A young Hearts XI were edged out 2-1 by Whitehill Welfare on Saturday.
Andy Kirk’s side managed to get back on level terms before the stroke of half time but conceded the winner four minutes after the restart.
The two sides met at Ferguson Park in a fundraising match, with Whitehill aiming to install floodlights in order to maintain their Scottish FA licence.
Whitehill had a goal disallowed following a foul on goalkeeper Harry Stone, then Euan Henderson passed up a great chance when one-on-one with James McWueen.
The hosts took the lead midway through the first half when Keith Lough scored from a free-kick outside of the box.
Henderson went close again, hitting the top of the crossbar, before the Wee Jambos restored parity just before half time through Aidan Denholm, who stabbed the ball over the line before goalkeeper McQueen could get to it.
With 48 minutes gone the home side bagged what proved to be the winner, and it was via another set piece, with Lough again striking – this time off the underside of the bar and in.
Hearts had the bulk of the possession from thereon in, with McQueen pulling off a fine save from Jay Charleston-King, but Kirk’s side couldn’t find the elusive equaliser.
Hearts: Stone, Darge, Baur, Hamilton, Leddie, Ritchie, Logan, Denholm, Makovora, Henderson, Watson. Subs: Ward, Charleston-King, Docherty, Somers, Ramos.
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