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Match Preview | Under-18s | Dunfermline (A) | Youth Cup

18 December 2023

Dunfermline Athletic vs Heart of Midlothian

Scottish FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

KDM Group East End Park, Dunfermline

19:00 KO

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Our Under-18s continue their Scottish FA Youth Cup journey tomorrow when they travel to Dunfermline in fourth round action.


David McNeil’s side make the trip to Fife in a 7pm kick-off, receiving a bye in the first and second round of the competition due to reaching the round of 16 last season.


The Wee Jambos faced Highland outfit Deveronvale in the third round on Sunday 8th October and recorded a mammoth 10-2 win. Bobby McLuckie netted four, three coming from Szymon Plesiewicz, with the other strikes going to Alexander Walker, Rocco Friel and U16, Callen Robb.



Boss McNeil says his young guns are looking forward to the experience of playing at a senior ground. After contending with a condensed fixture schedule over the festive period, the boss says his young charges deserve to savour the occasion.



“The boys are looking forward to the opportunity of playing at a first team stadium in front of a bigger crowd than usual,” he told the Official Hearts Website.



“These sorts of occasions will prepare them well for progressing onto the B-Team and hopefully the first team in time. This year in the league we have competed well, even when we have put out younger teams featuring U16s and U15s, when the B-Team have been playing.



“Giving these young boys the opportunity has really helped them progress, and the lads who are up more regularly with the B-Team dropping back in have helped to raise standards in training and games. Hopefully, we can get a positive result tomorrow as rewards for the boy’s hard work over what has been a busy schedule these past few weeks.”





  • Hearts come into the game having beaten Rangers 4-1, Drew with Celtic 2-2 and lost to Rangers 1-0 in their last three matches.


  • Matthew Gillies, Louie Selfridge and Mackenzie Ross all miss out with injuries.



  • Striker James Wilson comes into the game with six goals in four games for the U18s this year.



  • Winners of the tie will go onto face Rangers (away) in the quarter-finals.



  • Last reached the Final in 2021-22 under Steven Naismith, where a Murray Thomas goal wasn’t enough as they went down 2-1 to Rangers at Hampden Park.