Heart of Midlothian v Alloa Athletic

3 - 0
Full Time

KO KO 6 24 34 37 45 69 70 71 72 72 81 81 89 FT

Report

Alloa have never beaten Hearts in a competitive fixture but they have regularly made an awkward game for Robbie Neilson’s sides in recent years. Both teams looking to bounce back from disappointing results at the weekend with Hearts losing to league leaders Dunfermline and Alloa losing to what looks like near rivals this season Queen of the South.

Unfortunately for Alloa on the night they were quickly punished. 3 Alloa players draw to Roberts’ shot. 1 lucky rebound and Halliday in acres of space. He dinked the cross over Naismith but Michael Smith who was charging into the space vacated at the back post drilled home past helpless Parry to make it 1-0.

Halliday threatened himself soon after but smashed his effort over the bar. On 24 minutes, he would make no mistake. Alloa having opened themselves up once more left Hearts and Halliday with a gaping hole to roll him in and he slotted past the goalkeeper to double the ‘Jam Tart’s’ lead.

A third through the game and Alloa had a strong shout for a penalty denied as Berra tripped Thomson as a deep freekick was floated in. Officials ignored the contact but almost a free way back into the game for the Wasps.

Alloa were caught again soon after in transition from a corner. With Grant getting sucked out to the touchline and Thomson and Trouten left on defensive duties Walker breezed in behind to cut back to Haring. His first time effort sealed the victory after only 37 minutes.

In the second half there was a competitive nature to Alloa. Innes Murray with a low daisy cutter grabbing a rare shot on target. The damage had been done in the first half and the second was a routine and fairly drab affair. Boyce did make the highlight reel after winning a penalty with the one time Hearts opened up Alloa in the second half. He poorly executed his effort from the spot with Parry saving low to his right but was given a reprieve as the Alloa goalkeeper came off his line. With the second attempt, he opted for power. Drilling it almost centrally at Parry’s goal. The power was a bit too much and he smashed the crossbar with the ball ricocheting high into the stand behind.

Alloa didn’t crumble in the second half and kept it competitive but they’ll need to find some guile up front and some defensive solidity to meet Hearts in the Betfred Cup on Saturday with any hope of progressing.

Highlights

Heart of Midlothian

1Craig Gordon Goalkeeper
2Michael Smith Defender 6'
6Christophe Berra Defender
26Craig Halkett Defender
5Peter Haring Midfielder 37'
7Jamie Walker Midfielder
10Liam Boyce Forward
11Jordan Roberts Midfielder
14Steven Naismith Midfielder
16Andy Halliday 8 Midfielder 24'
21Stephen Kingsley Defender
13Ross Stewart Goalkeeper
3Aidy White Defender
8Olly Lee 16 Midfielder 81'
15Craig Wighton Forward
28Mihai Popescu Defender
31Euan Henderson Forward
36Scott McGill Midfielder

Alloa Athletic

1Neil Parry Goalkeeper
2Scott Taggart Defender 70'
3Liam Dick Defender
5Andy Graham Defender 34'
6Steven Hetherington Midfielder
22Ray Grant Midfielder 89'
7Kevin Cawley 12 Midfielder 69'
10Alan Trouten Midfielder
8Jon Robertson Midfielder 71'
23Innes Murray 17 Midfielder
19Robert Thomson 9 Forward
9Liam Buchanan 19 Forward
12Stefan Scougall 7 Midfielder
14Adam Brown Midfielder
15Nicky Jamieson Defender
17Lee Connelly 23 Forward
24Lucas Williamson Midfielder

Ground

Tynecastle Park
Tynecastle, Gorgie/Dalry, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, EH11 2NP, United Kingdom