East Fife taught a young Hearts side a lesson at Bayview as the club’s pre-season campaign nears its conclusion
Due to an accident near the Forth Road Bridge the game was delayed by half an hour but when it did start it was the Fifers who came out the traps quickest.
Nathan Austin almost played Ross Brown in on goal but his pass was over hit and the chance was gone.
At the other end Ian Smith was relieved to see the stand side linesman raise his flag for offside after he missed a sitter a couple of yards from goal.
The Fifers took a deserved lead shortly after the ten minute mark when a good move through the middle of the park led to Kevin Smith playing Austin in on goal.
The striker composed himself before beating Kelby Masson.
Since January Austin has developed into a real goal threat and it’s not unrealistic to suggest that he’ll be amongst the league’s top scorers in 2015/16.
He made it 2-0 when again bursting through the heart of the Jambos’ defence and rounding Masson.
It was largely one way traffic in favour of East Fife but they were caught by a sucker punch when Hearts raced up the park on a counter attack and pulled one back.
Russell McLean found space for himself inside the box and made no mistake from eight yards.
Austin thought he had secured his hat-trick shortly before the end of the game but his header was judged offside.