Junior aspect Auchinleck Talbot’s Scottish Cup adventure is over after they had been comfortably overwhelmed by Premiership aspect Hearts in the closing 16.
Christophe Berra nodded in an early opener, then Demetri Mitchell’s tamely-struck effort then chanced on the fetch.
Mitchell’s inappropriate became once tapped in by Steven Maclean earlier than the shatter and the latter had a second disallowed.
Aidan Keena’s radiant solo effort rounded off the make a choice earlier than Stephen Wilson became once denied a Talbot comfort.
- Hearts defender Smith might per chance per chance well most definitely face 12 weeks out
- Response & as it came about
The midfielder became once adjudged to have been offside as he diverted Attach Shankland’s inappropriate into the Hearts fetch three minutes from time.
Steven Naismith, Calumn Morrison and Uche Ikpeazu – impressive on his first birth since an October foot shatter – also came close for the hosts in an totally dominant display, with Maclean, too, having a goal disallowed for offside.
Hearts conducted the closing 12 minutes with 10 men when Michael Smith became once forced off injured after Craig Levein had made all three of his substitutes.
The Hearts boss later acknowledged Smith might per chance per chance well most definitely face “the rest between six and 12 weeks” out with a suspected torn muscle in his thigh.
‘Talbot slide away with pleasure intact’ – analysis
BBC Scotland’s Brian McLauchlin at Tynecastle
The near-2,000 fans who travelled via from Ayrshire absolutely loved their day, but there became once never any exact likelihood of them heading encourage home having seen one other indispensable Scottish Cup shock.
Levein had watched the juniors knock seven past Petershill closing weekend and his players had been nicely warned about their strengths and weaknesses, however the Talbot players left with their dignity and pleasure intact after a efficiency that became once plump of energy. That acknowledged, the scoreline can have been a lot extra emphatic if it had now not been for some terrific stops by goalkeeper Andy Leishman.
The return of striker Ikpeazu after three months out gave Hearts a spotlight and, mixed with the roam and skill of Sean Clare and Mitchell, there became once a relentless slide with the circulate of attacks.
‘Mission’ finished – response
Hearts manager Craig Levein: “The mission became once to procure via and we’ve carried out that. I felt we would ranking if we did things nicely from the starting.
“We had some appropriate play, scored some appropriate objectives. Second half of, they began to reflect it became once straightforward and we had been giving up straightforward passes to strive things that had been extra delicate, but that happens.”
Auchinleck Talbot manager Tommy Sloan: “I’ll per chance per chance well most definitely now not fault their effort. I became once upset in the form of the indispensable goal – their finest boy heads it into the fetch. We misplaced a uncomfortable goal very early.
“There became once a gulf at college in the indispensable half of, they had been very keen and Ikpeazu makes a exact distinction to their aspect. We absolutely had just a few opportunities to ranking in the second half of. Rather just a few positives.”