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Season 23/24 Stagsnet Match Report
Pre-season friendly
Heart of Midlothian  
1 - 3
 Mansfield Town
Boyce 22
 
 Keillor-Dunn 57, Oates 79, Bowery pen 84
Attendance: Behind closed doors
 
Date: 25 July 2023

by Martin Shaw at Tynecastle Park

Mansfield Town won 3-1 against Hearts at Tynecastle last night. The game was arranged at very short notice after Barnsley pulled out of a friendly at the One Call Stadium. Unfortunately that was at too short notice to get spectators in so the game was played behind closed doors. It was Mansfield's first ever game at Tynecastle and it was a big shame fans were not allowed in as it is a lovely stadium, wth fans feeling like they are almost next to the pitch, with the very steep rake of the seating.

It was an excellent performance from Mansfield against a very strong Hearts side. The Stags could have been ahead through several Rhys Oates chances before Hearts took the lead through Liam Boyce. In the end, Mansfield were clearly deserved winners with goals from Davis Keillor-Dunn, Oates and a Jordan Bowery penalty. Plenty of super performances such as Louis Reed, Aaron Lewis, Stephen Quinn, Lucas Akins, Alfie Kilgour, in fact everyone.

team (4-4-2, diamond in midfield):
Christy Pym;
Callum Johnson, Alfie Kilgour, Baily Cargill (new signing from Forest Green), Calum Macdonald (new signing, previously with Tranmere among other clubs);
Louis Reed,
Aaron Lewis (new signing from Newport), Stephen Quinn,
Davis Keillor-Dunn;
Lucas Akins, Rhys Oates.

Subs:
Scott Flinders (for Pym, 46 minutes)
Hiram Boateng (for Quinn, 75 minutes)
Anthony Hartigan (for Keillor-Dunn, 82 minutes)
Jordan Bowery (for Oates, 82 minutes)
McKeal Abdullah (for Akins, 86 minutes)
George Cooper (for Macdonald, 86 minutes)

Absent:
George Maris (personal reasons unrelated to football, should play on the short journey to Long Eaton)
Ollie Clarke (tight calf)
Will Swan (felt groin)
John-Joe O’Toole (twisted ankle)
James Gale (slight thigh)
George Williams, new signing (building up, not ready yet)
James Perch (undecided what he wants to do)
Elliott Hewitt and Stephen McLaughlin (long term injuries)
Owen Mason has gone on loan to Wexford (Ireland).

George Maris did not travel for personal reasons. I said to Nigel Clough some people were speculating that he was the player that might go out on loan, he said that was rubbish. He told me the personal reasons but wasn't sure if George wanting them releasing. Maris should play at Long Eaton tomorrow.

The Hearts side was pretty much full strength with a number of internationals. One player known to Stags fans was former midfielder Jorge Grant, who played about an hour.

Mansfield created several chances in the opening stages with a positive start. Inside the opening minute, Oates headed wide from 4 yards from a Quinn cross. After 4 minutes, Oates had a chance from 20 yards blocked. Then 2 minutes after that, another Oates chance as his low shot gave the keeper an easy save after Akins found him.

The first chance for Hearts after 6 minutes as Scottish international Stephen Kingsley broke into the area and shot just wide of the right post, after he was picked out by a diagonal ball from Alan Forrest. Two minutes later, Liam Boyce, a Northern Ireland international who Nigel Clough had at Burton, slid a chance just wide, followed by a shot from long range that was wide from Lawrence Shankland, another Scottish international.

Straight to the other end, Akins flicked on and Oates sent a decent shot goalwards which keeper Zander Clark saved with his left leg.

After 10 minutes, Nathaniel Atkinson fired well over from a tight angle. Then on 17 minutes, Alex Cochrane crossed and Boyce turned over the bar from 7 yards.

Hearts took the lead after 22 minutes. Quinn gave the ball away, Atkinson played a great ball forward for Boyce who rounded Pym and put the ball into the empty net.

A good move from the Stags after half an hour and yet another Oates shot. The keeper made a good save to turn it wide. A minute later, another good move and Akins turned the ball against the post but the offside flag was already up.

Boyce went off with an injury after 35 minutes and was replaced by Jorge Grant.

