A penalty from Alan Trouten in the second overtime catapulted Alloa into a shock victory over Hearts in the Betfred Cup.
The Wasps were beaten well by the Tynecastle team in the championship midweek but recovered to take their first competitive win against the Jambos and secure their spot in the quarterfinals.
Hearts have been at the top for most of the game against a team with just one point in five league games this season.
But Robbie Neilson’s side had no head start in attack and had to pay 19 minutes into overtime when Trouten converted after Jamie Walker hacked substitute Robert Thomson.
The guests who took a pre-game blow when defender Craig Halkett pulled out of the side with a back spasm during the warm-up should really have taken the lead in the seventh minute.
With the Alloa central defenders forward for a set piece, Olly Lee was allowed to scurry through a gaping hole in the heart of the home rearguard. He tried to bypass the advancing Neil Parry but the goalkeeper got a touch on the ball and when Liam Boyce tried to drill from the rebound, Parry diverted the effort around a post.
Hearts dominated possession, but couldn’t create anything as clear as this early opportunity for Lee.
Walker stepped free into the box to hit a Michael Smith cross from the right, but his header was in the 18th. Minute unpredictable.
After half an hour, Stephen Kingsley’s center left looked like Peter Haring, but the midfielder’s first volley just drifted too high.
At the beginning of the second period, hearts were on top again and Walker threatened twice in quick succession. First, Liam Dick broke away from under the bar as the attacker stormed into the box, and nine minutes later defenseman Nicky Jamieson pulled a magnificent block to turn him down.
Alloa got the pressure back on, creating his best chance 17 minutes from time.
Scott Taggart threw in an excellent cross from the right and Liam Buchanan’s brilliant header seemed to creep up Craig Gordon’s left post before the goalkeeper pounced on the post.
The woodwork played a part in the first overtime when Parry could only touch a deflected cross from Hearts substitute Jordan Roberts and the ball bounced off his substitute colleague Craig Wighton and fell far.
And just three minutes into the second half of the additional half hour, Alloa finally found the breakthrough.
Taggart sent a cross from the right that was allowed to drift to Thomson, who crashed under a challenge from Walker.
Referee Gavin Duncan pointed to the point and Trouten sent Gordon the wrong way to find the lower right corner of the net for a stunning win.
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