By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor
At Hong Kong Football Club
Newcastle United Under-21s 3 (Aarons 2, Olley)
Guangzhou Evergrande 0
Newcastle United reached the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank Soccer Sevens in some style with a 3-0 win over Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Peter Beardsley's side knew that a 2-0 victory would be enough to see them top Group A, having already qualified along with Hong Kong Football Association Under-23s.
But, after a goalless first half, they scored three times in the second period to set up a last eight tie against Rangers on Sunday.
In truth, the Magpies could have been a couple of goals up before the break and should have taken the lead inside the first minute.
Alex Gilliead released Jonathyn Quinn but, with the whole goal to aim at, the forward placed his shot wide.
Rolando Aarons then had a shot parried and gathered at the second attempt by Liu Shi Bo, then the Jamaican was denied again by the Guangzhou goalkeeper.
And Newcastle were almost made to pay when Zou Wei Hao dragged an effort wide when well-placed with the last kick of the first half.
But Aarons gave United a second half lead with a great finish then, after running half the length of the field, scuffed wide.
He quickly responded with his second goal, however, as Gilliead teed him up, before Quinn squandered another decent opportunity.
And in the last minute, Olley danced through to make it 3-0 as the Magpies ended the day on a high.
Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Ryan McKinnon, Callum Williams, Greg Olley, Alex Gilliead, Rolando Aarons (sub Daniel Barlaser), Jonathyn Quinn
Subs not used: Macaulay Gillesphey, Adam Laidler
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