Hearts U20s completed a Development League double over Hibs, winning 2-1 at Ochilview this evening.
Robbie Buchanan’s first-half screamer was complimented by Dario Zanatta’s penalty, as the Wee Jambos made it two wins from two against their city rivals this season, despite Jordan Sinclair’s late penalty for the visitors.
The only overage player to feature for Jon Daly’s side was goalkeeper Jack Hamilton, while Dario Zanatta started on the left, with Angus Beith captaining the team.
The opening stages were largely uneventful, due to both sides cancelling each other out. Neither goalkeeper was tested, with the bulk of the play occurring in the middle of the park.
Hibs had the game’s first half chance after 24 minutes when a deep cross to the back post found Jamie Gullan, but he couldn’t steer his header on target.
Zanatta weaved his way through this Hibs backline on the half hour mark, losing possession but regaining the ball to move it on to Beith, but his effort from 25-yards curled straight into Sean Brennan’s arms.
Three minutes later a moment of sheer brilliance opened the scoring, and it was courtesy of Buchanan. The striker gathered possession 20-yards out before doubling back on himself, turning his marker inside out, then placing an inch-perfect shot was his right foot straight into the top corner, leaving Brennan with no chance.
The visitors then passed up a golden opportunity to level the scores, with Josh Peters unmarked at the back post, but like his striking counterpart earlier, he failed to hit the target when the goal was at his mercy.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with no real goalscoring opportunities. Again, the majority of the work was done in midfield, with plenty of robust challenges flying in as the game progressed.
With 14 minutes remaining, Hearts were awarded a penalty after Jordan McGregor brought down Zanatta inside the six-yard box, and the Canadian dusted himself down to drill low beyond Brennan and into his bottom right corner.
Hibs were awarded a penalty of their own with three minutes remaining. Hamilton rushed off his line to make a brave stop from Adam Watson, but the referee pointed to the spot, insisting their was contact after the block, and Jordan Sinclair duly dispatched into the top corner.
The Wee Jambos held on, however, to record their second victory of the season over their city rivals.
Hearts: Hamilton, Morrison, Jones, Howlett-Mundle, Baur, Moore, Beith, McKirdy (Cochrane, 84'), Zanatta, Roy (I. Smith, 71'), Buchanan. Subs: Mason, Baxter, K. Smith.
Hibs: Brennan, Dunsmore, Mackie, Porteous, McGregor, Stirling, Watson, Breen (Sinclair, 64'), Peters (Donaldson, 57'), Gullian, Crane. Subs: Costello, Waugh, Murray, A. Smith, Scott.