Macaulay Gillesphey

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

Newcastle United Under-21s 3 (Gillesphey, Olley, Aarons)
Rangers Under-21s 0

Newcastle United are getting better and better as the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank Soccer Sevens go on.

And the Magpies marched into the last four with a convincing victory over Rangers on Sunday morning.

Last year, the Gers had played their part in a thrilling semi-final which Newcastle won 3-2 thanks to a Sammy Ameobi brace and a goal from Michael Richardson but this time around, they were brushed aside by Peter Beardsley's boys.

For the knockout stages, halves last ten minutes rather than seven and United went close inside the first few seconds as Rolando Aarons' low shot was well held by veteran goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

Jonathyn Quinn then saw a long-range effort saved but in the sixth minute, Greg Olley's wonderful pass was matched by a sublime lob from defender Macaulay Gillesphey.

And just before the break, Olley got his own name on the scoresheet as he cut in from the left and finished expertly.

Rangers had threated briefly through Kyle McAusland in the first half and an effort from Barrie McKay dropped just over at the beginning of the second.

But the Magpies always looked capable of soaking up the pressure and even grabbing another so, after Aarons shot just wide, it was no surprise when United grabbed a third.

Substitute Adam Laidler won the ball in midfield and played a one-two with fellow replacement Daniel Barlaser to race in on goal.

The young winger has only had limited opportunities in the Far East so far but was unselfish in squaring for Aarons to tap home his fourth goal of the competition.

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, Callum Williams (sub Ryan McKinnon), Macaulay Gillesphey, Greg Olley, Rolando Aarons, Alex Gilliead (sub Adam Laidler), Jonathyn Quinn (sub Daniel Barlaser)

Subs not used: None

Photo by Power Sport Images for HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens

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