Hearts Development Win Comfortably At Broxburn

Broxburn Athletic Colts 1 Hearts Development 12

Photos by Rae Irvine Holliday

Almost from the outset, it was clear that SWFL Division 1 – South outfit Hearts Development were by far the more accomplished of the two sides. After all, Broxburn had only ever played two friendlies against Linlithgow Rose, with both ending in defeat.

And it was always going to be more about gaining experience and the start of a journey for Broxburn, a completely new side with few players having experience of competitive football, ahead of their first game of the SWFL season away to Linlithgow Rose as luck would have it.

The opening minutes suggested that the match might be a fairly even encounter between the sides, but that idea was soon put to bed when the visitors opened the scoring with just five minutes of play on the clock.

Hearts were awarded a corner that Kazya Stevens delivered low and hard across the Broxburn six-yard box. But the inexperienced home defence stood rooted to the spot as Angyl Learmouth nipped in to strike from close range.

A second soon followed when Stevens launched the ball up into the penalty area. Gemma Lumsden in the Broxburn goal failed to claim, Lauren Hamilton gathered and managed to cut back inside for Learmouth to comfortably tap home from eight yards.

Goal number three came when Hearts moved the ball down field at pace for Lauren Hall to fire a low ball across the penalty area. Claire Delworth stood in wait at the back post, shot back across goal past the diving keeper and in at the front post.

Then just as it looked as if Hearts would run away with the match, Broxburn tightened up and looked as if they might get themselves back into the match. But after 25 minutes without another goal, Hearts managed to sneak two quick fire goals in before the half time break.

The first coming from a Louise Ann Pearce ball sent straight across the goal to the feet of Learmouth. Her shot struck a defender and ricocheted back out towards Claire Delworth who wasted no time in smashing into the back of an open goal.

With seconds left before the referee would blow for half time, Learmouth sent another dangerous ball into the penalty area and across the path of Delworth to volley home from ten yards out.

Within minutes of the restart, Pearce fired in from a Jayden Simmons corner kick to make it six, then Kazya Stevens made a run up the right hand side to set up Learmouth with a ball across the penalty area to claim her hat trick with a strike from eight yards out.

Number eight came from another Stevens run down the right hand side toward the bye line, then a cut back across goal for Pearce to hammer home from close range. But just as the game drifted away from Broxburn, up popped Caitlyn Stewart to score an absolute cracker!

The ball flew out of defence and wide to Lisa Dinning racing down the left hand side. She spotted Stewart matching her run stride for stride through the centre and cut the ball inside, she carried the ball to the edge of the 18 yard line and struck beyond the reach of the keeper.

As good a goal as it was, the fight back never came and Hearts finished with a six minute flourish that saw a further 4 goals hit the back of the Broxburn net. Sam Cunningham sent a 16 yard strike sailing past the keeper, then Laura Hunter sent a dipping strike in from 25 yards.

Learmouth added her fourth with a strike from ten yards, then the finale came when Claire Delworth ran in from the corner before cutting back for Hunter to strike the back of the net from 16 yards out.

Broxburn: Lumsden, Dinning, Guild, Oliver, Laing, Stewart, Riddell, Wood, Curran, Maxwell, Noon. Subs: Borthwick, Gardiner.

Goal: Stewart 65.

Hearts: Hamilton, Hunter, Cunningham, More, Stevens, Learmouth, Pearce, Flett, Hall, Delworth, Simmons. Subs: Meechan.

Goals: Learmouth 5, 12, 58, 80, Delworth 18, 43, 45, Pearce 48, 62, Cunningham 76, Hunter 79, 82.

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