Reserves

U20s: Hearts 10-0 Annan Athletic

23rd October 2016

Wee Jambos run riot at Tynecastle with 10-0 win over Annan.

Hearts marched through to the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup with a comprehensive 10-0 win over Annan Athletic.

The Wee Jambos ran riot at Tynecastle with a dominant second-half performance which saw them score an incredible nine times.

Hearts started on the front foot and enjoyed space down the right, which Morrison exploited on several occasions. Two crosses in the first six minutes saw Rory Currie and Ally Roy go close to connecting in the six-yard box.

The visitors should’ve taken the lead on ten minutes however, when Connor Liddell’s free-kick into the six-yard box saw the unmarked Premyslaw Dachnowicz in acres of space, but he could only lift over the bar.

Seven minutes later Annan passed up another golden opportunity. Kyle Smith was robbed of possession by Adam Stoddart who ran through on goal, only to place the ball wide of Kelby Mason’s left-hand post.

Another Morrison cross saw Harry Paton fail to get enough contact to knock the ball into the net, then Andy Irving blasted over from 18-yards moments later.

The deadlock was nearly broken in the 28th minute when Currie skipped past his man at the edge of the box to go clean through, but he missed the target, placing inches wide of Matthew Wilson’s left-hand post.

Two minutes later the breakthrough was made. Roy tore down the left to send a ball over to the back door and Morrison connected with a diving header to give Hearts the lead.

It was nearly 2-0 on 33 minutes. Paton threaded through Roy, who accelerated into the box and smashed an effort off the crossbar.

The Wee Jambos started the second-half with a bang, doubling their lead after 47 minutes. Currie latched onto a loose ball and took it around the ‘keeper, skipping away from two defenders, before tapping home.

Five minutes later it was 3-0. Morrison continued to terrorise down the right and he sent over a ball for the unmarked Irving to poke into the net from six-yards out.

Hearts put the game to bed on the hour mark, bagging their fourth of the game. A mix up in the Annan defence saw Roy pounce on a loose ball and he calmly rolled it into the empty net.

It then became a rout with Currie scoring his second of the game three minutes later. He was played in by Irving and drove into the box before drilling low beyond Wilson into the bottom left corner.

Roy then grabbed his second and third goals in the space of two minutes. He capatalised on a stray back backpass to shoot low into the right corner. Then he got on the end of Morrison pass inside the box and slammed high into the roof of the net.

Currie hit the post before sub ‘keeper Alistair Ferguson pulled off a string of good saves from Roy and Irving, but in the 84th minute he could only block Currie’s shot into the path of substitute Leonard who tapped it into the net.

It was 9-0 with four minutes remaining. Morrison nipped in ahead of the ‘keeper to get on the end of Roy’s path and he nodded in his second goal of the game.

With one minute remaining Hearts hit double figures. Irving’s cross from the left was met by Petkov, who stooped to head into the net.

Hearts: Mason, Brandon (Sandison, 71'), Reid, Jones (Hamilton, 77'), K. Smith, Petkov, Morrison, Paton (Leonard, 61'), Currie, Irving, Roy. Subs: Ritchie, C. Smith.

Annan: Wilson, Jeffrey, O’Sullivan, Butler, Gibson, Brown, Liddell, Norman, Dachnowicz, Stoddart, Bradbury. Subs: Ferguson, Emerson, Walker.

Referee: Iain Sneddon