Jak Alnwick and Paul Dummett against Leicester - photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho and Two Up Front

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Inman, Tavernier)
Leicester City Under-21s 0

Both sides progressed to the quarter-finals of the Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens - but Newcastle did so as Group B winners thanks to a third straight victory.

The Magpies will now face local side Citizen on Sunday in the last eight after goals from Bradden Inman and James Tavernier in their final group fixture, and they have yet to concede a goal while scoring nine in three games.

Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley again named an unchanged team and it took less than a minute for them to take the lead against the Foxes, who had picked up four points from their opening two games.

Paul Dummett burst down the left and crossed low for Inman to slot home his second of the competition.

At the other end, Jak Alnwick was called into action to keep out Thomas Hopper's shot but it was soon 2-0 when skipper Tavernier slid a well-placed shot beyond Adam Smith.

In the second half, he saw the goalkeeper parry his shot away after a strong run at the defence while Michael Cain curled a free-kick off target.

But United rarely looked in danger against a strong, physical outfit, and in the end Leicester were happy enough not to concede a third goal, which could have seen them pipped to a place in the knockout stages by Hong Kong Football Club Captain's Select.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier (Steven Logan), Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Bradden Inman (Rolando Aarons), Sammy Ameobi (Remie Streete)

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Photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho/Two Up Front