Newcastle Win HKFC International Soccer Sevens Tournament


Newcastle Reserves have won a prestigious international sevens tournament in Hong Kong today.

Adam Campbell  challenges with Villa defender in sevens final

Newcastle have won the HKFC International Soccer Sevens tournament, and it was the first time they have entered the competition.

Newcastle won their qualifying group yesterday by beating HKFA Dragons, HKFC and Aston Villa, and then they beat Celtic 2-1 in today’s quarter-final.

Aston Villa has previously won the tournament five times but Newcastle beat them 1-0 in what was an exciting game in the group stages.

The semi-final saw our lads drawn against their local rivals Sunderland, but it was a late goal from the impressive North Shields local striker, Adam Campbell, that took the young Magpies through to the final.

And their opponents were Aston Villa, who Newcastle had already beaten in the qualifying rounds.

And to prove it was no fluke Newcastle won a thrilling final 2-1, with goals from Adam Campbell and Australian Brad Inman, before Villa pulled one back late in the game, though an own goal by Paul Dummett.

The Newcastle Development manager Willie Donachie had this to say after the final:

“This is unbelievable,” “I thought we would struggle to win a game because we had such a young team, but the players have done exceptionally well, they showed a lot of discipline and they worked hard for each other.”

“I’ve learned a lot about these players by bringing them to Hong Kong. You see so much more about their character, their will to win and how they adapt to different situations.”

“I saw Villa training and thought they would be a threat, and yet we’ve beaten them twice, which is great credit to the players”  “We’d love to come back,” “This has been a wonderful tournament for the players and staff.”

The Newcastle captain was James Tavernier, who is expected to push for a first team place next season, and James had this to say after the final:

“We stuck together as team,” “The weather has been a challenge and it was a new format for us, but we’ve done well to adapt.”

“It’s been a brilliant trip for us. We’re privileged to have been invited and it’s been fantastic to come out to Hong Kong, meet the fans here and show them what Newcastle United is all about. I think we’ve shown we have some talent in the club.”

“The seven-a-side format took some getting used to but we learned from our first match. We’ve won all our games and we’ve only conceded two goals all tournament, so we’re very happy.”

The Newcastle Development squad that participated in the tournament was as follows:

Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Lubomir Satka, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele, Marcus Maddison, JJ Hooper, Adam Campbell, Brad Inman.

Congratulations to the young Magpies for winning the tournament at their very first attempt, and I know our readers in Hong Kong are very pleased with the result, from the emails I have received about this today.

Well done lads!!

Comments welcome.



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135 comments so far

  • nufc786

    May 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #1

    well done to the lads there, 7 aside proves more technical abilty than ur 11 aside matches were alot of physicality is taught

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  • tarie4

    May 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Good evening lads

    on the simmo debate, I have to agree with WWYCD simmo is the best right back we have in the team, can we do better than him, Ofcourse we can, but simmo is better than raylor and perch.. And I would rather keep simmo than perch tbh
    However, I think simmo is definitely leaving, read an article about him today in the paper and he was saying he is not greedy but wants to be on par with other players, and considering he has been a regular for us this season U can sympathize with that, because probably Santon is on more money than him..but has not been a starter all season. So I do get where he is coming from.
    But the way I see it, why pay simmo 35-40k a week, wen U can sell him, and pay lets say clyne that, yes he is less experienced than simmo at top level football, but he has more potential than simmo, and from a Business point of view, that is very good business,
    this is the same with nolan and cabaye.last summer, why pay nolan 40-60 k, when U can pay that for cabaye,

    I believe with this strategy we will become a top top team.. And reading the mirror that is what the Liverpool owners want to introduce at Liverpool, wonder how their fans are taking it, after all, they were going to sign hulk, hazard, munian and cavani in the summer 😉

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  • tarie4

    May 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #3

    well done to the lads, represented us well over there..

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  • tarie4

    May 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    and simmo is not a championship player at best, he could walk into most teams in this division….the likes of qpr, westbrom etc, yes a step down, but he is definitely premier league quality..

