Wee Jambos' Celtic triumph

16th April 2014

Coach Robbie delighted with players' performances as title-chasing Celts put to sword at Newtongrange.

Hearts U20s maintained their recent fine form with an impressive 2-1 victory over Celtic at New Victoria Park.

Robbie Neilson made five changes from the team which defeated Kilmarnock at the weekend to make it into the final of the SFA Youth Cup. However, Hearts were still too good for the Celts who had a host of internationalists in their line-up.

It was an outstanding performance from the Wee Jambos, with Jamie Walker proving the match-winner with goals in either half.

His first came from 16 yards out just after the half-hour mark after being set up by Gary Oliver and the pair combined again in the 64th minute with Walker again applying an excellent finish from a similar distance.

"I was really pleased with the boys," said Robbie. "I think getting into the final has given them the impetus to do well as they all want to get into that team.

"The guys looked fit and strong and you could tell that all the fitness work they have been doing is paying off.

"Celtic were going for the league title so we knew they would come at us but we stood up to the challenge well and I was delighted for them."

Wide man Jamie was given another run out as he continues to build his match fitness following a prolonged period on the first-team sidelines and Robbie was extremely pleased with his contribution.

"He worked hard and was a great help to the younger lads," he said. "He also has the technical ability to score goals when given the opportunity."

Hearts U20s: Ridgers, Smith, Gordon, McGhee, Ford, Simpson, Scott, Beith, Walker, Buchanan, Oliver. Subs not used: Sneddon, McKirdy, Craigie.