Newcastle United squad for Hong Kong Soccer Sevens confirmed – Try to repeat 2018 win
The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens are back, with Newcastle United looking to defend their title.
This year’s competition takes place this weekend from Friday 17 May to Sunday 19 May.
Newcastle United’s under 23s won the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens in 2012 and then repeated that success in May 2018.
They beat Leicester City in the semis in 2018 and Glasgow Rangers in the final, both matches high drama as United won with a golden goal in both games.
Newcastle winger Victor Fernandez also picked up the payer of the tournament award.
An NUFC squad of 10 has now been confirmed by the organisers.
Good luck to the young NUFC stars in trying to retain the trophy. Games will be available to watch via Youtube (Official HK soccer Seven website is here).
Wallsend Boys Club have a team in the Masters (former players) section which kicks off on the Friday but Newcastle United kick-off on Saturday morning – though the three group matches will be played in early hours UK time as Hong Kong is seven hours ahead.
CONFIRMED @NUFC squad for the 2019 @hksoccer7s . Can they defend their title? @HarkerNathan, @owenbailey4, Kelland Watts, Lewis Cass, Matthew Longstaff, @longelo_10, @EliasFritjof, Tom Allen, Oliver Walters and @LukeCharman_ pic.twitter.com/BAD7LewnLn
— HK Soccer Sevens (@hksoccer7s) May 14, 2019
Newcastle Captain Owen Bailey after winning the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens in May 2018:
“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.”
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