Sevens thriller: Newcastle champs again after Bailey's extra-time winner

Sports | May 20, 2019
Newcastle are getting the knack of winning the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens.

In a repeat of last year's final, Newcastle edged out Glasgow Rangers 4-3 in extra time to lift the title for the third time at Hong Kong Football Club.

Captain Owen Bailey scored the winner in the thrilling final for Newcastle, who also won the tournament in 2012.

"We're really happy because we've worked really hard over the weekend, defended really well and got the result we deserve," said Bailey, who was also part of the triumphant 2018 team.

"At 2-0 down at half-time it didn't seem like we had much chance because it's so hard to score in these kind of games, but we got two goals, we got the job done and we've won it again."

Andrew Dallas fired Rangers to a 2-0 first-half lead, but Newcastle battled back thanks to goals from Bailey and Luke Charman.

Elias Sorensen made it 3-2 for Newcastle from the penalty spot but Rangers' Josh McPake forced extra-time, setting the stage for Bailey's dramatic winner.

"I can't remember much about the goal," Bailey said.

"It just came back to me and I thought I'd have a go; thankfully it went in."

Newcastle beat Portugal's Portimonense in the quarter-finals and local side Kitchee in the semi-finals as Ben Dawson's team went unbeaten in six games.

It was the fourth time that Rangers have finished runners-up. They beat two-time champions Leicester City and West Ham in the knockout stage.

Debutants Wolves won the Shield, beating Leicester 2-1 after extra time. Six-time champions Aston Villa took the Plate with a 2-0 victory over Kerry Yau Yee Select.

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