Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Kilmarnock
Tuesday 26th November 2019, KO 14:00 | League | Oriam
Lewis Moore scored a brace as Hearts Reserves defeated Kilmarnock 3-2 at Oriam on Tuesday afternoon.
Andy Kirk named first team players Bobby Zlamal and Jamie Brandon in his starting eleven, with the likes of Connor Smith, Aidan Keena and Euan Henderson lining up in attacking roles.
Hearts started the brightest and saw a few chances go amiss before the visitors took the lead against the run of play on 16 minutes. After some build-up play down the right, Kyle Connell picked the ball up inside the box and his low shot got the better of Zlamal.
The young Jambos continued to attack whenever the opportunity presented itself and eventually pulled level shortly before half-time. A through ball enabled Moore to find space and he raced in on goal, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net after taking a touch to compose himself.
Within seconds of play resuming, the boys in maroon regained possession and launched another attack down the right. Keena did well to hit the byline before cutting the ball back across goal for Moore to fire home.
A 2-1 lead at the break was probably deserved on the balance of play and the hosts took just six minutes to add a two goal cushion in the second half. Henderson's pace set him free down the right and he did well to spot McGill's run through the middle. His low pass was perfectly weighted and the Hearts number 7 produced a fine finish to send a shot beyond the keeper.
From there on in, Hearts huffed and puffed and never really got going as the visitors set about trying to find a way into the tie. They were handed a lifeline on 58 minutes when Kenny Barr tucked away a shot from close range at the back post.
A few half chances then went missing at either end before Killie saw a goal ruled out for offside in the final ten minutes.
The young Jambos saw out the remaining period of play to secure another three points in the Reserve League.
Hearts: Zlamal, Brandon (Watson '56), Logan, Darge (Ritchie '39 | Denholm for Ritchie '83), Baur, Hamilton, McGill, C.Smith, Keena, Henderson, Moore. Subs: Stone, Ward, Schiavone, Makovora.
Kilmarnock: Lyle, Barlow, Deveney (Warnock '81), Shields (Walker '65), Lynch (Russell '77), Taylor, Barr, Wilson, Connell, Monk, Brindley.
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