Jack Ross has told his young players to savour that winning feeling after his U20s side clinched a dramatic 3-2 Wee Derby victory against Hibs last night.
On a night where Osman Sow made his comeback from injury, the Wee Jambos took an early lead through James Keatings, only to fall behind in the second-half after Lewis Allan and Connor Duthie strikes.
However, birthday boy Keatings stepped up to slam home a Hartley-esque free-kick before Brad McKay won a last minute penalty, which he stepped up to send the ‘keeper the wrong way and secure all three points.
Speaking to Hearts News at the end of a frantic match at Ainslie Park, Player Development Manager jack said: “The game had pretty much everything. It’s like a lot of these Development League matches; at times they’re entertaining because they don’t follow the normal pattern of the first-team games. There’s never really one team who has significant control of the match.
“For us, we’ve conceded late goals in the Development League this season so for our younger players it’s nice for them to enjoy the feeling of winning the game in the last minute.
“I said to them after that game, that in football you have to ensure that that feeling when you lose a late goal is one that you don’t want often and equally, to enjoy the taste of winning you have to want more of it. Hopefully they can take that from tonight.
“I thought we were better in the second-half, whereas we struggled a bit more in the first although we were ahead at half-time. It’s pleasing that they showed character.
“We had boys who haven’t played a lot of football recently because of games called off.
“Jake Hutchings played his first game for the club and he’s not played a lot of football recently because of his shoulder injury.
“There were a number of boys who were running on empty towards the end of the game but they showed good character and they enjoyed winning it in the last minute.”
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