HEARTS Under-20s shrugged off losing a goal in the fourth minute to record a 5-1 home win against their Falkirk counterparts at Ochilview.
The Bairns opened the scoring through Mark Stowe’s free kick which took a huge deflection to wrongfoot Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.
It was 1-1 at the interval, however, as Callumn Morrison shot home.
Hearts imposed themselves after the break, Morrison hammering home an Andy Irving through ball.
Anthony McDonald made it 3-1 with a side-footed finish before an own goal took Hearts further ahead.
Morrison completed the rout and his hat-trick five minutes from time, scoring from Lewis Moore’s cross to the back post.
Hearts: J Hamilton; Sandison, C Hamilton, Baur, Reid; Petkov, Irving (Ritchie 75); Morrison, Currie (Moore 61), McDonald (Ward 79); Keena. Subs: B.Gajda, W.Gajda, C.Smith, Paton.