Football Academy

Jambos lift Cup at Hearts Invitational

29th July 2019

Hearts were crowned winners in their own backyard at the July Invitational held this weekend at the Oriam.

The 2007 age-group tournament welcomed two American sides, Legends FC and Orange County Soccer Club, as well as English Premier League sides Arsenal and Brighton & Hove Albion.

They all competed over the course of two days at the world-class Oriam facility, alongside Scottish clubs Rangers, Hibs and Motherwell.
The Hearts squad, coached by Declan Fergus and Scott McLennan, won all three games on Saturday allowing them to progress to the Cup Group on Sunday.
The wee Jambos then beat Californian side Legends FC 2-0 before drawing with Brighton, who they then beat on penalties. Finally, they were up against Edinburgh rivals Hibs, who they beat 2-0 before lifting the trophy.

Before the celebrations, there was also time to present the Ron MacNeill Player of the Tournament award, which was shared by Mohammad Badawiya (Legends FC) and Noah Carstairs (Heart of Midlothian). 
It is the second youth tournament the Jambos have held with plans already in the works for the 2020 Invitational. Teams such as Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are already signed up, alongside sides such as Liverpool, Arsenal, and Anderlecht.

Hearts' Academy manager Roger Arnott spoke exclusively to HeartsTV and said: "Events like this give them [our youth players] the ability to showcase themselves against what you would think is some of the best talent coming through in the world.

"The fact that we’ve competed very well, won a lot of games, scored a lot of goals, played some really good football and shown we can mix with different cultures and styles... we should be proud of that, and we should start to talk positively about where the game is going in Scotland."