The Dons not did start the game particularly well defensively and lost a poor goal after 5 minutes. After a stramash in the Hearts box McManus hit the post. The Dons still had good possession on the edge of the Hearts area but lost the ball and the visitors got in behind the Dons defence. After a quick break the ball was cut back to King who scored past Danny Rogers.
Rogers was making his debut for the 19s today in goal and he can be well pleased with his performance. The Irishman produced one exceptional double save when the score was 1-0. He also had a fine double save at the end as well.
The Dons created a couple of openings in the first half and were certainly passing the ball about well.
In the second half the Dons started strongly and were defending much higher up the park. They put Hearts under a bit of pressure and got a deserved equaliser. It was a very good goal. Craig Murray fed Jamie Masson, who was playing in midfield today, he picked the ball up just outside the box. He showed some quick feet to beat his man and cut back a good cross which Cameron Smith finished superbly.
After that the Dons had a lot of the ball, passed it about well and their movement was causing the Hearts defence all kind of problems. Dean Carse came on for Duguid and Jamie Masson went to play left back. Carse played wide on the right and his runs also caused Hearts problems.
The visitors came back into it though and there were chances at either end. Hearts substitute Nicholson put over a couple of dangerous crosses. At the other end Hamilton saved well from Devaney's free kick but from the resultant corner the keeper was very fortunate after he dropped the ball on the line. Michael Dunlop was only inches away from getting a touch.
It was a fantastic match at this stage with the game going from end to end and both teams were thundering into tackles.
Then the Dons lost a really unlucky goal. Again the Dons were on the attack in a promising position. Carse could not find Smith and the ball was cleared up field. There were a couple of challenges outside the box and Hearts got the break of the ball. A shot then came in which hit two players and landed kindly at the feet of Carrick who showed good composure to finish well. The goal was really hard on the young Dons.Despite the defeat Neil Cooper was happy enough with the boys efforts. The Dons U19 coach told RedWeb "Willie, Craig and Archie and myself were all happy with the performance, especially second half against a good Hearts side.
"Our work rate and appetite was fantastic
As I say Hearts are a good side. They are up at the top of the league and it will be between them and Celtic as to who wins the title. We played some good football and matched them throughout.
"There were a lot of positives for us today. Danny Rogers came in for his first game and did well, it was only Michael Dunlop's second game so he will get the benefit of that and Craig Storie was back in the side today. He has been injured for a while and only trained with us on Thursday but got stronger as the game went on."