Jon Daly has praised his U20s for digging deep and seeing off Dundee United last night to reach the Little Big Shot Youth Cup Final.
Goals from Alistair Roy and Angus Beith sealed the win in front of 710 supporters at Tynecastle, and the Wee Jambos’ coach believes they showed their mettle in what was a dogged Semi-Final tie.
Speaking to Hearts News, he said: “You can’t always win by playing pretty football, sometimes you have to win ugly and the boys did that last night. They showed grit and determination and seen out the result in good fashion.
“We’re obviously chuffed to make the Final. Semi-Finals are always difficult. If I’m being honest, I don’t think it was the performance that we’ve put in of late, but you have to give credit to Dundee United.
“They worked hard, they never gave in and they made it difficult for us to play. They matched us up so you’ve got to give our lads a lot of credit too because it shows the respect that United gave them.
“It was nice to get the goal early on in the first half to settle any nerves that were there. Semi-Finals are about winning, we’ve won it and we’ll take it from there.”
The Wee Jambos will now meet Motherwell in the showpiece Final. With a date and venue still to be confirmed. No matter where the game is played, Jon knows his lads will be ready to try and bring the Youth Cup home for the first time since 2000.
“We’re now one game away from a trophy,” he said. “It’s a great achievement for the lads. They’ve come a long way. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to go on and win the cup.
“Motherwell are a decent side so we’ll obviously do our homework on them and see where we need to combat them, and where we can exploit any weaknesses.
“If the Final is at Hampden then it’ll be a great experience for the boys, but we’ll go and play it wherever it has to be played.”
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