Michael Ngoo’s hat-trick sees off young Hearts

Hat-trick: Michael Ngoo
Hat-trick: Michael Ngoo
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Former Hearts on-loan striker Michael Ngoo scored a hat-trick in Kilmarnock Under-20s’ 4-0 win at Rugby Park last night.

Former Hearts on-loan striker Michael Ngoo scored a hat-trick in Kilmarnock Under-20s’ 4-0 win at Rugby Park last night.

Hearts fielded recent signing Miguel Pallardo, and during his 66-minute first appearance for his new club, he looks as though he will be more than a useful addition to the squad.

Under-20s Coach Jack Ross also fielded five first-team fringe players, giving them much-needed game time, match fitness and a feel of a plastic surface in preparation for their forthcoming games against Queen of the South and Alloa Athletic.

Ngoo, who played for Hearts while on loan from Liverpool in season 2012-13, opened the scoring for Killie, touching home a Craig Slater header on the goal-line, Slater claiming the strike but Ngoo being credited with the goal on 15 minutes.

Hearts dominated the half with James Keatings having a free-kick brilliantly saved, Liam Smith a shot blocked and Jason Holt firing a shot just over the crossbar. But, on the stroke of half-time, Ngoo almost added another with a header past a post.

Hearts lost a second goal three minutes into the second half, Ngoo forcing his way in from the left before dispatching a 16-yard shot into the net.

Killie were now on top with Scott Gallacher having a couple of useful saves, before Ngoo completed his threesome, netting from close range after Gallacher had parried a Robbie Muirhead shot.

In reply, Dale Carrick had a header saved and Holt fired a free-kick just past a post before Lee Ashcroft completed the scoring on 79 minutes, heading home a Greg Kiltie corner, to complete a disappointing second half for the Tynecastle side, after playing some neat football in the first period.

Hearts: Gallacher, L Smith, McGhee, Gordon, Henderson, Beith (Scott 80), Holt, Pallardo (Flanaghan 66), Buchanan (Roy 70), Keatings, Carrick. Subs unused: Brown G/K, I Smith, Page.