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Monday 25 Jan 2021
Boyce bags a brace and Magennis continues scoring form

Hearts striker Liam Boyce took his goal tally for the season to nine after scoring twice in the Edinburgh outfit’s shock 3-2 defeat to Raith Rovers at Tynecastle Park at the weekend.

Trailing 3-0 at the break, Hearts, who also had Northern Ireland defender Michael Smith in their starting line-up, responded with two headed goals from the 29-year-old in the second half, however it was not enough to prevent them falling to their first home defeat of the season. 

Meanwhile, midfielder Ali McCann can look forward to participating in next month’s Scottish League Cup Final after St Johnstone overcame fellow Premiership side Hibernian 3-0 in the semi-final at Hampden Park on Saturday.

McCann will now face international colleague Ciaron Brown in the decider on 28 February, although the defender, who is currently on-loan from Cardiff City, missed Livingston’s narrow 1-0 success against St Mirren yesterday through suspension.

Back on the goalscoring front Josh Magennis (pictured abovestruck his ninth goal of the campaign as Hull City maintained their place at the top of League One with an emphatic 4-0 win at Portsmouth while former U21 international Jamie Reid scored the only goal of the game as Mansfield Town defeated Southend United in League Two.

In the FA Cup, Bailey Peacock-Farrell (pictured below) kept a clean sheet as Burnley progressed to the fifth round of the competition with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Fulham.

The 24-year-old made a sensational one-handed save early in the second-half before completing a triple save by twice denying Alexsandar Mitrovic.

“I’m pleased for Bailey because he was assured throughout,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche “It’s a big save at 1-0 and we do like what he’s doing.

“It was a big ask for him in the last game at Manchester City, so I am delighted for him and his mentality at the clean sheet today.”

 

On the injury front, on-loan midfielder Alfie McCalmont missed Oldham Athletic’s League Two win at home to Newport County though he is expected to return for the midweek encounter with Cheltenham Town.

In the National League, goalkeeper Ollie Webber made his debut for Dover Athletic whom he has joined on loan from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

Although his new employers lost 2-0 at home to Solihull Moors, who had former Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward in their side, manager Andy Hessenthaler was still impressed by the 20-year-old’s performance.

“I thought he was excellent,” said Hessenthaler, “We decided to put him straight in; I thought his kicking was good and he also made a good save in the first half.”

Finally, there were assists over the weekend for Rochdale’s Matt Lund and Aberdeen winger Matthew Kennedy.