Hearts hammer Kilmarnock

Ryan Stevenson put a huge dent in Kilmarnock's Scottish Premiership survival bid with a hat-trick in Hearts' one-sided 5-0 win at Tynecastle.

Last Updated: 04/05/14 at 18:32 Post Comment

Ryan Stevenson: Celebrates his second goal in Hearts romp against Kilmarnock

Ryan Stevenson: Celebrates his second goal in Hearts romp against Kilmarnock

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Stevenson scored the first treble of his career and set up the Edinburgh club's other two goals to leave their opponents in serious danger of joining them in the Championship next season.

Hearts needed only 11 minutes to open the scoring, with Stevenson smashing a free-kick past Craig Samson, with the aid of a deflection, after Sam Nicholson had been hacked down.

The home side thought they had a penalty seconds later when Callum Paterson was seemingly brought down in the box, but nothing was given.

Kris Boyd had an overhead kick go just over the bar as Killie mounted a rare attack but they soon found themselves 2-0 down, with a 24th-minute clearance falling to Stevenson on the edge of the box which he rifled home with his left foot.

Jamie MacDonald saved at the near post from the lively Boyd and Sammy Clingan's swerving free-kick went narrowly over the bar, but Kilmarnock dropped three goals down seconds before the break.

And it was a memorable goal that completed Stevenson's hat-trick - he started the move with a lovely ball out to Billy King and stormed forward to get himself on the end of the winger's cross.

Stevenson skimmed the post with an effort just after the interval and he continued his dominance of the game by setting up Hearts' fourth on 56, his pass giving King the chance to sprint clear and beat Samson from 12 yards.

Four minutes later it was 5-0 and, yet again, Stevenson was at the heart of things with his right-wing cross being bundled in by rampaging full-back Paterson.

Craig Slater had a couple of chances for Kilmarnock late on, firing wide and having a mis-hit shot saved by MacDonald, but there was not even to be a consolation as Hearts played out the final few minutes for easily their biggest win of the season.

Defeat leaves Kilmarnock in 11th with two games remaining in the season, one point adrift of Ross County and two behind Hibernian and Partick Thistle - the 11th-placed finisher will play the winner of the three Championship playoff teams for a place in the 2014-15 SPFL.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 24 May 2015
12:30
Aberdeen 0-1 St J'stone  
Celtic 5-0 Inverness Report
Dundee U 3-0 Dundee  
Saturday, 23 May 2015
15:00
Hamilton 1-0 St Mirren Report
Kilmarnock 1-2 Ross Co Report
Motherwell 0-0 Partick Report
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen Report
Inverness 3-0 Dundee U Report
Partick 1-4 Kilmarnock  
Ross Co 2-1 Hamilton  

Footer 365

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Clough

League One club Sheffield United have dismissed manager Nigel Clough after missing out on promotion.

West Ham favourite Slaven Bilic to leave Besiktas

Slaven Bilic has fuelled speculation he could take over at West Ham after announcing he will leave Besiktas.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company