Earlier today, Newcastle United won the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.

NUFC winning the competition for a second time, having earlier triumphed in 2012.

The Newcastle Under 23 team came through the group stages on Saturday with two draws and a win, then kicked off in the quarter-finals on Sunday morning.

In winning the competition, United didn’t manage to win any of their games in normal time today.

Beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 7-6 on penalties, before then winning on a golden goal in both semis and final, having drawn 3-3 with Leicester and then 0-0 with Glasgow Rangers in the final.

As well as taking home the trophy Newcastle have also picked up the top individual award.

Victor Fernandez turned 20 earlier this month and his trickery on the ball was exceptional in this competition, so no wonder he has been named player of the tournament in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.

Newcastle Captain Owen Bailey:

“All the lads are buzzing.

 “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 season.”