Stevenson’s brace leads Hearts past Dundee United

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Updated: December 23, 2012

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sports Network) – Ryan Stevenson netted a pair of first-
half goals as Hearts held off Dundee United, 2-1, at Tynecastle Stadium on
Sunday.

Stevenson’s first goal arrived after 15 minutes when he took a pass from John
Sutton and fired a shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Dylan McGowan helped create the second goal in the 31st minute when he was
fouled inside the penalty area by United’s Barry Douglas, allowing Stevenson
to tally his second goal of the match from the spot.

The visitors pulled a goal back in the 57th minute through Keith Watson, but
Hearts held out to claim all three points and move one point ahead of United
in the middle of the table.

Sunday’s other contest ended in a 1-1 draw between Kilmarnock and Hibernian as
the two sides traded first-half goals.

Paul Heffernan’s goal after six minutes had Kilmarnock ahead early, but
Hibernian answered through Eoin Doyle, who tallied his third goal in two games
by turning home a cross from Leigh Griffiths at the back post.