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Hearts 1-2 Rangers: Wee Jambos beaten in final

27th April 2022

Despite a spirited second half performance, the Wee Jambos were beaten 2-1 by Rangers in the Scottish Youth Cup Final at Hampden.

Two first half goals from Rangers were enough to do the damage to Hearts, with Murray Thomas netting eight minutes from full-time to set up a nervy ending.

Liam McFarlane was called into action early doors for Hearts, pulling off a series of cracking saves to keep things tight as the first half progressed.

Rangers stroked the ball about well though, with Robbie Ure and Rory Wilson both going close for the Ibrox side in the first stanza.

Callum Sandilands' header was saved, before Darren McInally stroked home the first goal of the game after 34 minutes: picking up a loose Hearts header from the corner, before finishing with a half-volley to put Rangers in front.

And when a Ciubotaru cross to a waiting Wilson was promptly dispatched on the volley past McFarlane on the cusp of half-time, there were fears the game was slipping away.

To their immense credit, the Wee Jambos came out of the traps for the second 45 with the bit between their teeth.

Makenzie Kirk knocked on the door a few times, but it was his attacking colleague Murray Thomas that made the difference, showing great determination under pressure from his marker to send a sweet strike under Jack McConnell ten minutes from time.

A titanic attacking display followed from Hearts, who put Rangers under real pressure. The Govan men showed their steel though, and kept Hearts at bay to retain their Youth Cup crown.

Hearts: McFarlane, Friel (Ross 66'), Aitken, Flatman, Rathie, McLuckie, Tait, Pollock, Simpson, Sandilands (Thomas 45'), Kirk (Wilson 76')

 Subs: Paris, Nair, Forrester, Gordon, Ross, Thomas, Wilson

Rangers: McConnell, Harkness, Ciubotaru, Allan, Allen, Strachan, McInally (Dunlop 75'), Lindsay, Wilson (Roberts 90'), Ure, Pasnik (Graham 67')

Subs: Pazikas, McKay, Ewen, Webster, Dunlop, Roberts, Graham