BUCHANHAVEN Hearts travelled to Lossiemouth at the weekend to take on the local United in a First Division encounter which has proved to be a bogey ground in recent visits.
Hearts had a lot of players missing through work commitments and travelled with a bare squad.
Lossie were threatening at the start and Wilson flashed a shot passed Simpson’s goal.
Hearts got off to the worst possible start with a terrible decision by the linesmen. Stainton cleared a header from Wilson off the line and the referee played on but the linesman had his flag up and awarded the goal.
With Hearts now a goal down, Duncan came close to the equaliser but again Abolghassam gave away a needless corner and Hart cleared Ezekiel’s header off the line but the linesman yet again raised his flag to signal another goal putting Lossie 2-0 up.
Hearts then pulled a goal back when Ryan Duncan weaved his way into the box and pulled the ball back for Dane Ballard to shoot past Fraser to make it 2-1.
Again Hearts gave away another soft goal when McLeod lost the ball and a cross ball found Simpson and Abolghassam out of position and McGettrick shot home to make it 3-1.
Hearts put in a lot of pressure with Ballard shooting over from a good position. Farquhar headed a Clark header off the line and Lossie survived intense pressure and held out just before half time.
Hearts had it all to do in the second half but yet again got off to a dreadful start when Hart was adjudged to have pulled down Wilson. Mark Simpson saved Wilson’s kick and also the rebound to keep Hearts in the game.
Another controversial and pivotal decision saw Hearts have a genuine goal chalked off when Dane Ballard beat Lossie to a through ball, with two Lossie defenders both playing him clearly onside he went through and slotted the ball past Fraser but the linesman again put his flag up and the referee again took his decision and this time he didn’t allow the goal to stand.
With Hearts still aggrieved at this, Hearts didn’t clear the ball and a cross was shot home by Wilson to make it 4-1.
Cunningham replaced Stainton and Cunningham made it 4-2 when he headed home from a Steven Hart cross.
Lossie then had Peter Wilson sent off for a second bookable offence. Hearts were pushing forward at every opportunity and Fraser’s goal was leading a charmed life.
Scott McLeod made it 4-3 when he shot home from a cracker from 18 yards out, then Hart just shot wide then Fraser saved yet again from Ballard after a Sandison cut back Lossie were defending for their lives and were just glad to get the ball anywhere up field, time ran out for Hearts with Lossie just managing to hold.
This was a game in which Hearts were beaten by some absolutely bizarre and shocking decisions by the referee and the linesman which cost Hearts all three points.
Defensive lapses yet again cost Hearts with two goals which were gifted to Lossie, but Lossie were very lucky with what went on, on the park, just one of those games where Hearts were never going to win due the circumstances that were unfolding
Hearts’ next game is at home to Buckie Rovers in Division 1, with the kick-off at 2pm
HEARTS: Simpson, Clark, Donald, Abolehassam, Ritchie, Hart, Stainton, McLeod, Ballard, Duncan, Sandison. Subs: Cunningham, J. McLean, B.McLean.