval as Marius Zaliukas left the field for treatment on what appeared to be a hamstring injury and, while the defender was off the park, the visitors' numbers were further reduced by Kingston's dismissal.

The Ghana midfielder caught Fyvie with a high boot and was promptly ordered off by referee Willie Collum.

Paul Mulrooney was sent on in place of Zaliukas before Darren Mackie's flicked header was collected by Hearts keeper Janos Balogh.

Charlie Mulgrew tried to take Balogh by surprise by shooting from a free-kick wide on the left but the keeper positioned himself well to hold the attempt.

Hearts took a surprise lead in the 64th minute when Calum Elliot's shot cannoned high into the air off Mulgrew and no-one challenged Jonsson as he acrobatically volleyed past Langfield.

Elliot cut in from the left and fired a shot at Langfield as Hearts looked to close the game out.

A mis-hit shot by Mulgrew and effort wide by substitute Michael Paton typified Aberdeen's frustration in front of goal.

Wallace was the next Hearts player to receive treatment after a clash of heads with team-mate David Obua produced a gash on the side of the full-back's forehead but he soon returned to play sporting a bandage to help his side see out the final few minutes.

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 0-1 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Jonsson 64

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 Mulgrew
    • 03 Foster
    • 05 Diamond yellow card
    • 14 Young
    • 04 McDonald yellow card
    • 08 Kerr yellow card
    • 20 Marshall (Aluko 59)
    • 34 Fyvie (Paton 72)
    • 09 MacLean
    • 10 Mackie

    Substitutes

    • 21 Nelson,
    • 18 Grassi,
    • 22 Ifil,
    • 11 Aluko,
    • 16 Duff,
    • 26 Jack,
    • 24 Paton

    Hearts

    • 01 Balogh yellow card
    • 02 Kucharski (Kingston 45 red card)
    • 03 Wallace
    • 20 Thomson
    • 26 Zaliukas (Mulrooney 54 yellow card)
    • 04 Jonsson yellow card
    • 16 Stevenson
    • 18 Novikovas (Mole 58)
    • 23 Stewart
    • 13 Obua
    • 22 Elliot

    Substitutes

    • 28 Ridgers,
    • 10 Kingston,
    • 39 Mulrooney,
    • 44 Smith,
    • 19 Mole,
    • 24 Templeton,
    • 36 Glen
    Ref: CollumAtt: 8,316
    ABERDEEN
    HEARTS

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 51%
    • Hearts 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 7
    • Hearts 5

