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Hong Kong Soccer Sevens draw revealed for young Magpies

Written by Luke Vinton

Newcastle United Under-23s will face Brighton, Kashima Antlers and Yau Lee League Select in the group stages of the Hong Kong Football Club Citi Soccer Sevens in May.

The young Magpies will compete in Group C of the seven-a-side tournament - which the youngsters won in the Happy Valley last year - at the Hong Kong Football Club Stadium between 17th and 19th May.

United are one of eight British clubs set to take part in the 20th edition of the competition, along with Brighton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Aston Villa, West Ham United and Leicester City.

Kashima Antlers ply their trade in the J1 League - Japan's top division - while Hong Kong's Yau Lee League Select reached the quarter-finals of the competition in 2008 and 2012.

Scottish side Rangers, who were beaten by Newcastle in the 2018 final - with Cal Roberts scoring the golden goal to end Newcastle’s six-year wait for their second Citi Soccer Sevens title - will participate in Group D along with Wolves.

Newcastle first won the trophy back in 2012, with a team featuring Paul Dummett, James Tavernier and Lubo Satka, and will head out to Asia once again in their bid to retain the trophy for a third time.

Further details will be announced in due course.

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