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Seventh heaven as St Mirren progress to quarter finals

St Mirren 7

Barrowman 20, Morgan 21, Brown 24, O'Keefe 49, Brown 55, Mitchell 65, Stewart 90

Heart of Midlothian 0

  • Sunday, 07 December 2014
  • St Mirren Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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St Mirren have progressed to the quarter finals of the Scottish FA Youth Cup with a 7-0 win over Heart of Midlothian on Sunday afternoon. A double from Adam Brown, as well as strikes from Lewis Morgan, Robbie Mitchell, Conor O’Keefe and Jordan Stewart saw the Buddies dump the Jambos, who had Liam Gordon sent off in the first half, out of the competition.

St Mirren, lining up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Adam Brown playing off striker Lewis McLear, were forced into an early change. Robbie Mitchell replaced Barry Cuddihy on eleven minutes, and the substitute almost made a quick impact. 

Despite the early change, it was Saints who dominated the early parts of the game and went ahead on twenty minutes. Mark Barrowman broke the deadlock with a fine goal that substitute Mitchell may have got the final touch on.

The goal was the beginning of a disastrous three minute spell where Hearts conceded a further two goals and were reduced to ten men.

First, Lewis Morgan picked the ball up on the right and curled in a delightful cross-cum-shot that soared over the helpless Robbie Brown in the Hearts goal to double the Saints advantage.

Less than two minutes later St Mirren added a third, and Hearts were reduced to ten men when Liam Gordon was dismissed for bringing down Jordan Stewart as he was about to shoot. There were little protestations as Adam Brown stepped up and cooly dispatched his spot kick, sending Brown the wrong way. 

Hearts were visibly rattled from losing Gordon and struggled to reorganise when they could feel the game slipping away from them. The only other action of the first half saw Ryan Stevenson replace Darren Whyte and Liam Henderson be cautioned by the referee for a late challenge.

  • Half Time:
  • St Mirren
  • 3-0
  • Heart of Midlothian

Four minutes after the restart, St Mirren put the result to bed with another well worked corner. Hearts goalkeeper Robbie Brown parried the ball straight to the feet of Conor O’Keefe who bundled in his first and the fourth of the game from close range. 

Then, on fifty five minutes, came the goal of the game. Adam Brown picked the ball up around 35 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable drive that flew past his namesake.

Eight minutes later, Saints added a sixth. A darting front post run from Mitchell meant the striker was on hand to grab his first of the game as Saints began to play one touch passes and express their, at times, majestic football.

Aaron Scott tried his luck with a free kick from 25 yards, but his daisycutter was easily gathered by Dan Wilks. 

Ten minutes from time came the most controversial moment of the match. Hearts felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty kick when Nathan Flanagan was upended as he prepared to pull the trigger, but referee Strang judged it to be a well timed tackle and waved play on, much to the disbelief of the Hearts bench.

Despite the result being beyond their control, Hearts continued to attack in search of a consolation and they nearly found it with three minutes remaining. Nathan Flanagan’s bursting run down the right allowed him the space to cross for Jamie Gullan, but he side footed effort went narrowly past Dan Wilks right hand post.

With time almost up, the hosts completed the rout with a seventh. A defence splitting pass by man of the match Morgan found Beattie wide on the right, and his inch perfect cross landed at the feet of Jordan Stewart to seal a memorable win and a place in the Quarter Final draw.

  • Full Time:
  • St Mirren
  • 7-0
  • Heart of Midlothian


St Mirren
Heart of Midlothian
1. Dan Wilks
2. Josh Beattie
3. Mark Barrowman
4. Barry Cuddihy
5. Mark Williams
6. Darren Whyte
7. Lewis Morgan
8. Jordan Stewart
9. Lewis McLear
10. Adam Brown
11. Conor O'Keefe
12. Robbie Mitchell
14. Jack Baird
15. Stephen Mallen
16. Andy McDonald
20. Mark Fodden
1. Robbie Brown
2. Liam Gordon
3. Liam Henderson
4. Jordan McGhee
5. Greg Page
6. Sean McKirdy
7. Nathan Flanagan
8. Aaron Scott
9. Ian Smith
10. Dale Baxter
11. Alistair Roy
12. Daniel Baur
13. Kelby Mason
14. Callum Morrison
15. Ryan Stevenson
16. Jamie Gullan
Star Player
St Mirren
Heart of Midlothian
Lewis Morgan. The tricky winger was tremendous all afternoon and deserved his goal, even if he didn't mean to score!
Nathan Flanagan was Hearts' only real threat going forward on a tough day for the visitors.
Magic Moment
St Mirren
Heart of Midlothian
Adam Brown's sensational goal from 35 yards was one of many highlights for St Mirren, closely followed by the brilliant team goal right at the death.
Jamie Gullan's miss was as close as 10 man Hearts came to scoring.
Club Views
St Mirren
Heart of Midlothian
David Longwell, Youth Academy Coach at St Mirren, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the final scoreline, but we know we can improve. We didn't start as well as we wanted to, but once we got the first goal we started to dominate. We're very pleased with the goals we scored, the way we played and the effort shown by the players."
Jack Ross, Hearts U20 boss, said: "It's a bitterly disappointing defeat and it's hard to pick many positives when you're on the receiving end of that scoreline. We had a really, really young team and we have to factor in things like the sending off and a few of the injuries. We were well defeated, but hopefully, especially the younger members of the squad, we can take something from it and learn for the future,"
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