Buchanhaven Hearts took on Sunnybrae in a Division 1 East fixture on a lovely afternoon at Raemoss Park.
Hearts started well and created an early chance when James Bain fired a shot just over from inside the box.
There was nothing between the sides as the game progressed. Sunnybank’s Milne tried a shot from 25 yards but was well wide. Then Michael Bruce hit the bar for Hearts and the ball was cleared.
A through-ball was missed by the Hearts defence and Darren Holt ran through to lob Grant to put Sunnybank 1-0 up.
Hearts had a great chance to make it 1-1 whenBain beat Chalmers to a through ball but Clark saved Sunnybank with his legs to block the shot.
Hearts again suffered again when Robb wasn’t closed down and he shot past Grant with a dipping shot to make it 2-0.
Hearts missed a further opportunity to get back into the game when Usher made room to put a great ball across goal but there were no takers in the six-yard box to strike when it mattered.
Hearts had it all to do in the second half and were so unlucky early on when Chalmers clearly took down James Bain in the box for a stonewall penalty.
However, the referee booked Bain for diving and it cost Hearts dearly as Sunnybank were awarded a penalty a minute later when Mizak was adjudged to have fouled McLean.
A penalty was given but Grant saved Lunan’s spot kick. Hearts then hit the bar through Bruce again, while Mizak just headed wide from a Watson corner.
Sunnybank made the game safe when they were awarded another penalty after Mizak was penalised for taken down McLean. Lunan made no mistake this time to make it 3-0.
Hearts kept on trying to the end but to no avail.
The scoreline slightly flattered Sunnybrae but the penalty decision changed the game as Herats should have been back in it.
Hearts will have another tough game on Saturday as high-flying Dyce are on G.A. Cup duty with a 2pm kick-off. Hearts would like to thank Seagate Fabrication for their sponsorship of the game which was very much appreciated.
HEARTS: Grant, McLean, Clark, Bruce, J. Bain, McLeod, J. Watson, Fraser, K. Watson, J. Bain, Usher. Subs: Mizak, Deakin, Foley, Innes.