Wallsend Boys Club and Newcastle United have both been knocked out of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.
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).
The final group game saw a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa but both English teams progressed to today’s knockout stages.
Newcastle United played FC Seoul in their quarter-final and went one down before Jamie Holmes equalised for United.
However, their opponents then scored two quick fire goals to make it 3-1 at the break (10 minutes each way), only for Holmes to add a second early in the second-half to give Newcastle brief hope. A fourth goal though for FC Seoul gave them a 4-2 win.
Knocked out of the main competition, Newcastle United dropped down into the semi-finals of the Shield competition against Eastern Sports Club.
Once again United found themselves two down at the break, only for Jack Hunter and Jamie Holmes to level it up in the first three minutes of the second half. Unfortunately, Newcastle couldn’t then capitalise on further chances and Eastern Sports Club won the game 3-2 with a goal in the final seconds.
Wallsend Boys Club were in the Masters section and they won three of their four group matches to take them into Sunday’s knockout stages:
WBC 2 Singapore Cricket Club Tigers 0
WBC 1 Kong Kong Football Club Veterans 0
WBC 1 Yau Lee League Masters 0
WBC 1 Citi All Stars 2
They were up against last year’s winners USRC in the Masters Semi-final and sadly they followed the Newcastle youngsters out of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, losing 2-0 and ending north east interest in the competition.
Congratulations to the two competing teams and safe journey home.
(Earlier we brought you write-up and news of the Wallsend Boys Club team that were competing in the Masters competition.)