Hearts fightback to take points

BUCHANHAVEN Hearts travelled to Hillhead to take on Bridge of Don Thistle in a Division 1 match at the weekend, looking for three points to give them a boost before the Scottish Cup tie at Johnston Burgh on Saturday.

Hearts should have gone ahead early on, but a horrendous mistake by the referee saw Burnett’s goal disallowed.

The ref disallowed another goal when Ballard turned Carrol and squared the ball to Watson who tapped it home but he was ruled offside.

Bennett saved a shot from Fletcher as Bridge of Don barely threatened.

McLeod replaced Ritchie who had got a bad gash to his knee and Hearts again had another goal disallowed when Leslie’s cross found Burnett who past Poupard, but again the ref ruled it offside. Bridge of Don took the lead against the run of play when Moorhouse scored with a shot from the edge of the box.

It got worse for Hearts early in the second half when a corner from Cuthbert eluded the defence and Donaldson headed home to make it 2-0. Ballard again pulled out the best of Poupard who saved well then Hearts conceded a third goal when a throw-in from the right wasn’t cleared and Fletcher scuffed the ball past Bennett with Cunningham desperately attempting to clear it failed.

Hearts and the management team were shell-shocked at what was happening, but Hearts who were playing good attacking football continued to attack & made it 3-1 when McLeod played in Leslie out on the wing and his pinpoint cross was met by the on-rushing Ballard who smashed the ball past Poupard on the volley. Hearts then made it 3-2 when a Keith free kick was knocked on by Cunningham and Kieran Forbes headed passed Poupard.

It was all Hearts and it was no surprise when Dane Ballard got the equaliser when he shot home a loose ball after a corner. It was an amazing comeback especially after all the decisions going against and it got even better when a long kick-out from Bennett eluded the Bridge of Don defence and Burnett pounced to head past the advancing Poupard to make 3-4.

Hearts continued to press for more goals and were playing some great football with Watson and Leslie being almost unplayable on the wings and McLeod battling hard in the middle of the park.

This was an amazing comeback from Hearts who looked down and out after 53 minutes and they deserved the win.

The next game is away to Johnstone Burgh FC in a Scottish Cup third round encounter on Saturday with a 1.45pm kick-off.

HEARTS: Bennett, Keith, L. Brown, Cunningham, Fraser, Ritchie, Leslie, Forbes, Ballard, Watson, Burnett. Subs: McLeod, Duncan, Clark, McLean.