A late goal by Callumn Morrison won the points for a youthful Hearts side in their first post-winter break outing.
With the first team in action this evening, Andy Kirk fielded a young side in last night's fixture at the Superseal Stadium. Included in the line-up was new recruit Rico Quitongo, who thereby made his debut against his former club.
A quiet opening to proceedings as both sides settled was broken on the 18th minute mark when Dario Zanatta outstripped the Accies defence, but his cross was just a shade to high for Morrison, who could not direct his header on target.
Five minutes later and Hearts almost took the lead as Zanatta latched onto a huge clearance from goalkeeper Kelby Mason, but his parting shot, from just inside the box, rebounded off the crossbar.
In reply, Mason had to look lively to stop a 20 yard effort shortly before saving a heavily deflected Micke Miller shot. Zanatta then went close against as he saw a free-kick saved by the keeper.
The hosts began the second half brightly, albeit without causing Hearts too many problems. From then on in, however, Hearts dominated play. On 54 minutes, Aidan Keena saw a close range shot brilliantly saved after being played in by Zanatta. The Accies goalkeeper then made a fine double save shortly after, first from a Zanatta effort and then from the Morrison rebound.
It was one way traffic at this point and Hearts eventually made the breakthrough just on full-time. Morrison latched onto the ball some 14 yards from goal and rifled home a left-footed shot. It was a fully deserved goal for the Wee Jambos.
Hearts: Mason, Godinho, Quitongo, C.Hamilton, Paton (C.Smith ’67), Baur, Morrison (Logan ’92), Ritchie, Keena, Zanatta, Henderson (Ward ’86). Subs not used: W.Gajda, B.Gajda, Grigor.
Report by Bill Smith