BUCHANHAVEN Hearts took on New Elgin in the first game of the new season in a First Division encounter.
Raemoss Park was in great condition as New Elgin started the better side with Bennett saving well from a shot from Wilson which he tipped over the bar.
New Elgin again came close when Hearts couldn’t get the ball clear and Lister just missed at the back post, Hearts did come into the game and an Alan Donaldson corner gave McKnocketer a challenge with Clark and Bruce pressing but they managed to clear the ball, then Doug Stuart lobbed the ball over Sim’s head and volleyed just over the bar.
Hearts’ Steven Powell suffered a bad knock after a poor tackle from Stuart & couldn’t continue and was replaced by McLeod.
Dane Ballard then just shot past McKnockters post as half time came.
Hearts started the second half slowly and poorly and Bennett yet again saved well from Wilson.
New Elgin won a penalty when a through ball saw Clark harshly adjudged to have taken down Shanks but the referee deemed him also to be the last man and sent him off,
Turner then failed to score from the spot with Bennett saving his effort.
Hearts found it tough against the extra man and New Elgin took the lead when Burgess burst through and his cutback found Lister who scored from six yards.
Ballard then beat McKenzie down the left but decided to cross and the chance was gone.
New Elgin were awarded a second penalty when Donaldson took down Burgess and Sim scored to put New Elgin 0-2 ahead.
Hearts tried to get back into the game and McNeil beat his man easily down the right but his cross was cleared as Ballard waited to pounce.
Hearts took on Cunnigham and Watson and a scramble in the box saw Bruce just fail to score.
New Elgin made it 3-0 when Wilson made room and shot past Bennett who was slightly unsighted and couldn’t keep the ball out with just two minutes left.
This was a disappointing first game for Hearts as they were well in for the duration of the match but going down to ten men early into the second half cost them dearly
Hopefully improved performances will come as they have two tough games ahead.
Their next game is away to Fraserburgh Utd in a Grill Cup encounter tonight (Tuesday) with the kick-off at 7pm then that game is followed with another away fixture against Maud in the Grill Cup on Friday also with the kick-off at 7pm.
Hearts have expressed thanks to Alan Harris of Peterhead Blinds Company who sponsored the match and they chose Lee Shanks of New Elgin for the man of the match award.
This sponsor was very much appreciated and great hospitality was had by all those who attended.