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Jon's pride

23rd September 2016

Jon Daly proud of Hearts U18s side after EoS Shield win over Hibs.

Jon Daly believes Hearts’ winning goal against Hibs was as good as you’re likely to see after the Wee Jambos won the East of Scotland Shield last night.

The young maroons faced their city counterparts at Easter Road last night to defend the Shield at U18s level. Jon’s side went 2-0 up in the second-half through Euan Henderson and Anthony McDonald before Jamie Gullan pulled one back for the home side.

The U20s coach waxed lyrical about the game’s winning goal and spoke of his pride at watching his young stars boss the game.

Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted and really chuffed for the boys. I think, to come through to Easter Road, with a very, very young team and win an U18s game with mainly 16s and 17s is a great achievement.

“It was a totally deserved victory. In the first half we could’ve been a couple up. The game sprung into life in the second half. The first goal was a good ball in and big Alex attacked it really well. It drops to Euan Henderson and he was alive and sharp and put it away.

“The second goal, if Barcelona did something like that then you’d be talking about it forever. Marc Leonard’s pulled the ball out of the sky with an unbelievable touch and had the composure to pick out Anthony McDonald. Once he went through on his left foot you just knew he was going to score, and he slotted it away really well.

“I spoke to the players about keeping a cool head because once they went 2-0 down they started to throw bodies forward. It got a bit nasty, there were a few tackles and in the build up to their penalty I think we could’ve had three fouls. We kind of lost our cool a little bit and gave away a sloppy penalty, which got them back into the game.

“Overall it was a great result and I’m very proud of them.”

Photo courtesy of Ron MacNeill