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.