By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Ameobi 2)
Hong Kong Football Club Captain's Select 0
Reigning champions Newcastle United made a winning start to their defence of the Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens thanks to a brace from Sammy Ameobi.
The England under-21 international netted twice in the first half to give the Magpies a comfortable victory in their opening Group B match on Saturday afternoon local time.
With Leicester having seen off Southern District in the other group game, the pressure was on Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side to pick up three points but the result never looked in doubt as United dominated.
Ameobi was busy throughout, picking out Michael Richardson in the opening exchanges only for the midfielder to sidefoot wide, then teeing up Bradden Inman who shot straight at Issey Mahalo.
Then in the fourth minute of the seven-minute half, Conor Newton won the ball to start a flowing move which resulted in Inman cutting the ball back for Ameobi to tap home.
And three minutes later. after Alnwick had made a comfortable save from Michael Hampshire's attempted lob, Tavernier slid the ball to Ameobi who took a touch to steady himself before blasting home from close range.
Richardson sent a curling effort at Mahalo before the break and after it, Paul Dummett somehow headed wide from Tavernier's pin-point right-wing cross.
Substitute Rolando Aarons saw a low shot flash across goal but Newcastle were able to ease off in the closing stages ahead of their second game, against Southern District.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson (Steven Logan), Conor Newton (Remie Streete), Bradden Inman, Sammy Ameobi (Rolando Aarons)
Subs not used: None
Photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho/Two Up Front