Sean Clare’s penalty proved decisive as Hearts overcame Partick Thistle to clinch a Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness.

Championship strugglers Thistle stunned their hosts early on as Scott McDonald tapped in the opener.

But Uche Ikpeazu, Hearts’ standout player on the night, thumped home a quick equaliser.

Clare then converted a first-half penalty, with Ikpeazu later spurning a second spot kick.

Much like the 1-1 draw at Firhill last week, Thistle exerted late pressure and had two penalty appeals. The second, in injury time, looked strong when Christophe Berra appeared to clip Miles Story but referee Bobby Madden waved away the frantic appeals.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1Zlamal
  • 26Godinho
  • 4SouttarBooked at 90mins
  • 6Berra
  • 17Garuccio
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 9Clare
  • 8LeeSubstituted forHaringat 66′minutes
  • 23MulraneySubstituted forMorrisonat 83′minutes
  • 15Wighton
  • 19Ikpeazu

Substitutes

  • 5Haring
  • 7Bozanic
  • 13Doyle
  • 18MacLean
  • 28Dikamona
  • 35Keena
  • 38Morrison

Partick Thistle

  • 15HazardBooked at 35mins
  • 31McMillan
  • 5Anderson
  • 43Saunders
  • 3Penrice
  • 17Slater
  • 8Bannigan
  • 2ElliottSubstituted forCardleat 51′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10McDonald
  • 7SpittalSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 76′minutes
  • 30MansellSubstituted forStoreyat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGinty
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Harkins
  • 19Storey
  • 21Fitzpatrick
  • 23Sneddon
  • 32Cardle
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
10,351

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 2, Partick Thistle 1.

Booking

Joe Cardle (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Peter Haring.

Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Souttar (Heart of Midlothian).

Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt blocked. Scott McDonald (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack McMillan (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Craig Wighton (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Marcus Godinho (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Penrice (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Craig Wighton (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Callumn Morrison replaces Jake Mulraney.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt missed. Sean Clare (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ben Garuccio (Heart of Midlothian).

Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aidan Fitzpatrick replaces Blair Spittal.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian).

Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ben Garuccio.

Attempt missed. Scott McDonald (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Saunders (Partick Thistle).

Penalty saved! Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Heart of Midlothian. Uche Ikpeazu draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) after a foul in the penalty area.

Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Slater (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Miles Storey replaces Le Mansell.

Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Peter Haring replaces Olly Lee.

goal

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