Scottish League Cup - First Round
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League Cup: Hearts come from behind to beat Arbroath

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland

Three goals inside four minutes saw Hearts come from behind to progress to the second round of the Scottish League Cup at Arbroath's expense.

The League Two outfit took the lead in an entertaining tie at Tynecastle through David Gold's first-half strike.

Jordan McGhee pulled one back before an Osman Sow double, including a penalty, saw Hearts take control.

Martin Grehan pulled one back late on but the two-goal lead was restored through a Craig Wilson own goal.

Hearts were initially sluggish and their play ponderous. That was exacerbated by the work rate and endeavour of Arbroath, who refused to be timid opponents.

The Edinburgh side's attacks in the opening half tended to lack penetration, although Sam Nicholson would have scored if he'd made cleaner contact after being played through by Alim Ozturk. Instead, his bundled shot bounced wide.

The mood at Tynecastle was subdued - apart from a small but boisterous group of away fans - and Abroath must have sensed that an opportunity lay in the lack of edge to the contest.

They certainly mustered their own sprightliness as Sergio Alvarez cleverly smuggled the ball through to Gold, who calmly shot beyond the Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

The home side were roused by the setback. Calum Paterson headed against the face of the crossbar from a corner just before half-time, then Ozturk's shot from the rebound was blocked.

Sow fires home from the spot
The League Cup tie at Tynecastle yielded six goals

The interval provided a chance for the home side to regroup, but urgency was initially missing from their play after the break.

That was almost calamitous, since McGhee and Ozturk - a partnership that had shaky moments throughout - misjudged a free-kick allowing the ball to drop to Lewis Coult, who wastefully shot wide.

The centre-backs redeemed themselves by combining for the equaliser when McGhee slid in to convert Ozturk's near-post cross.

Moments later, Nicholson jinked into the penalty area and Sow converted his cutback. When Nicholson next ran into the box, he created enough anxiety to draw a foul from Craig Wilson, with Sow converting the penalty.

Hearts had found their authority, but complacency was still capable of undermining them. Hamilton had to be agile and alert to push Bobby Linn's free-kick onto the post; Gold should have converted the rebound instead of lifting the ball over from close range.

Grehan's far-post finish from a deep cross came too late to launch a comeback, and Hearts' ended the game with a final attack that caused Wilson to bundle the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson: "We were disappointed; the first half was not acceptable. I think the players thought they were going to cruise to a result, but it was a bit of a wake-up call for all of us.

"We need to do far better than we did. I thought we passed the ball for the first 10 minutes then went flat. I think they viewed it as a pre-season game but when St Johnstone come it will be a completely different ball game."



  • 13Hamilton
  • 2Paterson
  • 22McGhee
  • 5Ozturk
  • 3McHattie
  • 12King
  • 35McKirdy
  • 6GomisSubstituted forDelgado Lloriaat 66'minutes
  • 11Nicholson
  • 10SowSubstituted forRossiat 77'minutes
  • 16OliverSubstituted forWalkerat 54'minutes


  • 1Alexander
  • 7Walker
  • 18Rossi
  • 19Delgado Lloria
  • 21Anderson
  • 27Buchanan
  • 28Smith


  • 1Fleming
  • 2WilsonBooked at 62mins
  • 5Hay
  • 4Little
  • 3Lowdon
  • 7Linn
  • 6Clarke
  • 8Stewart
  • 11AlvarezBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHesterat 83'minutes
  • 9CoultSubstituted forGrehanat 58'minutes
  • 10Gold


  • 12Grehan
  • 14Munro
  • 15Hester
  • 16Reid
  • 17McWalter
  • 18Johnstone
  • 21Brodie
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

  3. Goal!

    Own Goal by Craig Wilson, Arbroath. Heart of Midlothian 4, Arbroath 2.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Post update

    Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Craig Wilson.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Heart of Midlothian 3, Arbroath 2. Martin Grehan (Arbroath) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Lowdon.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Arbroath. Kane Hester replaces Sergio Alvarez.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juanma (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Juanma (Heart of Midlothian).

  14. Post update

    Bobby Linn (Arbroath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Heart of Midlothian. Igor Rossi replaces Osman Sow.

  17. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  18. Booking

    Sergio Alvarez (Arbroath) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Alvarez (Arbroath).

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