Newcastle United won the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
title for the first time since 2012 in Hong Kong on Sunday evening
as the English Premier League club secured a 1-0 win in
sudden-death extra-time over Glasgow Rangers.
Callum Roberts scored the winning goal midway
through the four-minute four-on-four tiebreaker period after the
final finished scoreless after two 10-minute halves as the team
from St James’s Park claimed the club’s second HKFC Citi Soccer
“All the lads are buzzing,” said Newcastle
Captain, Owen Bailey. “I couldn’t be prouder of them. I know we
didn’t get as many wins as we would have liked and to win in the
four-on-fours was really tough, but I’m really proud of the boys.
We knew the ability all the boys had, we knew we had a good
shape, (head coach) Ben Dawson set us up and drilled us. We didn’t
expect to come here and get the trophy but we knew that we had a
chance, so I’m really proud. It’s been tough. The humidity has
been ridiculous, and especially in the four-on-fours, but we got
the result and now we can have a rest and look forward to next
Newcastle saw off last year’s winners Leicester
City in the semi-finals having defeated Kashima Antlers on
penalties in the quarter-finals while Rangers won against West Ham
United in the last eight before beating Italy’s Cagliari Calcio to
secure their place in the decider.
Both teams dealt with stifling conditions in
front of a packed-out Hong Kong Football Club stadium in the
final, but neither was able to find a way through to goal until
Roberts claimed the sudden-death winner that secured the title.
Aston Villa, beaten finalists last year, won the
Shield Final as they defeated West Ham United 2-1 while
Australia’s Newcastle Jets claimed a 2-0 win over Yau Yee Select
to emerge victorious from the Plate final in their debut
appearance at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens.
Discovery Bay won the Masters title for the
first time with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest Mobsters in the
Citi All Stars had been aiming for a third
straight title but fell in the last four to Discovery Bay while
Wallsend Boys Club, last year’s beaten finalists, slipped up
against Mobsters before Discovery Bay secured the title win.
“It’s a different game to 11-a-side football and
we’ve got some talented players who have done it before and we’re
very happy to have won,” said Discovery Bay Head Ccoach, Tim Bredbury. “We improved with every game and we’re happy to have
done that. “Everyone’s contributed because we were down to the
bare essentials for the final, but Forest were as well. At our
age, though, we don’t need 10-minute finals!”
SCC Masters, meanwhile, handed PlayonPros a 4-3
defeat to win the Masters Plate final.