By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United Under-21s 5 (Inman, Ameobi 2, Richardson 2)
Southern District 0
A five-star performance against Southern District saw Newcastle cruise into the knockout stages of the Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens tournament with a match to spare.
Bradden Inman got the ball rolling before Sammy Ameobi and Michael Richardson grabbed a brace each to give United six points from their opening two Group B games meaning that, while Leicester can still overtake them if they beat the Magpies in their final match, United will definitely be involved in the next stage on Sunday.
Inman pounced to open the scoring after just two minutes before Chung Hon Chee shot narrowly wide for the local team, who had lost 2-0 to Leicester in their previous match.
But that was the closest they came to a goal and the Newcastle were in the driving seat when, after Richardson and Inman had seen efforts blocked, Ameobi tucked away as he continued his blistering form in front of goal.
The England under-21 man then turned creator as he crossed from the right for Richardson to finish emphatically - a just reward for a surging run from the red-haired midfielder at the beginning of the move.
On the stroke of half-time, Ameobi twisted and turned before making it 4-0 and after the break, Richardson finished off a patient move to wrap up the scoring.
Like against Hong Kong Football Club Captain's Select, the Magpies were able to take it easy in the closing stages but they almost got another goal as James Tavernier picked out substitute Rolando Aarons with a great slide-rule pass, only for the Jamaican teenager to be denied by the legs of goalkeeper Lee Yang Xuan.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett (Remie Streete), Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Bradden Inman (Steven Logan), Sammy Ameobi (Rolando Aarons)
Subs not used: None
Photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho/Two Up Front