Hearts U-20s go goal crazy against Sunderland

Sam Nicholson, pictured, scored one, Angus Beith two and Rhys Craigie netted the fourth
Sam Nicholson, pictured, scored one, Angus Beith two and Rhys Craigie netted the fourth
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Hearts’ Under-20s drew 4-4 in a friendly against a more experienced Sunderland Under-21 side at Riccarton yesterday as they limbered up for the resumption of their league campaign next week.

Sunderland raced into a two-goal lead, with David Karlsson firing home a 
brilliant 22-yard strike before Liam Agnew netted from close range. Hearts pulled one back through an Angus Beith penalty but Karlsson restored the visitors’ two-goal lead before the break.

Three minutes into the second half Sam Nicholson scored with a deflected shot as Hearts stepped up the pace, and the hosts equalised in 71 minutes through Beith. Carl Lawson gave Sunderland the lead again with a breakaway goal with three minutes left, but Hearts 
salvaged a draw in stoppage time when Rhys Craigie 
netted from a Robbie Buchanan pass.

Hearts: Hamilton; L Smith, K Wilson, Gordon, Ford, Nicholson (A Scott 83), A King (Craigie 83), Trialist (Buchanan 17), Beith, B King, Carrick (Simpson 52).