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Hearts defeat Inverness to progress to the next round of The Youth Cup

Heart of Midlothian 4

Zanatta 32', Buchanan 39' 80', Zanatta 42'

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2

MacRae 43', Sutherland 47'
  • Sunday, 13 December 2015
  • Tynecastle
  • Under 20´s
  • Little Big Shot Youth Cup

Luke Barry | YFS South East Region Reporter
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In this Little Big Shot Youth Cup 4th Round tie on a typically bitter December afternoon, Heart of Midlothian U20s faced Inverness Caledonian Thistle U20s at Tynecastle.
Inverness got proceedings underway, in what turned out to be a fairly uneventful opening 10 minutes. Chances were at a premium, with the first shot coming 6 minutes in. Both teams looked to ease their way into the match as they both had good spells of possession each.
The first good chance of the game came Hearts’ way in the 15th minute, as Dario Zanatta cut in from the left wing and took a shot which was saved by Cammy MacKay in the Inverness nets. Liam Smith took the rebound but it was too high to trouble the Inverness keeper.
From then on in the pace and the tempo of the game started to increase.
In the 21st minute Inverness’ #9 Andrew MacRae darted past defenders through the middle of the park, but couldn’t get his shot away. A few minutes later Angus Beith had a splendid effort on goal for Hearts, which was powerful and dipping. MacKay managed to tip it over the bar for a Hearts corner. Hearts were starting to take control of the match.
The Hearts pressure began to yield results in the 32nd minute after Lewis Moore’s shot from the right hand of the box deflects into the path of Zanatta, who stabbed the ball into the back of the net from close range to give the hosts the lead.
Just a minute later, Hearts almost double their advantage after another great run from Zanatta down the left wing, the ball reaches Ian Smith who saw his shot blocked.
After most of the play continuing to be contested in Inverness’ half, Hearts grabbed their second of the game, this time through #10 Robbie Buchanan. Ian Smith swung the ball in from a corner for Buchanan, who volleyed home from 8 yards out in the 39th minute.
The Jambos weren’t down however, and added a third in the 42nd minute. After fantastic build up play, the ball came to Moore on the right wing who crossed the ball into the box to find the head of Zanatta who headed it low at the back post to grab his second of the game.
However, just a minute later in the 43rd minute, Inverness struck back. The visitors won a free kick on the edge of the box, which found MacRae who didn’t need an invitation to shoot. He fired the ball into the bottom left of the net, beyond Conor Easton in the Hearts goal, to pull one back for the away side.
  • Half Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • 3-1
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle
The home team got the second period underway, and there was instant drama as in the 47th minute Inverness won themselves a spot kick after Sean McKirdy brought down Ali Sutherland. Sutherland stepped up to take the penalty he won and dually placed it low and down the middle to make the score 3-2 and claw Inverness back into the match after being 3 down at one point.
The game somewhat died down and turned into more of a midfield battle as Hearts tried to kill the Inverness momentum.
Inverness came mightily close to a 55th minute equaliser, but Easton came off his line quickly to prevent Sutherland who was clean through on goal.
In the 62nd minute, Hearts striker Ian Smith got a shot away after a strong run from defence from the skipper Liam Smith, but it was comfortably saved by MacKay. That would be Ian Smith’s final action of the game, as he was replaced by Callumn Morrison, drawing applause from the home crowd.
The game started to open up a little more, with Liam Henderson and Callumn Morrison both getting shots away in the 65th and 67th minute respectively.
Down the other end, Inverness’ captain had a good effort on goal in the 69th minute from distance, but it was too high to worry the home side.
For the next 10 minutes both defences cancelled out the attacks, with Inverness looking to get more of a foothold on the game.
However, in the 80th minute all of their hard work was undone as Robbie Buchanan was brought down right on the edge of the box, to give Hearts a penalty, much to the visitors disgust.
Buchanan confidently stepped up, and fired the ball low and past Cammy MacKay to put Hearts 4-2 ahead with 10 minutes remaining.
There was a late chance for a third for Inveness in the 87th minute, after a surging run from MacRae found the skipper Brown, who took a great, powerful shot, forcing Conor Easton to tip the ball over the bar.
That pretty much concluded an entertaining affair at Tynecastle, which saw Heart of Midlothian progress to the 5th round after a complete performance. Canadian Dario Zanatta and Andrew MacRae were the most impressive players on the day, meaning they both earn my Star Player award.
  • Full Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • 4-2
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle


Heart of Midlothian
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1. Conor Easton
2. Liam Smith
3. Liam Henderson
4. Daniel Baur
5. Leon Jones
6. Sean McKirdy
7. Dario Zanatta
8. Angus Beith
9. Ian Smith
10. Robbie Buchanan
11. Lewis Moore
12. Jahmal Howlett-Mundle
13. Greg Fisher
14. Callumn Morrison
15. Dale Baxter
16. Euan Henderson
1. Cammy MacKay
2. Chris Brown
3. Calum Howarth
4. Jason Brown
5. Cameron Gilchrist
6. Stephen Rennie
7. Ali Stark
8. Struan MacArthur
9. Andrew MacRae
10. Ali Sutherland
11. Kane Hull
12. Ryan MacRitchie
14. Liam MacDonald
15. Lewis Hendry
19. Daniel Hoban
Star Player
Heart of Midlothian
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Dario Zanatta - he was constantly causing problems for the Inverness defenders on the flank, and his output was excellent, scoring 2 crucial goals that were both well taken for his team
Andrew MacRae - He looked like the most threatening player for the visitors throughout the match, with both good ball control and menacing runs that caused the Hearts defenders a bit of head scratching
Magic Moment
Heart of Midlothian
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
The second goal, which came from great link up play that sprang onto the right wing. A beautiful cross came to Zanatta who volleyed it home beyond the reach of the keeper
The first goal for the away side, which sprang from a free kick on the edge of the box. The ball drifted into the box and was well struck home by MacRae. It came just a minute after they went 3-0 down so subsequently was very important
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