Trialist Ghislain Guessan scores for Hearts U-20s in victory

Trialist striker Ghislain Guessan scored Hearts Under-20s' first goal in a 2-1 win over Dundee United at Riccarton.
Ghislain Guessan fires home Hearts opener. Pic: SNSGhislain Guessan fires home Hearts opener. Pic: SNS
Ghislain Guessan fires home Hearts opener. Pic: SNS

Manager Craig Levein cast his eye over Guessan as his trial period nears an end. It remains to be seen whether Hearts decide to offer him a contract, but the Ivorian did his chances no harm when he found the net.

The 25-year-old left Norwegian club Viking last month and is available as a free agent. He has been training with the Hearts first team since last week and was given a chance to impress in the Under-20 side.

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Inside the Oriam Scotland indoor astrodome, a through ball by Malaury Martin found Guessan in behind the United defence on 25 minutes. His attempted left-footed ball across goal was blocked by centre-back Luc Bollan. However, Guessan collected the loose ball and dispatched it high beyond goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet with his right foot.

Hearts were 1-0 ahead at the interval and looked in relative control until the closing stages. United drew level with ten minutes remaining through Louis Appere. He collected a long ball and drove it low past Jack Hamilton - and the visitors looked destined for a point until they were reduced to ten men.

Forward Idris Kadded appeared to throw a punch at Hearts defender Chris Hamilton and was ordered off. Hearts then made the most of their one-man advantage in the dying seconds.

Striker Aidan Keena cut in from the right to loft a shot towards the top corner of the net. Mehmet got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out of the net, and Keena set off to celebrate his winner.

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Hearts (4-2-3-1): J Hamilton; Godinho, Gajda, C Hamilton, Sandison; Martin, Petkov; Ritchie (Zanatta 60), Morrison, Keena; Guessan (Ward 79).

Unused subs: Mason, Grigor, McGill.