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Hearts 2

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Hearts 0

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 15
    • Hearts 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:22 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:15 Booking Janos Balogh is booked.
    • 90:00+2:43 The ball is sent over by Michael Paton, Ryan Stevenson manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:11 Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, clearance by Eggert Jonsson. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Paton from the left by-line played to the near post, David Obua manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Paton by Ryan Stevenson. Derek Young restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:27 Lee Wallace challenges Darren Mackie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Charlie Mulgrew from the free kick, blocked by Lee Wallace. Zander Diamond takes a shot. Save made by Janos Balogh. The assistant referee signals for offside against Sone Aluko. Janos Balogh takes the indirect free kick.
    • 89:37 Shot by Calum Elliot. Comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 88:08 Ryan Stevenson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 87:15 Free kick taken by Ryan Stevenson.
    • 87:15 Booking Zander Diamond is cautioned.
    • 87:13 Zander Diamond challenges Calum Elliot unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 84:53 Richard Foster delivers the ball, clearance by David Obua.
    • 84:38 The ball is swung over by Darren Mackie, clearance made by David Obua.
    • 79:38 Long range effort from Michael Paton misses to the left of the target.
    • 77:41 The ball is crossed by Sone Aluko, Ryan Stevenson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line. The ball is swung over by Mark Kerr, Ryan Stevenson makes a clearance. Charlie Mulgrew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 75:06 Calum Elliot takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
    • 72:40 Charlie Mulgrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Elliot. Free kick taken by Jason Thomson.
    • 71:56 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Michael Paton coming on for Fraser Fyvie.
    • 71:17 Derek Young delivers the ball.
    • 71:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Ryan Stevenson. Free kick taken by Mark Kerr.
    • 66:41 Inswinging corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line, clearance made by Michael Stewart.
    • 65:47 Shot by Derek Young. Blocked by Gary McDonald.
    • 64:47 Michael Stewart concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Mackie. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 63:33 Assist on the goal came from Calum Elliot.
    • 63:33 GOAL - Eggert JonssonAberdeen 0 - 1 Hearts A goal is scored by Eggert Jonsson from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Hearts.
    • 63:28 Shot by Calum Elliot. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 61:11 Ryan Stevenson produces a cross, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:40 Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Calum Elliot. The referee gives a free kick against Calum Elliot for handball. Charlie Mulgrew fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Janos Balogh.
    • 58:40 Substitution Paul Marshall leaves the field to be replaced by Sone Aluko.
    • 58:40 Booking Booking for Paul Mulrooney for unsporting behaviour.
    • 58:31 Paul Mulrooney challenges Paul Marshall unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 57:51 Substitution Jamie Mole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Arvydas Novikovas.
    • 57:19 Darren Mackie challenges Lee Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:41 Paul Marshall crosses the ball, Darren Mackie takes a shot. Comfortable save by Janos Balogh.
    • 53:04 Corner taken by Paul Marshall, David Obua makes a clearance.
    • 53:04 Substitution Paul Mulrooney is brought on as a substitute for Marius Zaliukas.
    • 53:04 Darren Mackie takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Thomson. Shot from 6 yards from Gary McDonald. Arvydas Novikovas gets a block in.
    • 51:24 Derek Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 51:24 Sent off Laryea Kingston is sent off.
    • 51:02 Laryea Kingston concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraser Fyvie.
    • 48:13 Darren Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson. Janos Balogh takes the free kick.
    • 46:42 Jason Thomson produces a cross, save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 45:44 Fraser Fyvie challenges Arvydas Novikovas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:21 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+0:04 Drilled right-footed shot by Ryan Stevenson. Save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 44:18 Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:18 Substitution Laryea Kingston on for Dawid Kucharski.
    • 44:18 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond.
    • 40:51 Steven MacLean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 40:23 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Kerr. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:57 Steven MacLean challenges Dawid Kucharski unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Wallace.
    • 37:11 Marius Zaliukas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 37:11 Booking The referee books Gary McDonald for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:02 Gary McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Stewart.
    • 35:18 Michael Stewart challenges Paul Marshall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:09 Lee Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Kerr. Free kick taken by Zander Diamond.
    • 34:50 The ball is sent over by Richard Foster, Arvydas Novikovas makes a clearance.
    • 33:46 Richard Foster sends in a cross, Eggert Jonsson manages to make a clearance. Effort from the edge of the box by Richard Foster goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 33:11 Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean. Derek Young takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:24 Darren Mackie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Jason Thomson.
    • 30:40 Derek Young produces a cross, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.
    • 27:48 Mark Kerr challenges Michael Stewart unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 26:49 Foul by Steven MacLean on Marius Zaliukas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Janos Balogh.
    • 26:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Derek Young by Arvydas Novikovas. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:08 Calum Elliot fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
    • 20:26 The ball is swung over by Zander Diamond, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 18:24 Charlie Mulgrew fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 18:24 Booking Booking for Eggert Jonsson for unsporting behaviour.
    • 18:21 Eggert Jonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven MacLean.
    • 16:51 Effort from outside the area by Paul Marshall goes wide right of the goal.
    • 15:37 Dawid Kucharski takes the free kick.
    • 15:37 Booking Mark Kerr goes into the book.
    • 15:34 Mark Kerr challenges Michael Stewart unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 13:41 Eggert Jonsson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 11:58 David Obua gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 11:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson by Zander Diamond. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:34 The ball is delivered by Ryan Stevenson, clearance by Zander Diamond.
    • 8:14 Unfair challenge on David Obua by Charlie Mulgrew results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Stewart. The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
    • 7:31 Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie from the left by-line, save by Janos Balogh.
    • 3:11 The offside flag is raised against Darren Mackie. Janos Balogh restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:22 Jason Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven MacLean. Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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