Date: 12th July 2015 at 11:13am
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Hearts’ first silverware of the season, any silverware is silverware at the end of the day, was secured on Saturday when we lifted the D&K Lafferty Challenge Cup in Oban in a round-robin tournament.

Jordan McGhee made his mark on the tournament, as he did our opening game with our first goal in our three-nil win over Alloa Athletic, with his performances seeing him named as the Player of the Tournament. That McGhee goal was added to by a double from Gary Oliver.

Next up came St Johnstone, beaten two-one thanks for Juanma and another Oliver strike with a one-one draw with Dundee United soon to follow.

Local side Oban Saints shocked us when they won two-one and looked on for a win but in a ‘winner takes all’ finale at the end Sam Nicholson scored to see us lift the trophy on a worthwhile day in Oban.

Full details of the event can be viewed on the Official Website.

The main thing, the most important thing, was that we continue to build towards the start of the new Scottish Premiership season but to win the D&K Lafferty Challenge Cup will do nicely!

Neilson shared his delight at the good test we came through in five 30-minutes games after the event, branding it a ‘good day all round’, and it was.

A few, with Neilson’s comments coming on the Official Website, came in for special praise.

‘I thought Sean McKirdy did really well. He played a lot of the games in midfield alongside Pallardo and Anderson, and El Hassnaoui at times because we were struggling for players for a bit.

‘I also thought Jordan McGhee did fantastically well and he was voted player of the tournament, which is not bad for a centre-half.’


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