Albion Rovers 1 Hearts Colts 4: Aidan Keena bags brace in emphatic Challenge Cup win

Aidan Keena struck twice as Hearts Colts cruised into the second round of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory away to a League Two side Albion Rovers.

Tuesday, 6th August 2019, 9:59 pm
Aidan Keena in action for Hearts

The Jambos starting XI, remarkably, was made up entirely of players who have had some kind of first-team exposure.

Andy Kirk’s side bossed the opening half hour and managed to get themselves two goals ahead.

After the lively Anthony McDonald had hit the post with a free-kick from 25 yards out, the visitors went in front in the 23rd minute when Alex Petkov turned in Chris Hamilton’s knockdown from close range.

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The Gorgie Colts doubled their lead four minutes later when Keena ran on to a through ball from Euan Henderson and tucked beyond Ryan Goodfellow.

Just as Hearts looked to be in full control, however, League Two Rovers - managed by ex-Hibs attacker Kevin Harper - pulled one back in 33 minutes through Smart Osadolor’s header.

Goalkeeper Colin Doyle had to make two important saves after the break to keep his side in front – one from Osadolor and then another from Daniel Scally’s penalty.

Hearts then missed a penalty of their own when Keena’s effort was saved, but a couple of goals from Henderson and Keena quickly put the game beyond Rovers.

Hearts Colts: Doyle, Logan, Baur, Hamilton, Petkov, Burns, C Smith, Cochrane, Keena, McDonald, Henderson. Subs: Ritchie, Stone, Currie, Ward, Makovora, McGill.