Hearts U20s exited the Irn Bru Cup last night at the hands of Elgin City.
The Wee Jambos went down to goals in either half from Shane Sutherland and Kyle McLeod at Borough Briggs in the second round match, in a competition which pits Premiership U20s sides against senior opposition.
U20s coach Jon Daly praised his young maroons for their second-half showing and hopes they can take valuable lessons going forward, starting with Tuesday’s Development League opener against Hibs.
Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk, he said: “I think in the second-half we were much better. First-half I thought our decision making at times let us down. It was disappointing to lose a goal when we were down to ten men due to Leon Jones’ injury but I thought we came out in the second-half and played some good stuff.
“The boys can hold their heads high. To come from 2-0 down away to Stirling Albion, who have a remarkable home record in League Two, to win 3-2 is a great achievement. On Tuesday they went away to Elgin, who also have a great home record, and it always going to be a tough fixture to travel to. If they can take things from these games then it’ll help them going forward.
“We had a good record against Hibs last season, we beat them twice. But it’s a new season, new players and a new challenge. You can’t really look back, you need to keep looking ahead and it’s one that the boys, myself and everyone here is looking forward to.”