Star go down 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 draw.

Ryan Thomson, in blue, was once again a star for Hearts.
Ryan Thomson, in blue, was once again a star for Hearts.

STAR HEARTS AFC played host to Balgonie Scotia in the first round of the M/H Engineering League Cup.

Scotia started the stronger of the two teams and their hard work paid off in the 20th minute when their right midfielder cut inside and unleashed a shot through a ruck of players hitting the back of the net before the unsighted Star goalkeeper could react.

Star did not up their play and seemed content to try and get their passing game going.

The first half continued like this with Scotia trying to catch them on the break.

Alex Davidson’s half time talk must have had an effect as well as the three substitutions he made.

Star immediately put their opponents under pressure with some good possession and passing.

This pressure paid of in the 55th minute when Ryan Thomson, one of many Star players who has joined the club from Kennoway, bulleted a header home from a corner to make it 1-1.

Star continued to look the more likely team to score with Scotia content to hit them on the break.

After some desperate defending and goal line clearances it was just not to be Star’s day and the game finished 1-1.

During the resulting penalty shoot-out some clinical finishing meant that the hosts were made to sweat for a narrow one goal win to ease them into the next round of the cup and see Star miss out.