Daniel Barlaser

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

Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Aarons, Barlaser)
Kitchee 3 (Annan, Tarres Paramo 2)

Despite surging into two-goal lead, Newcastle's hopes of reaching the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank Soccer Sevens final for a third successive season were ended by Kitchee.

Rolando Aarons and Daniel Barlaser put United in the driving seat in this thrilling semi-final.

But the local side - backed by their vocal supporters - battled back to force extra time and then won with a golden goal strike from Jorge Tarres Paramo.

Aarons netted his fifth goal of the competition after working a one-two with Macaulay Gillesphey and firing home from a narrow angle.

Huang Yang fired narrowly over after a great run before United made it 2-0 as Barlaser exchanged passes with Greg Olley and sidefooted past Guo Jianqiao.

But Kitchee kept on going, with Tarres Paramo shooting just wide and Lo Kwan Yee sending an ambitious lob off target, and Christian Kwesi Annan pulled one back on the stroke of half time after twice being denied by Jak Alnwick.

Then at the beginning of the second half, Tarres Parama equalised from Annan's pass.

Only a superb challenge from Callum Williams denied Yang, then Alnwick made an excellent sprawling save to frustrate Lam Ka Wai.

And after surviving that onslaught, Newcastle seemed the more likely winners with substitute Jonathyn Quinn's goalbound shot deflected over and Gillesphey seeing a header saved.

The Magpies then broke well through Greg Olley but Aarons fluffed his lines in front of goal and Peter Beardsley's side were again grateful to Williams for a vital goal-line clearance in the dying seconds.

Both teams went down to four players for sudden death extra time and Williams broke through but shot wide inside the first of the additional minutes.

And that proved costly as Tarres Paramo smashed the winner beyond Alnwick to break Newcastle's hearts in Hong Kong.

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

Subs not used: Ryan McKinnon, Adam Laidler

Photo by Power Sport Images for HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens

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