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NEW signing Arnaud Djoum completed his first 90 minutes as Hearts Under-20s drew 1-1 with Motherwell
NEW signing Arnaud Djoum completed his first 90 minutes as Hearts Under-20s drew 1-1 with Motherwell
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NEW signing Arnaud Djoum completed his first 90 minutes as Hearts Under-20s drew 1-1 with Motherwell.

The Belgian midfielder is growing stronger and fitter and will now hope to be involved with the senior side against Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Defender Leon Jones opened the scoring after just four minutes for Hearts and it took until the 70th minute for Motherwell’s Louis Laing to equalise.

The result was the fourth draw in five league games for the Edinburgh club in the SPFL Development League.

Hearts fielded a mixed side at Livingston’s newly-named Tony Macaroni Arena, with Jack Hamilton, Danny Swanson, Djoum, Gavin Reilly and Kenny Anderson adding experience to an otherwise young team.

They got off to a flier when Jones converted Dario Zanatta’s corner-kick from close range to claim his first goal at under-20 level.

Jones then prevented a possible equaliser as Motherwell’s Chris Cadden had two shots blocked. Hearts suffered an unexpected blow, though, when they lost Jordan McGhee through illness on 12 minutes.

Motherwell increased the pressure and Wes Fletcher missed a great chance when stabbing a loose ball past a post from inside the six-yard box.

Cadden hit a shot against the face of a post and Ross MacLean fired a free-kick off the top of the crossbar.

Hearts had the best of the second half with Swanson’s early free-kick saved. The former Dundee United player then supplied a corner-kick which Djoum headed wide.

Motherwell equalised on 70 minutes, Laing striding forward before firing a 22-yard shot into the corner of the net.

Cadden tried another attempt which flew just past Hamilton’s left-hand post before Hearts skipper Liam Smith hit a shot over the crossbar.

In the final minute Hearts may have had a penalty but Zanatta should have scored in the same incident, his weak shot being cleared for a corner-kick.

HEARTS: Hamilton; L Smith, Jones, McGhee (Baur 12), Reid; Swanson (Morrison 88), McKirdy, Djoum, Anderson (I Smith 69), Zanatta; Reilly. Unused subs: Mason, McLean, Moore, Flanagan.