LiveBrora Rangers 2 - 1 Hearts RECAP: Embarrassing exit for the Championship leaders to fifth tier Highlanders

Hearts have made the long trip north where they will face Brora Rangers in the rearranged Scottish Cup clash.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 9:40 pm
Live coverage of Brora v Hearts in the Scottish Cup. Picture: SNS

The Jam Tarts will face the Highlanders for the first time when they run out at Dudgeon Park, 210 miles from Tynecastle Park for a place in the third round and a home tie with League Two side Stranraer.

Hearts come into the match having drawn 0-0 with Arbroath at the weekend, while the Highland League opponents have not played in ten weeks. They have played just one friendly and only been able to hold a handful of training sessions.

It took seven attempts for Brora to complete their first round tie with Camelon to set up the clash with Championship league leaders Hearts.

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Robbie Neilson will make a few changes from the side which drew on Saturday with international call-ups and suspensions forcing his hand.

We will have live coverage with updates, reaction and analysis throughout the evening.

Brora Rangers v Hearts LIVE: Updates, reaction and analysis from Scottish Cup clash

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 March, 2021, 21:53

  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Six changes, Souttar on the bench
  • Home tie with Stranraer for the winners

There is not insightful, tactical analysis about that game.

It was a match where a collective football team embarrassed themselves.

The worst result in living memory for Heart of Midlothian Football Club and it was fully deserved.

The team have been plodding to the Championship title despite the huge gap to second place. The team have been asking for a proper shock, more than Alloa in the cup or going down 3-0 to Raith after 55 minutes. Well, a proper shock has been delivered.

In a strange way, it isn’t THAT much of a shock.

The fall-out from that game will be severe. Hearts fans are not happy. Hearts fans haven’t been happy with their club in a while. And understandably so.

An embarrassing and downright pathetic night for the football club.

FT: Brora 2 - 1 Hearts

An embarrassing result.

The Highland League team are back in front. A free-kick deep in the corner catches out Ross Stewart who didn’t get enough purchase on his punch and it is turned in by Martin Maclean who fires into the roof of the net.

Hearts get back on level terms. Berra turns in a corner with 20 minutes to go.

Hearts should really be level. A corner from the left finds Halkett’s head at the back post. His powerful header looks like it is finding the bottom corner but Malin claws it out from the line.

Some lovely play between Boyce and Gnanduillet sees the latter tee up Walker but he ballooned the ball over the bar.

McEneff OFF, Henderson ON

Of course, GMS fires in across to Boyce after good play from White but it hits the striker and goes out.

Hearts start he second half on top. Gnanduillet fired a shot straight at Malin after being played in by McEneff before GMS sent in another tantalising cross.

Kastaneer has been replaced by Liam Boyce

There can be no sugarcoating this performance. It has been staggeringly bad. Actually bad is being kind. Woeful.

Hearts started positively but after going down 1-0 the team have been all over the place. Brora have had two other good chances to add to the lead.

The Hearts defence have been all over the place and there has been no confidence about the team’s play. Walker has fallen out of the game, while Kastaneer has been been worse than the collective performance.

The only joy Hearts have been getting is down the left with Gary Mackay-Steven who has been really positive and created a few chances.

A huge second 45 coming up. Hearts need to look like a team who play at a much higher level and have actually been playing games across the past three months. Otherwise an embarrassment is on the cards and pressure on Robbie Neilson.

HT: Brora 1 - 0 Hearts

Hearts nearly go in level when a corner falls to McEneff at the back post but his fierce shot is repelled well by Joe Malin.

Nothing has happened recently but just to reiterate.

Kastaneer failed to make contact with a great ball when all he had to do was get his head to it.

Brora were nearly in again. Aidy White plays a slack ball back to Stewart. Kelly nips in but couldn’t steer the ball the way he wanted.

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