Match Reports

East Fife 0-3 Hearts

12th July 2014

Comfortable victory for Hearts in Fife as goals from Buaben, Oliver and trialist Sow seal the win.

Hearts earned a comfortable 3-0 victory over East Fife in the latest pre-season friendly of Robbie Neilson's first season in charge.

First half goals from Prince Buaben and Gary Oliver, complimented by a second half strike from trialist striker Osman Sow gave the Jambos a deserved 3-0 win.

Robbie made four changes from the team that lost to Hamilton Accies on Wednesday night as James Keatings, Jason Holt, Jamie Walker and Dale Carrick dropped out, their replacements were Gary Oliver, Billy King and trialists Prince Buaben and Osman Sow, a Swedish forward.

Hearts started on the front foot, with Callum Paterson and Sam Nicholson both coming close in the early stages.

Osman Sow then came close to opening the scoring, the Swede turning his marker nicely and holding off the defence to fire in a low shot that was well saved.

His striker partner Gary Oliver was next to threaten, the youngster performing some nice footwork at the edge of the box and firing a shot that Fleming did well to save.

On 24 minutes, the pressure told and Hearts took the lead. Sow played a lovely ball through to Billy King, whose shot rebounded off the post straight to Prince Buaben, who netted into the open goal.

Oliver nearly added a second straight afterwards. A loose pass from Fraser Mullen released Sam Nicholson, who perhaps held on to the ball for too long, as his through pass found Oliver in a offside position, although the finish in off the post was worthy of note.

Ten minutes later, the Jambos doubled their lead. Billy King's corner was nodded in at the front post by Oliver. Shortly after, Alim Ozturk almost made it three, the Turkish defender showing some silky skills in the box to bamboozle his marker before firing into the keeper.

After the break, the Jambo onslaught continued. Kevin McHattie cut in from the left and drilled a fierce shot at goal, which Fleming had to look sharp for.

Sadly for him, the keeper wasn't so sharp as Hearts made it 3 on the hour. Ewan Moyes' backpass was miscontrolled by Fleming, and Sow showed good desire to close the ball down and poke the keeper's heavy touch into the net.

Morgaro Gomis - impressive in midfield - then drove forward and played in Sow, who unselfishly tried to square the ball to Oliver. Fleming read the pass howeverm but it was another promising attack.

That was the last of the action as a mass wave of substitutions killed the game, and Hearts rounded off a fine afternoon's work that Robbie Neilson will be thrilled with.