Gala too good for Shrewsbury

Hearts’ manager Gary Locke paid tribute to the club’s loyal fans

who turned out in force for Saturday’s friendly fixture against

Dunfermline at East End Park.

Early goals from Brad McKay and Jamie Hamill enabled the

Edinburgh side to secure a 2-1 victory against another team

currently in administration.

Kick-off was held up for 10 minutes to allow visiting fans

inside the ground, with gate receipts from the 4,538 crowd split

between the two clubs.

And Locke said: “I can’t speak highly enough of our support and

what they have done for the club.

“It’s incredible and they certainly deserve a good team on the

pitch. When you come out to a pre-season friendly and see the whole

away end full of maroon scarves and jerseys, it gave me a lift and

you could see in the first half that it gave the players a

lift.”

Hearts fans are among three bidders to purchase the club after

more than 5,500 set up direct debits to fund the Foundation of

Hearts offer.

Administrators BDO will have to select a preferred bidder from

three rival groups. In addition to the Foundation, one other is

backed by American cash while the third involves Angelo

Massone.

A surge in season-ticket sales has helped the club continue

trading in the short term and Locke said of BDO: “They have been

great from day one. The fans know exactly what’s happening – three

bids in.

“All in all there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are

moving in the right direction, and that’s all everyone has wanted

since the day we went into administration.”

Regarding Dunfermline, a fans’ alliance named Pars United is the

preferred bidder ahead of a creditors meeting onJuly 30.

Dunfermline manager Jim Jefferies said: “Who has ever heard of a

game like this being held up for 10 minutes to let the crowd

in?

“That’s because of a tremendous response from the fans of both

clubs. I think they saw a lot of good young talent, which serves

well for both clubs.”

The match, for the Supporters Direct Cup, was arranged to mark

the efforts of both sets of fans to save their respective clubs

As for the game, McKay headed home David Smith’s near-post

corner after nine minutes, while Hamill added a second from the

penalty spot on 19 after Smith was fouled by Chris Kane.

Dunfermline improved after the break and Ryan Thomson pulled a

goal back just after the hour mark following good work by Josh

Falkingham.

The Shrews fell behind to a neat finish from Emre Colak in the

early stages and it was 2-0 before the break when Noureddine

Amrabat calmly slotted in a second.

Jon Marsden, Dave Winfield and Darren Jones all had half-chances

for the home side before the visitors introduced some of their big

names.

One of them, Wesley Sneijder, completed the scoring as he

smashed home a rebound after Alex McQuaid had blocked a Yekta

Kurtulus effort on the line.