Hearts U20s ran out 3-1 winners over Inverness CT U20s this afternoon at Riccarton.
Lewis Moore’s second-half hat-trick was enough to give the Wee Jambos all three points in the Development League encounter, with Mitchell Foy grabbing a late consolation for the visitors.
Hearts controlled proceedings from the off and Moore was in the thick of the action in the opening ten minutes, firing over from both close range and distance.
Callumn Morrison forced Caley ‘keeper Daniel Hoban into a decent save on ten minutes, tipping the ball over after the midfielder had whipped in a ferocious cross that looked to be dipping in under the crossbar.
Rory Currie and Ally Roy both failed to hit the target as the first-half progressed before ICT carved out a chance for themselves just after the half-hour mark, but Foy dragged wide from the edge of the six-yard box.
Hoban pulled off a great diving save to deny Roy from 18-yards, then Angus Beith skipped past three Caley players before his effort cleared the crossbar.
Seven minutes into the restart Currie shot straight at Hoban as the Wee Jambos searched for that elusive opening goal.
The deadlock was broken moments later when a high ball into the ICT box found Moore, and the winger slammed home from close range.
It was 2-0 after 70 minutes. Substitute Kyle Smith headed Morrison’s cross back into the box for Moore to nip in and slot under Hoban.
Six minutes later it was game, set and match when Cameron Gilchrist bundled over Euan Henderson inside the box, and Moore stepped up to send the ‘keeper the wrong way and bag his hat-trick.
ICT pulled one back with eight minutes remaining when Kelby Mason stopped Chris Hamilton’s header from going out of play, only for Andrew Macrae to win possession and feed Foy at the edge of the box, and the striker placed his shot high into the roof of the empty net.
A fantastic double save from Hoban - denying Currie and Henderson - prevented Hearts from adding to their tally but the Wee Jambos will feel content with a final scoreline that matched a dominant performance.