Hearts 1 Rangers 0
Hearts kept their slim league hopes alive by edging out Rangers at Riccarton this afternoon. It was a game of few chances with the home side having the bulk of the pressure.
Almost half an hour had gone before we saw the first real chance of the game, David Smith released Kevin McHattie on the left And when his cross was headed up into the air by Chris Hegarty, Robert Ogilby challenged Wayne Drummond and the ball broke to Jordan Morton who volleyed over,
A minute later at the other end Kane Hemmings out muscled Jamie McCormack and just when it looked like he would get a shot on target McHattie cleared for a corner.
Half-Time:- Hearts o Rangers o
With an eye on Wednesday’s Youth Cup Final Rangers made two half-time substitutions, with Christiano Kisuka and Anthony Marenghi replacing, Kane Hemmings and Kal Naismith. Eight minutes after the break Drummond came to Rangers rescue, Smith sent Ogilby clear with the Rangers keeper coming off his line to block.
What proved to be the only goal of the game came on the hour mark, Fraser Mullen’s cross from the left was knocked back across goal by Callum Patterson and Colin Hamilton was on hand to shoot past Drummond. Rangers missed a great chance to grab an equaliser three minutes from time, Marenghi’s corner from the right broke to Kyle McAusland four yards from goal but he missed kicked right in front of goal.
Full-Time:- Hearts 1 Rangers 0
Hearts:- Jack Hamilton; Fraser Mullen, Jamie McCormack, Colin Hamilton, Kevin McHattie; Jordan Morton, Chris Kane (Chris Tobin 58mins), Denis Prychnenko (Callum Patterson 31mins), Jason Holt, David Smith; Robert Ogilby (Billy King 87mins)
Not Used:- Connor Fairley (GK)
Rangers:- Wayne Drummond; Ewan McNeil, Chris Hegarty, Kyle McAusland, Robbie McIntyre; Robbie Crawford, Gregor Fotheringham, Adam Hunter, Rhys McCabe (Andy Mitchell 71mins), Kal Naismith (Anthony Marenghi 46mins); Kane Hemmings (Christiano Kisuka 46mins).
Not Used:- Gary Inglis (GK), Kamil Wiktorski, Steven Hetherington, Marc Dyer