Newcastle’s Hong Kong Soccer Sevens ends with disaster in semi-final
This weekend has seen Newcastle United once again take part in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament.
United featured in group matches on Saturday against Singapore Cricket Club, BC Rangers (Hong Kong) and Leicester City.
For United the 2015 squad was: Bartlett, Sterry, Laidler, Williams, Roberts, Heardman, Barlaser, Gilliead, Gillesphey, Smith and Hunter.
Saturday’s group matches saw NUFC cruise through to the knockout stage without conceding a goal.
Goals from Alex Gilliead and Callum Roberts (2) gave NUFC a 3-0 win over Singapore Cricket Club in their opening match.
This was followed by a goalless draw against local side BC Rangers.
Then another goal from Callum Roberts was enough to beat Leicester and with two wins and a draw, Newcastle the moved through to Sunday and faced Aston Villa for a place in the semi-finals.
Callum Roberts made it four goals in the competition and another from Adam Laidler handed Newcastle a 2-0 victory over Villa.
West Ham then stood between NUFC and a place in the final.
Ironically, after not conceding a single goal in a faultless four matches, disaster struck for United keeper Adam Bartlett.
Afer letting in his first goal of the competition after four minutes, within 60 seconds Bartlett found himself sent off for bringing on eof teh Hammers down outside the box.
Barlaser took over in goal and United reached half-time only the one goal down.
A few minutes into the second half and remarkably Jamie Sterry gave Newcastle a lifeline with a equaliser, despite being a man down. However, two goals in quick succession then ended the contest in favour of West Ham against six man Newcastle.
Well done to the Newcastle squad who travelled and especially Callum Roberts who was the stand out player for United with his four goals.
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