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Hearts met Celtic in the tie of round 3 in the SFA Youth Cup. The game was played under the lights at Tynecastle only hours after Hearts senior side had beaten Motherwell in the SPL. The sides only a week ago had played out a goalless draw in a league game so a tight affair was anticipated.
The game started off with both sides trying to get the ball down and pass it but in the opening stages the sides cancelled each other out as they denied each other any space in which to play. A Celtic corner which was right on top of Jack Hamilton by Joseph Chalmers was the closest we came to a chance in the opening stages but as the game progressed Hearts began to dominate and created two chances in quick succession as first Jamie Walker then Dale Carrick, both whom have featured for the Hearts first team this season, brought the best out of Celtic 'keeper Glenn Daniels.
Celtic despite having significant possession were struggling to create a real chance in the first half, although at one stage Lewis Kidd did get in on goal only to be denied by the linesman's flag.
Hearts play was focussing on getting Jason Holt, the recently capped Scotland U21 midfielder, on the ball in advanced areas to support Dale Carrick who played the lone strikers role for the wee Jambos and Holt along with Billy King and Jamie Walker were causing Celtic problems as Hearts had the better of the first half.
It was right on the stroke of half time that Hearts grabbed a deserved lead. Jamie Walker's cross from the left was headed home by Dale Carrick who gave Daniels in the Celtic goal little chance.
Half Time: Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Celtic FC
At the interval Celtic made two changes in a bid to turn their fortunes. Jamie Lindsay and Denny Johnstone on to replace Michael Miller and Patrick McNally. The changes seemed to breathe some life into Celtic who started the second half knowing they had to up their game.
John Herron was in on goal for the young Celtic side but was denied by Jack Hamilton. Hamilton had to race off his line. Denny Johnstone then had a glimpse of goal for Celtic after good play by his teammates set the young striker up but Johnstone's shot was saved by Hamilton. Hearts
Just as you thought Hearts had managed to ride the Celtic storm and a moment of brilliance changed the course of the game. A ball in from wide found Bahrudin Atajic who somehow got up and scissor kicked the ball beyond Hamilton into the top corner. It really was an incredible goal and one which would inspire Celtic to go on and win the game.
Hearts were now struggling to maintain any sort of possession and soon Celtic had the lead. It was again great play by Celtic and this time it was half time substitute Jamie Lindsay who reaped the rewards. A series of passes at the edge of the area culminated in a pass through to Lindsay who made no mistake in beating Hamilton who had no chance.
Hearts tried to come back at Celtic but struggled to really create another chance. The employed defender Brad McKay as a centre forward in the dying minutes but Celtic held on to the ball really well and seen the tie out comfortably.
Celtic will now progress into the next round in confident mood and will be the favourites to go on and win the competition.
Full Time: Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic FC