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U18s: Hearts 7-1 Dundee Utd | Wee Jambos run riot

12th April 2022

The Wee Jambos terrorised the Terrors at Oriam this evening, running out 7-1 winners over Dundee United on league business.

Steven Naismith's young charges responded emphatically to last week's 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen, putting in a stylish performance against a youthful United side to pick up the points.

Callum Sandilands notched four times, whilst a Bobby McLuckie brace and Mackenzie Ross goal wrapped up proceedings for the 18s.

The match, refereed by Premiership whistler Alan Muir, also saw the continued trial of VAR technology - with a Harry Gordon strike ruled out as offside for Hearts following video replays, whilst a Sandilands goal was permitted to stand after consulation with the screen.

Hearts made their intentions clear right from the off. Makenzie Kirk wasted no time in teeing up Bobby McLuckie for the first chance of the evening - making a well-timed run and pass to his teammate that forced United 'keeper Jamie McCabe into an early save with just five minutes on the clock.

McLuckie was in the mood for more and soon made the breakthrough for Hearts just minutes later, rifling home a powerful 20-yard effort to open the scoring.

United's evening quickly got worse; an error from McCabe saw the ball fall favourably to the feet of an oncoming Sandilands - who applied a simple finish to double the maroon lead.

Rory MacLeod pulled one back for the young Terrors within minutes, but Hearts simply responded in kind; fine link-up play between Kirk and Rocco Friel saw Sandilands bag the third goal with a glancing header - a VAR check for offside followed and the goal was allowed to remain. 

Sandilands had two more goals before half-time, sending Hearts into the break with a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Half-Time: Hearts 5-1 Dundee United

Hearts emerged from the break with the same confidence in front of goal; notching within minutes of the restart through Harry Gordon. VAR was called upon for suspected offside, and the goal was promptly chopped off.

The second-half passed without incident for a time, but two quickfire goals in the final ten minutes signed off the points for the Wee Jambos. 

Fine work by McLuckie down the left allowed Mackenzie Ross to bag the sixth goal, whilst the left-back got his second of the evening three minutes later with a cute finish at the back post.

A fine win for Hearts; who now look forward to welcoming Motherwell to Oriam on Friday,

Hearts: McFarlane, Friel, Aitken, Flatman, Tait (Chisholm 70'), Kirk, Sandilands (Wilson 82'), Forrester, Ross, McLuckie, Gordon (Simpson 61')

Subs: Paris, Chisholm, Anderson, Simpson, Nair, Wilson, Plesiewicz