It was a tough day at the office for County when they played Hearts at Tynecastle yesterday. They held the lead twice (both times through the increasingly lethal striking of Steffan Wohlfarth (above), only to see the match and any points that might have been gained from it slip away in a five minute stretch late in the second half.
The scoring commenced in spectacular fashion when a long right-to-left crossing pass from Rocco Quinn found Steffan Wohlfarth on the edge of the penalty area. Wohlfarth controlled the ball well out of the air and the proceeded to go on a mazy run, beating several Hearts defenders along the way, and the slamming an unstoppable shot into the top far corner. This is a goal that is going to be in the mix when the SPL “Goal of the Year” is decided. The skill Wohlfarth showed both in bringing down Quinn’s cross and getting off the shot displayed a great deal of technical ability from a player who was expected to make his biggest contributions to the County attack with his size and strength.
Hearts responding shortly after the half when Michael Ngoo (on loan from Liverpool) used all of his 6’6″ inches (at least!) to rise above Grant Munro and nod the ball into the County net. This goal was very much against the run of play, so it was not a surprise when, for minutes later, County responded with a goal of their own. Steffan Wohlfarth was “that man again” when he headed in from close range off an Iain Vigurs’ corner kick. And then bad things began to happen.
County can have no complaints about Hearts’ second goal. With Hearts on the attack in the 79th minute the ball popped out to the top of the box where midfielder Jason Holt was waiting. The Scotland U21 player made no mistake, hitting a screaming first time volley that Michael Fraser had no chance to even get a hand on. Like Wohlfarth’s first goal, you’ll be seeing a lot of this one on end of the year SPL lists as well. 2-2 was probably a bit unfair to County given that they’d been bossing the match for the most part, but that’s football.
Two minutes later a Hearts’ shot on goal evaded the dive of County goalkeeper Michael Fraser, but luckily defender Evangelos Oikonomu was there to back him up. Unluckily, his attempt to clear the ball out of the goal mouth ended with the ball in the back of the net. This happens to the best of defenders once in a while and in Oikonomu’s case, he has been the best of defenders this year. Hopefully he’ll shake it off and move forward.
Three minutes later Michael Ngoo scored his second on a slow roller into the corner of the net that Michael Fraser really should have done better with- I’m going to assume he was screened and reacted late to the shot. 4-2 to Hearts in a match they were never in except for the 79-84th minutes.
All of that being said, let us keep things in perspective…
So, that’s three losses in a row, but it’s hard not to be happy.