World News – UK – Hearts stunned by Alloa as Wasps beat Jambos for the first time with a 1-0 triumph in the Betfred Cup

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Alan Trouten’s second extra time penalty put an end to that tie and only brought the Clackmannanshire part-time team into the final eight for a second time.

Hearts controlled large periods of the game, but couldn’t break a resilient central defense at Indodrill Stadium.

Manager Robbie Neilson and goalkeeper Craig Gordon protested briefly against referee Gavin Duncan over the controversial penalty kick.

Jamie Walker was fined for fouling Alloa substitute Robert Thomson, but Hearts claimed there was no violation. Your arguments were in vain.

These two Scottish championship teams met in the league at Tynecastle Park four days ago when the home team won 3-0. Hearts did not produce enough quality for repetition despite long periods of pressure.

Back spasm forced Hearts defender Craig Halkett to retire before kick-off. Mihai Popescu received a starting place alongside Christophe Berra in an as yet untested central defensive pairing.

Aidy White took up an offensive role for the visitors after impressing as a replacement there mid-week. In the meantime, Alloa manager Peter Grant reinstated striker Liam Buchanan.

For the first few minutes, Alloa goalkeeper Neil Parry’s hearts were rejected twice in quick succession. He showed up when Olly Lee hit the gate, cleverly saved from the Englishman, and then cornered Liam Boyce’s successor.

Parry soon garnered yet another attempt from Lee, which distracted home midfielder Steven Hetherington. The building game of hearts had to be patient, but as expected, on the synthetic surface, they looked sharper than their part-time opponents.

For most of the first period, they roamed within opposition territory for breakthrough. However, six minutes into the break, Craig Gordon was in full swing to bring Kevin Cawley’s deep cross to the corner.

It was a reminder that Alloa was very closely linked to the goalless goal line.

The same pattern of play continued into the second period, with Hearts in command but unable to score. Forwards Craig Wighton and Steven Naismith were featured as Neilson sought more penetration.

Alloa rarely saw her threat in 73 minutes when Scott Taggart crossed to Buchanan. His header forced Gordon to make a good save, which was the best opportunity for the Clackmannanshire team.

A largely inconspicuous 90 minutes ended to signal a 30 minute extension. Still hearts pressed, still Alloa resisted.

Another substitute, Jordan Roberts, saw a low cross from Parry’s goal in the first half, then the penalty came after the break.

After it was discovered that Walker had fouled Thomson in the area, Trouten calmly stroked the ball from 12 yards into the corner of the net.

That was enough to end Hearts’ involvement in the Betfred Cup and send the delirious home team through.

Alloa (4-2-3-1): parry; Taggart, Graham, Jamieson, Dick; Grant, Hetherington; Cawley, Trouten, Murray (Connelly 94); Buchanan (Thomson 101).

Hearts (4-1-4-1): Gordon; M Smith, Popescu, Berra, Kingsley; Haring (Henderson 112); Walker, Lee (Irving 112), Halliday (Roberts 81), White (Wighton 59); Boyce (Naismith 62).

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Weltnachrichten – GB – Hearts amazed by Alloa when Wasps defeated Jambos 1-0 for the FIRST time in the Betfred Cup

Ref: https://www.scotsman.com

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