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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 22:00 GMT 23:00 UK
Stirling Albion 0-2 Hearts
Christophe Berra, Andrew Driver and Laryea Kingston celebrate
Laryea Kingston (right) scored the second goal
Hearts put their SPL troubles behind them to seal a place in the third round of the CIS Insurance Cup with a solid victory over Stirling Albion.

A Laurie Ellis own-goal before half-time and a Laryea Kingston strike after the interval sealed the win.

The Hearts' coaching staff named a strong starting line-up, with Ibrahim Tall and Andy Driver making the side.

However, the hosts never looked capable of replying and Hearts will be boosted by a place the third round draw.

The visitors made a strong impression from kick-off and conjured up two chances in the first three minutes.

Driver had a header blocked at the back post from a Michael Stewart cross and then the small winger turned provider for Kingston.

Driver found the Ghanaian international on the edge of the box but Kingston's low drive was cleared off the line by Chris Aitken.

Hearts looked dangerous going forward and Driver had another header blocked by Paul Nugent in the 10th minute after Calum Elliot broke free down the flank.

There was no let-up in Hearts' pressure as they searched for the opening goal and captain Christophe Berra then had a header saved by Myles Hogarth from Stewart's corner.

First Division Stirling served a reminder to Hearts that they were capable of causing damage when goalkeeper Steve Banks had to palm Steven Bell's vicious long-range effort over the bar in the 16th minute.

but the travelling Hearts support had to wait until six minutes from the interval to see their side take the lead through Ellis' own-goal.

Mikoliunas broke free down the flank and squared the ball inside the box for Driver.

The Englishman's shot was blocked by Hogarth, but Ellis turned the ball into his own net.

The hosts should have been on level terms in the 49th minute when Paul Murphy was given space inside the box to meet Aitken's free-kick, but his shot from six yards out bounced wide.

Hearts then put the game beyond doubt in the 53rd minute when Stewart found midfield colleague Kingston with a superb defence-splitting pass and the Ghanaian shot low into the corner past Hogarth from inside the box.


Stirling: Hogarth, Nugent, Graham, Ellis, Devine (McKenna 64), Bell, Aitken, Murphy, Easton (Tomana 71), Cramb, Lilley (Hay 66). Subs Not Used: Christie, McBride.

Booked: Devine.

Hearts: Banks, Neilson, Tall, Berra, Goncalves, Zaliukas (Karipidis 78), Stewart, Kingston, Driver, Elliot (Velicka 81), Mikoliunas (Ksanavicius 64). Subs Not Used: Kurskis, Palazuelos.

Goals: Ellis 39 og, Kingston 53.

Att: 2,059

Ref: J Underhill

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