A year ago both Wallsend Boys Club and Newcastle United performed with credit in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.
In the main competition Newcastle’s young stars qualified in the group stage before meeting FC Seoul in their quarter-final and went out 4-2 despiye two goals from Jamie Holmes.
As for Wallsend Boys Club, they competed in the Masters section and won three of their four group matches to take them into the semi-finals.
They were up against the previous year’s winners USRC and sadly followed the Newcastle youngsters out of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, losing 2-0 and ending north east interest in the competition.
A year later and Newcastle United declined to send a team, despite it having become a regular part of the development of young players at the club.
Soy it was left to Wallsend Boys Club to fly the flag in the masters section.
In Group B, they managed three wins and a draw in their four matches:
Wallsend Boys Club 5 HKFC Chairman’s select 1
Wallsend Boys Club 1 KCC Veterans 1
Wallsend Boys Club 2 Yau Kee League select 0
Wallsend Boys Club 2 Play On Pros 0
This meant Wallsend were group winners with 10 points, 10 goals scored and only two conceded.
In the semi-finals they met runners-up of Group A, HKFC Masters, and the Tyneside outfit won 2-o to send them into the final.
Sunday’s final saw a match up against Citi All Stars who had won Group A – the game living up to its billing.
Sadly, Wallsend Boys Club lost to the odd goal in five, with the Citi All Stars winning 3-2 to take the Masters title.
The main competition saw the likes of Aston Villa, Leicester City, Marseille, Rangers, Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham all represented.
Leicester City ending up as champions after defeating Aston Villa 3-0 in the final.