After 38 minutes, a Keillor-Dunn corner, Kilgour headed down, it dropped for Kilgour who smashed a shot over from 8 yards.

At the other end, good tracking back from Kilgour to deny Shankland a chance after 42 minutes.

After 45 minutes, Oates crossed towards Keillor-Dunn but it was intercepted for a corner. Then Oates flicked goalwards and it was saved on the line by the keeper.

A very good first half performance from Mansfield who moved the ball really well and created several good chances, mostly for Oates. Hearts had the lead from a clinical finish from Boyce.

Half time 1-0

Flinders replaced Pym at half time.

Shankland fired well wide from 20 yards after 49 minutes. Then Forrest was wide from an angle from 9 yards after 52 minutes.

Mansfield were deservedly level after 57 minutes. Macdonald intercepted a ball out from the back, found Quinn, who found Keillor-Dunn and he lifted the ball over sub keeper Michael McGovern for a clinical finish.

Great play from the Stags after 61 minutes, Quinn found Oates and his cross across the edge of the six yard box just evaded Akins. Then Quinn had a shot from distance blocked. At the other end a good interception from Kilgour after a good run from Jorge Grant.

After 71 minutes, Quinn crossed and Akins glanced a header wide.

Boateng replaced Quinn after 75 minutes.

Akins headed away a Hearts free kick a minute later. Then on 78 minutes, Andy Halliday headed well over the bar.

Mansfield made it 2-1 after 79 minutes. Keillor-Dunn had a header pushed out to Oates and his shot squirmed under the keeper into the net. Keeper McGovern should have saved it, but it was reward for Oates who had previously had so many attempts at goal.

Hartigan replaced Keillor-Dunn and Bowery replaced Oates after 82 minutes.

It was 3-1 after 84 minutes. Macdonald was brought down just inside the area on the left by Luke Rathie for a clear penalty. Bowery stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way firing into the right of the net.

Young McKeal Abdullah replaced Akins, and George Cooper replaced Macdonald, after 86 minutes. Cargill switched to left back.

Cargill headed away a free kick after 87 minutes. Then Aaron Lewis put in a good tackle after 90+1 minutes.

A really good performance from Mansfield against a strong Hearts side. Everyone played well for the Stags, including the subs. Akins particularly caught the eye with superb hold up play and flicked headers.

The next game is at Long Eaton on Wednesday night, 7.45 kick off. The players who started at Hearts will not travel. The subs who came on at Hearts will play, plus Maris. Louie Turner will be in goal, Pym and Flinders will not travel. See you there.



Report by: Martin Shaw at Tynecastle Park



Line Up:
team (4-4-2, diamond in midfield):
Christy Pym;
Callum Johnson, Alfie Kilgour, Baily Cargill (new signing from Forest Green), Calum Macdonald (new signing, previously with Tranmere among other clubs);
Louis Reed,
Aaron Lewis (new signing from Newport), Stephen Quinn,
Davis Keillor-Dunn;
Lucas Akins, Rhys Oates.
Sub Line Up:
Scott Flinders (for Pym, 46 minutes)
Hiram Boateng (for Quinn, 75 minutes)
Anthony Hartigan (for Keillor-Dunn, 82 minutes)
Jordan Bowery (for Oates, 82 minutes)
McKeal Abdullah (for Akins, 86 minutes)
George Cooper (for Macdonald, 86 minutes)
Absent:
George Maris (personal reasons unrelated to football, should play on the short journey to Long Eaton)
Ollie Clarke (tight calf)
Will Swan (felt groin)
John-Joe O’Toole (twisted ankle)
James Gale (slight thigh)
George Williams, new signing (building up, not ready yet)
James Perch (undecided what he wants to do)
Elliott Hewitt and Stephen McLaughlin (long term injuries)
Owen Mason has gone on loan to Wexford (Ireland).
Opposition Line Up:
Zander Clark (McGovern 46), Nathaniel Atkinson (Aidan Denholm 54), Toby Sibbick, Kye Rowles (Luke Rathie 79), Stephen Kingsley (Connor Smith 60), Peter Haring (Andy Halliday 46), Beni Baningime, Alan Forrest (Lewis Neilson 60), Lawrence Shankland (James Wilson 60), Alex Cochrane, Liam Boyce (Jorge Grant 34).
Referee:
Unknown


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