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  • pbNcl

    May 20, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #5

    We are really making progress on all levels

    These are the times that we all deserve

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  • Toon Tang

    May 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #6

    up your arse villa . trying to monopolize the tournament were ya ? not on my watch

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  • dmac

    May 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone have any highlights? Please link.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #8

    tarie4

    sorry, but simpsom is the 3rd best rb at newcastle

    1st for me would be santon rb fergy lb

    2nd choice would be raylor, he isnt a bad defender, but uses the ball much better, he also adds added threat from set pieces

    simpson, gets caught out to many times, he does his job on corners where most of his goal line clearences have been

    perch is not much better, he gets a nose bleed when he goes over the half way line, good tackler though, both are only 1 trick ponys

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  • catchy in norway

    May 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #9

    simpson would struggle to get get in any team in the prem that is not a yoyo club,

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  • pbNcl

    May 20, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Perchinio can’t be called a 1 trick pony, he’s played in about 4 different positions! And comfortably I may add

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11

    catchy

    I think he’d get into any team from 9th downwards.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Why would Pardew play Simpson in very game if he’s the 3rd best RB at the club? Come on now…

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  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I simply struggle to cope with how people rate Simmo as IMO he offers not a lot, short ,slow, no composure, lacks technique, crossings cack, not overly physical and lacks confidence,backs off most wingers, Ben Arfa has to Babysit, all the trademarks of someone who deserves a new 5 year contract, NOT.

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  • pbNcl

    May 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Na simpson is a good defender, he has done his job. We are moving upwards very quickly and need to upgrade and we have the ability to do so. You can only field 11 players. This aint simmo’s fault, he’s barely put a foot wrong. We should respect his contribution. Not boot him out the door that’s wrong. He deserves first team football and he will get it. Just not here on the regular

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  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS – is that 9th in the championship, because i dont think he wud get in middlesbroughs team, they have Joe bennett, England U21, would he dislodge clyne from Crystal Palace, Nope,
    Personally if he played for any PL team the fans would say he could be improved upon, he wud be a weak link in any PL side.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #16

    pbNcl

    Good post.

    There’s a common theme on this blog, of claiming players aren’t good enough for the top flight, just because they’re not CL quality.

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  • ricky90

    May 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Yussuf Mulumbu just posted this on twitter

    Chelsea, Liverpool or Newcastle next season…

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  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #18

    The lad is Joey and Kevs pal and obviously has delusions of grandeour, he knows what his mates earn elsewhere, he has no allegiance to the Toon, he is a Manc, we are just another club to him, we pay him his money and he is happy, we dont he moves, shut the door on the way out son.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Just because two championship teams have good young RB’s, doesnt mean every team above them does.

    Norwich, Swansea, West Brom, West Ham, Southampton, Reading, Stoke, Fulham.

    Are you telling me that those teams definitely have better RB’s than Simpson? Come on, give the lad a break.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Evening lads,

    First off gutted to see Chelksi win it on the other hand we just smashed the CL champions in London 2:0 😀

    I am in Italy at the moment chatting to lots of fans here of local clubs. I particularly respect Napoli and like them in the Seria A. Chatted to one of the fans….and he has a very good point. He said they suffered greatly this season cause of CL.

    They simply did not have the squad depth required. You are looking at 7 players that are set to rotate and each is good as the previous one. Their players got tired and really dipped end season wich is a real pitty as they lost the third place found themselves ending 5th.

    This is VERY applicable to Newcastle next season. I really hope Ash knows this…unfortunatelly the mentality of just 3 players in wont be any good if we want to even MATCH the form of this season as we will have EUROPA league and the cups to play…

    We are looking at getting atleast 5 players in tbh without losing anybody.

    My take is we will need competition for the back four….and competition in the CM and competition up front.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #21

    pb ncl

    sorry, i have to disagree, perch is deff a one trick pony

    he can tackle and that is it, his passing is very poor, his choices are poor when he gets over the half way line

    i would hate to think he was our first choice CB, or RB, or DM, simply not good enough,

    he never let us down towards the end of the season nor did willamson or simpson, but i think we had better players there to do the jobs other than CB, id be panicking if he was our first choice CB,

    as i said santon should have played RB ferg LB, guthrie would have been a much better choice in MF or DMF,

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  • Toon1978

    May 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #22
  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #23

    No i would say that Gosling and Raylor and Obertan could play PL football for many other clubs, however not sure whether they are gud enough for where we want to be, Simpson will play the rest of his career in the Championship IMHO, thats the difference.

