Hearts fought back brilliantly to secure a 2-2 draw in their Development League match against Falkirk at Stenhousemuir.
Trailing by two early first-half goals – the deficit may have been three but for a superb stop by Jack Hamilton from a Kevin O’Hara shot – the young Jambos pulled a goal back on 65 minutes as Dario Zanatta latched on to a long through ball from Sean McKirdy to steer a fine shot past goalkeeper Alex Tokarczyk.
Three minutes later, Callumn Morrison netted a Robbie Buchanan left-wing cross at the back post. Hearts’ late pressure really should have produced a winner but, in stoppage time, Hamilton again denied the visitors with a fine, diving save from a Cameron Blues shot.
Hearts began brightly with Lewis Moore and Gavin Reilly coming close with early efforts. The visitors, who included coach and former Hearts defender Alan Maybury in their line-up, opened the scoring in almost their first attack on 15 minutes, O’Hara netting a Blues cross from close range.
Two minutes later, Daniel Baur pulled down Scott Shepherd in the box and Ryan Blair scored from the spot.
Hearts should have pulled a goal back on 21 minutes but Morrison somehow managed to send a Reilly pass wide from inside the six-yard box.
On the stroke of half-time, Zanatta also had a goalbound shot deflected over the crossbar.
Hearts: Hamilton; L Smith, Baur, Jones, L Henderson, Morrison, McKirdy, Buchanan, Moore (Flanagan 88), Zanatta, Reilly. Unused subs: Mason, Baxter, I Smith, Howlett-Mundle, McLean.