Football Academy

Wee Jambos return from Sheffield Trophy

5th August 2019

Hearts' under-14s finished their Sheffield Trophy experience with a win after a tough weekend.

It was the first time Hearts have travelled to Hallam University for the Sheffield Trophy, although the under-14 squad have played in Dublin, Newcastle, Liverpool and Annan before.

The team, led by Academy coach Darren Wilson, travelled down on Friday and got straight off the coach and into their first game against Seattle Sounders.

After the five-hour commute, the boys faced a tough test against the physical Americans and lost narrowly 1-0 in the first game of the round-robin stage.

On Saturday, they played the rest of those fixtures - against Maiden City and Sheffield United.

First up was Maiden City, hailing from Londonderry, and what a game it was! The Jambos fought back from 2-0 down to level the score at 3-3, with a double from Momo Sambou and one from Max Lovie. Unfortunately it wasn't to be Hearts, who conceded late on and ended up losing 4-3.

Next up were the hosts, Sheffield United, and they proved hard opposition on home soil. After chances from Lennon Muir and Bobby McLuckie, Hearts took the lead through an excellent Mackenzie Ross finish. However, the Blades got one before half-time and went on to win 3-1.

The Jambos faced a play-off with Celtic to see if they would play in the Plate or Cup. Mackenzie Ross was on hand again to score from the penalty spot and despite creating many more chances, Celtic fought back to win 4-1.

Now playing in the Plate, the boys faced Maiden City for the second time in the tournament and unfortunately had two goals from Max Lovie ruled out for offside. Mackenzie Ross scored again, but the Jambos lost 2-1.

The wee Jambos then faced Doncaster Rovers in the third-place play-off for the Plate and thankfully they ended on a high.

By the end of the first-half, the kids were 4-0 up through goals from Lovie, McLuckie, Murray and Simpson. Six changes were made at half-time, but it made no difference to the goalscoring form. The Jambos scored another four, this time through Drysdale, Sambou, Howe and Smith to finish up 8-0 winners. 

After the tournament, Darren Wilson said: "The Sheffield Trophy, and organisation, was exceptional with many learning experiences for the players in competitive football.

"The players showed excellent, intricate play in and around the box with some excellent goals.

"We'll learn game management and managing pressure situations especially when we’re leading is an area of development.

"I’m so proud of the boys' resilience and determination to test themselves against stronger physical players and they will all go home gaining the development from the experience."