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Hibs seal Development League title as Hearts down Dundee

Dundee FC 2

Wighton 7, Scott 53

Hearts FC 4

Currie 44, L. Moore 55, Keena 65, C. Smith 75
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018
  • Links Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Hibernian were crowned Development League champions as Edinburgh neighbours Hearts beat Dundee 4-2. Hibs' win over Aberdeen earlier in the day left the young Dees with no margin for error, but they couldn’t take the title race into the final week of the season despite leading twice through Craig Wighton and Cedwyn Scott.

After sustained early pressure, Dundee broke the deadlock after seven minutes when Craig Wighton fired home from a well worked corner.

Euan Henderson had Hearts first chance of the match but lashed a shot over from 15 yards. Lewis Moore tried his luck from distance but dragged his shot wide.

Henderson did well to hold off Kerr Waddell before squaring the ball to Rory Currie, but Jesse Curran managed to deny him a shot at goal. At the other end, Cedwyn Scott flicked a Jack Lambert free kick towards goal, but was denied by the post.

Currie brought Hearts level on the stroke of half time with a cross-cum-shot from the right that looped over Kyle Gourlay and found the net via the post.

  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-1
  • Hearts FC

Wighton had Dundee's first chance of the second half, but was denied by Kelby Mason after dancing into the box.

The keeper could do nothing after 53 minutes when Scott met Curran's low ball and restored Dundee's advantage.

Dundee's lead would prove to be short lived as Lewis Moore raced through on goal and calmly lifted the ball over Gourlay.

Hearts went ahead after 65 minutes thanks to substitute Aidan Keena. He was sent through on goal and made no mistake with the finish.

Randy Wolters was dismissed for dissent. Scott latched onto a long ball from Jefferies but didn't trouble Mason with his effort. Scott teed up Max Anderson, but his shot deflected onto the roof of the net.

Connor Smith added Hearts fourth with 15 minutes remaining. The substitute jinked on it the box and fired past Gourlay from 15 yards.

Henderson nearly made it five when Keena cut the ball back to him, but he scuffed his shot into the arms of Gourlay, meaning the young Dees have to settle for a second place finish this season.

  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 2-4
  • Hearts FC

Lineups

Dundee FC
Hearts FC
1. Kyle Gourlay
2. Jesse Curran
3. Brian Rice
4. Julen Etxabeguren
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Jordan Piggott
7. Jack Lambert
8. Callum Moore
9. Cedwyn Scott
10. Craig Wighton
11. Randy Wolters
12. Calum Ferrie
14. Matty Henvey
15. Max Anderson
16. John Smith
19. Dan Jefferies
1. Kelby Mason
2. Jay Sadison
3. Rico Quitongo
4. Christopher Hamilton
5. Daniel Baur
6. Alex Petkov
7. Anthony McDonald
8. Andrew Irving
9. Euan Henderson
10. Rory Currie
11. Lewis Moore
12. Aidan Keena
13. Paul Gallacher
14. Connor Smith
15. Dean Ritchie
16. Cameron Logan
17.
Star Player
Dundee FC
Hearts FC
Jesse Curran - The Dundee wingback was full of running, making some important tackles and setting up Scott's goal.
Lewis Moore - Caused lots of problems for the Dundee defence with his direct running and took his goal well.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Hearts FC
Wighton's Goal - A simple finish for the forward after a well worked corner.
Moore's Goal - A super pass to release the winger and the coolest of finishes to tie the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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