A young Hearts U20s defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle U20s 1-0 in this afternoon’s Development League encounter at Riccarton.
Ally Roy’s second-half strike earned the Wee Jambos all three points, as they put in an impressive performance against more experienced opposition.
Jon Daly’s side featured no overage players, aside from goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
Both ‘keepers were called into action within the first 20 minutes. Hamilton pounced on a curling effort from Caley’s Andrew Macrae, before Daniel Hoban did well to block Ian Smith’s low effort at the other end.
Liam Henderson made a crucial tackle at the edge of the box in the 25th minute, following Hamilton’s brave save, and three minutes later Hoban denied a long-range Ian Smith drive.
Callumn Morrison’s early second-half strike landed inches wide of the right-hand post, before a brace of Hoban saves from Roy and Angus Beith kept the score at 0-0.
The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute however after a through ball saw Dale Baxter spring the offside trap to cutback for Roy, who slammed home from inside the six-yard box.
The impressive Morrison showed some neat skill to turn at the edge of the box and fire a shot on target in the 84th minute, but Hoban was on fine form and denied the Hearts winger.
The visitors failed to produce a comeback, and the Wee Jambos held on for a fine victory.
Picture courtesy of Malcolm McKenzie - Youth Football Scotland