Hearts continued their pre-season preparations with a comfortable victory over East Fife at Tynecastle this evening.
The Jambos played with too much pace and intensity for their part-time opponents as they blitzed the Methil outfit with three first-half goals, before adding another two in the second half.
Hearts started on the front foot, as Olly Lee found Liam Boyce with a precise through pass; the Northern Irish striker then slipped in Elliott Frear, but the winger drove his shot wide. They took the lead soon after when Craig Halkett volleyed home Jamie Walker’s corner.
It was almost two after 15 minutes when Boyce slid through Ben Garuccio, who drew out keeper Jordan Hart but could only chip the ball over the bar. Boyce was next to threaten when Michael Smith’s deep cross found him at the back post, but Hart saved well.
Moments later, it was 2-0. Frear found the ball out on the right wing and cut it inside to Jordan Roberts. Roberts touched the ball back to Frear, who curled home.
A minute later, Hearts made it three. Lee drew a save from Hart following a swift break, and from the resulting corner, the ball broke to Walker who fired his shot high into the net.
Just before the break, Frear cut in off the right wing and crossed for Roberts, who could only head over the bar. Boyce did manage to get himself on the scoresheet less than a minute into the second half, however, as he nodded home from a Smith cross.
East Fife, having replaced their entire side at half-time, enjoyed more possession and territory in the second period, having the benefit of freshness, and brought out a couple of routine saves from Craig Gordon, without threatening a great deal.
With 12 minutes remaining, Hearts made it 5-0. Frear’s corner was nodded down by Halkett, and Chris Hamilton prodded the ball home from close range to complete the scoring.