Sunday, 29 August 2010

Heart of Midlothian 1 v Dundee United 1 - Scottish Premier League

Season ticket and programme

Sunday 29th August 2010 - Scottish Premier League
at Tynecastle Stadium

Heart of Midlothian (1) 1 (Templeton 30)
Dundee United (0) 1 (Gomis 86)

Admission season ticket, Programme £3, attendance 12,898
An English goalkeeper called Banks practices taking penalties
Steve Banks, ex Hearts now on the books of Dundee United

Heart of Midlothian
  • 25 Kello
  • 05 Barr
  • 21 Ismael Bouzid
  • 24 Thomsonyellow card
  • 04 Jonsson
  • 07 Suso Santana (Obua 76)
  • 08 Black
  • 12 Templeton (Novikovas 80)
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 31 Mrowiec
  • 09 Kyle


  • 01 Balogh,
  • 02 Kucharski,
  • 13 Obua,
  • 17 McGowan,
  • 20 Thomson,
  • 18 Novikovas,
  • 27 Robinson

Dundee Utd

  • 01 Pernis
  • 02 Dillon
  • 17 Douglas
  • 18 Kenneth
  • 23 Watson (Gomis 67)
  • 06 Conway
  • 08 Robertsonyellow card (Shala 78 yellow card)
  • 14 Swanson (Robertson 4)
  • 15 Buaben
  • 09 Daly
  • 25 Goodwillie


  • 13 Banks,
  • 03 Dixon,
  • 05 Dods,
  • 12 Robertson,
  • 16 Gomis,
  • 20 Shala,
  • 21 Damian Casalinuovo
I made a mad dash from Cannon Park, Retford to Doncaster railway station yesterday tea time, just in time to catch the train to Edinburgh, affording me the chance of a night out in 'Auld Reekie', which, with no disrespect meant to my home town, is slightly more lively than Wetherspoons on Grove Street or the Cannon Square triangle.
In fact the Edinburgh night-life during Festival season is almost as lively as the Brick & Tile at the bottom of Moorgate Hill on a Saturday night, but only almost ;-)
Dundee United, resplendent in exactly the same tangerine orange Nike kit that Worksop Town wear, were put under the cosh from the off, but Hearts struggled to find the finishing touch to a succession of corners and the bulk of the play during the opening stages.
They were left to lament their lack of goalscoring prowess in the early stages later on in the game as the visitors staged a late rally.
Calum Eliot failed a late fitness test before kick off to leave Hearts a man down and then Lee Wallace pulled up during the pre match warm up to deplete the starting line up still further.
That set out the stall for a frustrating afternoon for the pride of Edinburgh.
Adrian Mrowiec almost put the home side ahead with an header that rattled the crossbar, but on 30 minutes David Templeton fired home the opening goal. A succession of left wing corners as the United goal came under siege for a long period of the first half, seemed to suggest more goals would be forthcoming, but it wasn't to be.
Craig Thomson, Hearts number 24 looked very busy and effective (he takes the corners) but his namesake Craig Thomson the SPL referee seemed to have decided that he was going to be the star of the show instead ... maybe he had a new whistle that he wanted to use as much as possible. It was never a dirty game, but his stop/start antics made this game painful to watch at times.
It's a goal!!!

In the second half Dundee United stepped up their game, but Marian Kello in the Hearts goal was equal to anything that 'The Arabs' could throw at him including a John Daly penalty.
But with just four minutes remaining Morgaro Gomis, on as a substitute, latched onto a half cleared David Robertson cross to smash home an unstoppable shot.
Now the home side were to rue not converting all of their first half chances into goals.
It nearly got worse for Hearts, but Kello blocked a late effort by Craig Conway to keep the score at 1-1 and salvage a point for the Jambos that could and should have been all three and a foregone conclusion before the end of the first forty five minutes.
Incidentally it is not politically incorrect to call Dundee United 'The Arabs', it's an old nickname that is still affectionately used by their own supporters that harks back to when they had an heavily sanded pitch at Tannadice ... their own fans forum linked to the official website is called Arab Zone.
Somebody asked me to review the food available at Tynecastle ... er, it's gash!
And there are hundreds (literally) of other places in the nearby vicinity that you can purchase better fare from at a fraction of the price.