    I really dont rate the lad (not sure whether you have picked that up), dont even think he was that gud for us in our championship year.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #24

    On the simmo thing…

    I think he is a SOLID DEFENSIVE RB….not a good RB going foward and a RB not really skilled with the ball 8 out of 10 times he prefers to boot the ball instead of look to start a move forward….

    That is just the way he is I suppose but he is not atrocious, to me he is not great, I think he is a hard worker.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    May 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Bennett’s a left back.

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  • tarie4

    May 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #26

    catchy in norway

    So the manger of the season, decided that it would be better to field simmo the 3rd best defender in the team for nearly every game ahead of no 1 and 2?? I am sorry but that is utter garbage, simmo is the best right back in the team, can we do better, Ofcourse we can, but he is the best right back we have in the squad at the moment.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Of all the players this season one player I am most dissapointed is Obertan.

    He hasnt really grasped the chance up front on the wing whilst HBA was out of form cause of the fitness and to be honest I cant see him seeing most of the first team action but more of cups, smaller games etc….

    Question is do we want that.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #28

    See Eden Hazard has his 2nd of the game so far for Lille his last game as a Lille player he’s leaving a lasting impression so far 3-1 30mins played

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  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #29

    TDS – dont think Simpson is any better than any of those teams RB’s, thats my point really.

    Simmo does seem a nice enough lad and i hope he gets the contract he wants, but let that please be at another club.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #30

    TDS

    its not about good enough for champions league, its about players that give you more than one option,

    defenders should be able to help attack as well as defend,
    LB/RB should help with the wingers, wingers should help with the LB/RB
    CBs should be able to score from set peices

    this is where NUFC have been short this season

    jonas spends to much time defending now, his attacking is now very poor,
    santon came on leaps and bounds played the ball on the floor

    COLO and williamson both dont attack set peices and when they do, you never get the feeling they will score the way you do when saylor is in the team

    simpson, is only just better than obertan at crossing,

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  • yorkshireToon

    May 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #31

    I just checked lads, Simpsons better than clyne on FIFA so probably wouldn’t be good getting him.. Clyne is faster though.. Ha id say that’s a grade above wises’ Scouting teckers

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  • tarie4

    May 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #32

    check the toastie
    simmo will play the rest of his career in the championship??? Are U sure about that?
    Simmo is refusing to sign a reported 25 grand a week contract, did U ask urself why?? Its coz his agent has already lined him up with another club willing to pay more than us..a a premier league team, if they weren’t any teams lining up to buy him, he would have signed a 10k contract even..
    Simmo is premier league quality, but I do respect a mans opinion even though I might not agree with it…so ya.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #33

    I agree with most of what you said Catchy

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  • catchy in norway

    May 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #34

    tarie

    all i can say is pardew may be manger of the season, but he still played obertan many times with very little pay back from the kid,

    he also seemed to bottle it when ba AND tiote where away, we played very defensive, as if he had no trust in best or bambie, and that you can not argue

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Catchy

    I think that a striker from Europe is REALLY necessary next season as BOTH Cisses will be off to the AFCON….

    We cant afford to play with our lives next season as Chelski will be high now that they took the CL….so on form presumably, the scousers too who knows….we really need to outbuy and outsmart the opposition again…

    But I think with HBA coming into form this season it has changed us completely as an attacking side…

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    May 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #36

    watching the match gotta say, inman tav and campbell really impressing me

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  • dmac

    May 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #37

    @22 thanks mate. I have high hopes for Adam Campbell he reminds me of before Michael Owen was rubbish

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  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Micheal Owen was dynamite, playing for england at campbells age, think we go a bit overboard at times, Campbell doesnt even seem that pacy. Think sometimes we will these lads to be better than they are, than crucify them when they dont live up to deluded opinions..

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  • dmac

    May 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #39

    The lad with dreds for villa looks decent 2

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  • xmindcrimex

    May 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #40

    About Adam Campbell…. It’s no wonder people have high hopes for him.

    Taken from nufc.co.uk

    “Although long-regarded inside the club as a massive talent, the flame-haired forward enhanced his reputation at the Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals in the summer of 2010, where he won the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. Previous winners of that prestigious honour include Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and Carlos Tevez.”

    Of course, anything can happen, but he’s indeed someone to look out for.

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