Gaughan rattled in 27 goals last season for New Zealand side Stop Out FC and began the new campaign yesterday with a hat-trick.
He grabbed his treble as Stop Out beat Upper Hutt City in their opening match in the Hilton Petone Cup in Wellington and said: “It was a lovely start to pre-season. A 6-1 win and a hat-trick to go with it. Onwards and upwards.”
A bonus for Gaughan, 20, came from the sidelines where his dad Andy, Silsden u19s’ co-manager, was watching during a stay Down Under.
The win puts Stop Out top of Group One in Division One of the 12-team tournament.
They play Lower Hutt City next Sunday with the rest of their programme taking in Miramar Rangers, Waterside Karori and Marist. The final is on March 30.