Bradden Inman against Leicester - photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho and Two Up Front

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United Under-21s 0
Leicester City Under-21s 2 (Cain, Panayioutou)

Newcastle United were beaten in the final of the Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens as Leicester City inflicted revenge for Saturday's group defeat at the hands of the Magpies.

Having scored 14 goals and conceded only two to reach this stage, Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side were made to pay for a poor start as the Foxes won the tournament for the first time in their history.

Just a day earlier, Newcastle had brushed the Midlanders aside with a 2-0 win but on the big stage, in front of the expectant Far Eastern fans, they were beaten by a powerful City outfit.

Paul Dummett was first to try his luck as his piledriver tested Adam Smith, but in the third minute Thomas Hopper crossed and Michael Cain produced a fine volley to beat Jak Alnwick.

Then, after Michael Richardson prodded just wide for United, 18-year-old Harry Panayioutou doubled Leicester's advantage after Cain's pass.

The Magpies rallied, with Conor Newton seeing a shot deflected wide and Bradden Inman first having a weak shot save, then unable to beat Smith after Newton's burst through the middle.

Jak McCourt should have wrapped the game up at the beginning of the second half after rounding Alnwick but then blazing wide of the empty net, and United could have made them pay when Sammy Ameobi floated the ball towards Richardson at the far post, but the midfielder failed to connect properly.

As Newcastle began to take risks, George Taft brought the best out of Alnwick before Dummett shot wide, Ameobi had an effort bravely blocked by a defender and Inman dragged an effort the wrong side of the post.

But as the minutes ticked by, a black and white comeback began to look increasingly unlikely and it was Leicester who got their name on the trophy which the Magpies lifted last year.

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

Subs not used:
Remie Streete, Steven Logan

Photograph courtesy of Garrige Ho/Two Up Front