Greg Olley


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Hong Kong Football Club

Newcastle United Under-21s 0
Hong Kong Football Association Under-23s 0

Captain Jak Alnwick came to Newcastle's rescue as the Magpies were made to work in the Far Eastern heat for a point against the Hong Kong FA's under-23 team.

Both sides had won their first game of the competition and it was Peter Beardsley's outfit who started the brighter, with Rolando Aarons sending a half-volley inches wide after two minutes.

However, the home side roared back and almost took the lead when Ka Yiu Lee found space in the box but was denied by a superb block from United's goalkeeper.

And the same player was thwarted by Alnwick early in the second half as Emmet Cun Wan slipped the ball to Lee but Newcastle's number one again got his angles right.

Beardsley had made three changes to the side which beat Hong Kong Football Club in the opening match, with Greg Olley, Daniel Barlaser and Adam Laidler coming in for Alex Gilliead, Ryan McKinnon and Jonathyn Quinn.

Wai Wong had two great opportunities but fired over on both occasions before United began to threaten again at the other end, with Macaulay Gillesphey drilling just off target.

Then, after Kwun Chung Leung had turned and shot wide, Gillesphey picked out Aarons with a wonderful cross but the Jamaican's header was too close to Yu Ming Chiu in the Hong Kong goal.

Yet while that was a decent save, the true star of the show was his opposite number, Alnwick.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Callum Williams, Macaulay Gillesphey, Greg Olley, Daniel Barlaser, Adam Laidler, Rolando Aarons.

Subs not used: Ryan McKinnon, Alex Gilliead, Jonathyn Quinn

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