BUCHANHAVEN Hearts travelled to Keith to take on Islavale in a prelim Regional Cup tie at the weekend.
They started off the brighter of the two sides and took the game to Islavale at every opportunity. Duncan was unlucky when he ran at the Vale defence and Moir turned his shot behind for a corner. Stainton took the corner and Clark just headed over.
Hearts won a free kick 20 yards out and Ryan Duncan pulled off another good block from Moir. Hearts won a penalty when Glendinning forced his way into the box and was clipped from behind. Ryan Duncan shot home from the spot to put Hearts 1-0 ahead.
Cowie nearly equalised when he got through but Forbes pulled off a great save to deny him. Hearts were reduced to ten men when Findlay was sent off for gesturing to the crowd. Islavale had a lot of pressure before half time but the Hearts defence stood firm.
Hearts’ ten men started the second half better and should have doubled their advantage when Geddes beat two men then passed to the on-rushing Stainton who should have scored but shot wide. Islavale won a few corners but Forbes punched clear to avert the danger. Moir then pulled off another great save from a Ryan Duncan piledriver. Hart took a bad tackle from McKay who should have been sent off but the referee just produced a yellow card.
Hart then broke into the box and was hauled down by Moir and a penalty was given, but Ryan Duncan shot wide from the spot. Islavale were restricted to long range efforts whch did not bother Forbes.
Hearts Ryan Duncan broke down the right, beat two men and dispatched a shot past Moir to put Hearts 2-0 up in 88 minutes. They saw out the game comfortably.
This was a sterling performance by Hearts, especially after Craig Findlay was harshly sent off. There were no failures and they thoroughly deserved to go through to the next round.
The next game is away to Burghead Thistle (kick-off 2.30pm).