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.