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Newcastle United golden goal wins Hong Kong Soccer Sevens after brilliant fightback

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Newcastle United reached the final of the 2019 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens this weekend, playing five games without conceding a goal.

Sunday’s final was against Glasgow Rangers, who they beat in 2018 to win the trophy with a golden game in added time last May.

Glasgow Rangers beat West Ham 1-0 in their semi-final earlier today and the Magpies defeated local side Kitchee.

If Newcastle were successful, it would be the third time they have lifted the trophy after previous success in 2012 and 2018.

An NUFC squad of 10 travelled – Harker, Bailey, Watts, Cass, (M) Longstaff, Longelo, Sorensen, Allan, Walters, Charman

(Group games were seven minutes each way, rising to 10 minutes each way in Sunday’s knockout games)

However, after not conceding in five games leading up to the final, Newcastle quickly found themselves two down to Rangers.

A tough ask but two goals in a minute in the second half brought Newcastle level.

A superb header from captain Owen Bailey via a corner, then Charman hitting the post and the ball rebounding off the keeper into the net.

Elias Sorensen looked to have won it with a penalty after a push on Longelo, only for Rangers to equalise in the last minute.

Golden Goal followed after normal time was up, the two teams reduced to four players each to help bring about a result.

It was captain Owen Bailey once again stepping up to the plate, an excellent right foot effort from the edge of the box winning the match and the trophy.

A great effort from all involved.

NEWCASTLE UNITED RESULTS

GROUP GAMES

Newcastle United 1 Kerry Yau Yee League Select 0

Newcastle United 1 Kashima Antlers 0

Newcastle United 0 Brighton 0

QUARTER-FINAL

Newcastle United 2 Portimonense 0

SEMI-FINAL

Newcastle United 2 v Kitchee 0

FINAL

Newcastle 4 Rangers 3 (NUFC Golden Goal in added time)

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