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Played at great pace this was an entertaining match more typical of a cup tie. Hearts, particularly In the second half, had more of the play but the points went to Tannadice thanks to a Paul Hegarty header. Only five minutes were on the clock when Hearts had the ball in the net, but a linesman's flag indicated the ball had gone out. Foster then had a chance but shot over the bar. John Clark's shot which went narrowly past was our first threat after 15 minutes. Kevin Gallacher then had a useful effort blocked and Smith had to look lively to save a Paul Hegarty header. Nine minutes later Paul Hegarty wasn't to be denied when he somehow reached a cross from Paul Sturrock to loop a header over the outstretched arm of Henry Smith. The second half was a catalogue of Hearts pressure but we still looked dangerous. Paul Hegarty forced a save from Smith. Gallacher volleyed just over and in the last minute substitute Ian Redford was unfortunate to see his 20 yarder strike the underside of the bar. Even then Hearts almost snatched a point they probably deserved when Billy Thomson, as he had done all afternoon, denied Colquhoun.