Peter Beardsley has been reflecting on his Newcastle United Under 21s showing at the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens this past weekend.
The United playing legend was disappointed with the outcome but described it as a ‘learning experience’, before coming over all philosophical…
Peter Beardsley saying ‘Every day is a different day where the ball rolls a different way…’, very profound!
Defeated at the first knockout stage in Hong Kong, there are far bigger problems awaiting Rafa Benitez (fingers crossed) when sorting out the club from top to bottom.
Yet another disastrous season saw the:
Newcastle first team relegated from the Premier League
The Under 21s win only 2 of 22 league matches and finish third bottom of the Premier League Under 21 second division (as a comparison, Sunderland Under 21s finished second top of the first division behind Manchester United).
At Under 18s level, Newcastle won six of 22 league games and ended up fourth bottom of 12 in the Premier League Under 18s north division (Sunderland 6th top).
In Hong Kong meanwhile….
Saturday saw the NUFC Under 21s successfully negotiate the group stage, United beating Hong Kong Football Club 1-0 (Longstaff) and then defeating Kitchee 2-1 (Longstaff, Barlaser), before a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
Newcastle United played FC Seoul in Sunday’s quarter-final but went down 4-2 despite two goals from Jamie Holmes.
Knocked out of the main competition, Newcastle United dropped down into the semi-finals of the Shield competition against Eastern Sports Club, where goals from Jack Hunter and Jamie Holmes couldn’t prevent a 3-2 defeat with the winner in the final seconds.
Peter Beardsley talking to the official club website:
“After the first day I was quite pleased but the way the second day panned out was very disappointing.
“We had two chances to win a trophy but we underperformed.
“Whether it was the heat, the environment or something else, I’m not sure, but the kids are just as disappointed as we are.
“It’s a learning experience and that is what football is about at this level.
“Every day is a different day where the ball rolls a different way and you have to deal with whatever comes your way. We hope they learn from this.
“Only five Premier League clubs get invited and to be one of those is a big honour.
“Everyone enjoyed the experience but ultimately we came here to win and we didn’t manage to achieve that.”