TYNECASTLE eventually proved the stronger side in this Qualifying League match, but the scoreline somewhat flattered the Edinburgh side, writes George Riley.
United matched the Premier League outfit until the last 18 minutes of the game, but the visitors’ experience and knowhow saw them come through.
It was midway through the first half before any chance was created and the only goal in this phase came in the 36th minute when visiting winger Jamie Devlin swung a corner and midfielder Tony Muir climbed above the defence to head home.
United equalised with eight minutes of the second half gone as Tynecastle’s Muir tried to head clear a free kick but only succeeded in putting the ball beyond his own keeper.
Tynecastle nosed in front in the 72nd minute when Dean Cummings picked up a loose ball and thundered a 30-yard shot which hit the underside of the bar and in,and two minutes later the Edinburgh side went two-up when Ousman See’s right-foot shot struck the back of the net.
United battled back and reduced the deficit when a free kick was awarded and Grant Gass floated the ball to the back post for Chris Black to head home.
See got his second goal for the visitors with eight minutes of the match remaining when he chipped over the advancing Elliot Turnbull, and in the penultimate minute Tynecastle made it five when Finlay Matthews crossed for the unmarked Muir to score.