Hearts U20s won yet another thriller as they twice recovered from going a goal down to win in injury time against Dundee United at Tannadice on Tuesday night.
In a five-goal second half, strikes from Scott Allardice and Matthew Smith twice had the hosts in front, but levellers from Rory Currie and Anthony McDonald had Hearts level, before Malaury Martin’s stoppage time header won it.
Andy Kirk made five changes from the side that defeated St Johnstone in stunning fashion last week, with appearances for first-team players Malaury Martin, Krystian Nowak and Jack Hamilton.
Hearts began in bright fashion, and Aidan Keena cracked a long-range shot off the bar within the first 30 seconds. Martin was dictating the play for Hearts at this point, as one would expect of a player of his experience.
Keena was looking sharp early on, and his pinpoint cross was just too far beyond Euan Henderson - fresh off his four goal haul last week - who volleyed over. Keena himself then missed a fine chance, when Martin found the striker from 5 yards out but he headed wide.
Henderson then broke through the United defence with three minutes left of the half, as his pace got him away from the home side’s back-line, but keeper Donaldson palmed his effort wide. Henderson then had the ball in the net, but his effort was flagged for offside.
United took the lead a minute after half-time. Nowak headed a ball clear but Scott Allardice hit a stunning half-volley into the ground from long-range that flew beyond Hamilton. Hearts, however, quickly levelled.
After Nowak headed down Martin’s corner, the ball broke to Currie in the box and the forward hit a lovely shot into the top corner to level proceedings. Chalmers then hit the side netting as United looked to bounce back from that.
They retook the lead on 67 minutes when Matthew Smith hit a fierce first-time volley inside the area that caught Hamilton by surprise at his near post, but again Hearts responded quickly.
Martin won the ball in midfield and played a precise slide-rule pass through to sub Anthony McDonald, who got to the ball before Donaldson to poke the ball home for the equaliser.
With the game looking like it was heading for a draw, Hearts nabbed a deserved victory. Jamie Brandon burst down the right wing and bent in a lovely cross that Martin diverted home with his head to cap a promising performance.
With that, Hearts held on to record their third win on the bounce, and propel themselves further up the SPFL Development League table.