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Jambos into the final as United are eased aside

Heart of Midlothian FC 2

Dundee United FC 0

Roy 8', Beith 71'
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2016
  • Tynecastle Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • Little Big Shot Scottish Youth FA Cup
It was a pleasant evening at Tynecastle Stadium as Hearts hosted Dundee United in the Scottish Youth Cup Semi-Final. The home side progressed as they brushed aside United by two goals to nil. A header from Alistair Roy and a penalty from Angus Beith either side of half time secured the Jambos’ passage to the final.
 
The hosts, who sit 8th in the SPFL Development League, started the better side and were ahead on eight minutes; a superb cross from Jordan McGhee was drilled high to the back post, where Alistair Roy was waiting to power his header into the near post.
 
Hearts continued to show their dominance and almost doubled their lead ten minutes later; midfielder Robbie Buchanan fired a shot towards goal but his effort struck off the bar, and as a result went over.
 
There was little action in the following minutes, with the next chance coming ten minutes before the end of the half; United’s pacey winger Justin Johnson beat his marker and played a low cross to Brad Smith, but the striker’s effort went high over the bar from inside the box.
 
Johnson was involved again and could have equalised; a neat through ball was played through but Johnson lost his footing and Hearts keeper Kelby Mason was able to collect the ball.
 
The first half was then brought to a close and Hearts had looked the better team in the first half, with 15th placed United looking dangerous on the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian FC
  • 1-0
  • Dundee United FC
The away side started the second half better as Smith’s shot from outside the box slid just past the post.
 
Johnson was causing problems in the wide area and should have done better with his chance on the hour mark; he cut inside, and fired a shot towards goal from just inside the box, but the ball ended up as a throw in to Hearts.
 
As United seemed to be pushing for the equaliser, Hearts were awarded a penalty, very much against the run of play. Striker Dario Zanatta was brought down in the box, and captain Angus Beith powerfully slotted his penalty kick into the bottom right hand corner, overpowering Ryan Booth in the United goal.
 
The second goal was a massive blow for United who seemed to be negatively affected by the penalty; Hearts began to keep possession and looked to sit on their lead.
The last chance of note came for Hearts; wide player Callumn Morrison had a goal-bound free kick saved by Booth, which would’ve killed the tie.
 
In the end, Hearts did not require the third goal and as referee Ross Anderson brought the match to a close, it was confirmed that the hosts would progress to the final of the Scottish Youth Cup.
 
The match was quite a balanced affair, but Hearts defended well and were full value for their win. The Jambos will now face Motherwell in the final, who defeated Ross County in the other semi-final. 
  • Full Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian FC
  • 2-0
  • Dundee United FC

Lineups

Heart of Midlothian FC
Dundee United FC
1. Kelby Mason
2. Leon Jones
3. Liam Henderson
4. Daniel Baur
5. Jordan McGhee
6. Angus Beith
7. Callumn Morrison
8. Robbie Buchanan
9. Alistair Roy
10. Dario Zanatta
11. Lewis Moore
12. Ian Smith
13. Greg Fisher
14. Dale Baxter
15. Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
16. Harry Cochrane
1. Ryan Booth
2. Reghan Tumilty
3. Jamie Robson
4. Cammy Balantyne
5. Harry Souttar
6. Kyle Knoyle
7. Justin Johnson
8. Scott Allardyce
9. Matty Smith
10. Brad Smith
11. Ali Coote
12. Logan Davie
13. Josh Donaldson
14. Greg McNaughton
15. Aaron Duke
16. Jordan Garden
Star Player
Heart of Midlothian FC
Dundee United FC
Jordan McGhee – Controlled the game from start to finish at the centre of defence for Hearts.
Brad Smith – Caused a few problems, and had a couple of decent attempts on goal, looked to be the one to create something for United.
Magic Moment
Heart of Midlothian FC
Dundee United FC
The first goal, a delightful ball by McGhee complimented by a strong header from Alistair Roy
One particular moment does not spring to mind however, defender Kyle Knoyle made a series of good challenges in defence, preventing Hearts from counter attacking quickly.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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