Heart of Midlothian Under 19s vs St Johnstone FC Under 19s
Clydesdale Bank U19 League
Author: Ross Anderson
Top of the table Hearts failed to extend their lead as they went down to a stubborn St Johnstone side at Riccarton. Playing on the first team training pitch, and under the eye of Paulo Sergio, the young Jambos failed to turn possession into chances and were punished at Saints striker Chris Kane scored a goal in either half to secure the win, despite a late goal from Kevin McHattie.
Hearts started slightly the better side, controlling things in Midfield and creating a few half-chances which the St Johnstone defence managed to snuff out. St Johnstone took the lead after 17 minutes when Kane latched onto a ball in behind the left-side of Hearts defence and finished well across keeper Jack Hamilton from a tight angle.
Hearts controlled the rest of the half and created a few chances, with Walker, King, McHattie and Holt all going close, the latter heading straight at the keeper when he should have done better. The half-time whistle went with Saints in front - probably deserved for a organised defensive display.
The second half started evenly, with neither side really getting a grip of the game, but the men in Blue from Perth doubled their lead after 55 mins when Kane twisted and turned past the Hearts defenders before firing low past Hamilton.
Hearts failed to really respond, despite making 2 substitutions and the game looked to be heading for a comfortable St Johnstone win when Hearts won a penalty after 81 mins. McHattie stormed forward and was brought down in the box, with the defender himself stepping up to take the spot-kick. The keeper made a good save low to his right, but McHattie slammed home the rebound.
Hearts had a couple of half-chances through McKay and Holt, but in truth didn't look like breaking down the St Johnstone rearguard and the Saints will be delighted to record a victory over the league leaders.
Full Time: Heart of Midlothian Under 19s 1-2 St Johnstone FC Under 19s