Hearts win Scottish FA Cup in penalty shootout
GLASGOW, May 13, (Reuters) Hearts today lifted the Scottish FA Cup for the first time in eight years with a 4-2 penalty shootout win over third division Gretna at Hampden Park today.
The score was 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra time.
Hearts had Paul Hartley sent off in the final minute of extra time for kicking Derek Townsley and earning a second booking.
Czech striker Rudi Skacel scored for Hearts in the 38th minute, crashing in a low shot after a long throw in by Robbie Neilson hurtled towards the back of the box.
Gretna substitute David Graham had an amazing miss in the 66th minute. He raced past several defenders and rounded keeper Craig Gordon seven metres out only for Hearts' Robbie Neilson to stop him rolling the ball into an empty net.
Gretna equalised through Ryan McGuffie in the 74th minute when he followed up on his penalty shot which had been blocked by Gordon.
Hearts won the shootout when Gretna's Townsley and Gavin Skelton both missed their penalties.