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Foxes Secure Hong Kong Sevens Crown

Posted: Sun 26 May 2013
Author: Leicester City

Leicester City in Hong Kong

Image by: Garrige Ho/Two Up Front

Leicester City’s youngsters roared to victory in the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank International Soccer Sevens Final with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.

In a rematch of their Group B clash, which Newcastle won 2-0, The Foxes locked horns with the Magpies after dumping out another north-east side, Sunderland, with a 1-0 semi-final win.

But it was to be all so different for the triumphant Foxes this time around, as they surged into a 2-0 lead before half-time - Michael Cain's third minute volley making it 1-0 before a nice finish from Harry Panayioutou doubled the advantage.

Newcastle had no answer for City in the second half, as they saw out the 2-0 win to go one better than last year's Shield Final victory, by claiming the overall prize in impressive fashion.

The team had made it out of a tricky Group B as runners-up on goal difference, having beaten Southern 2-0, sharing the points with HKFC Captain’s Select in a 1-1 draw and being edged out by group winners Newcastle 2-0 on Saturday.

That set up a quarter-final tie with one of the tournament favourites, Aston Villa, however City flew out of the blocks to take a stunning 3-0 lead into half-time of the seven-a-side match.

Jak McCourt scored early on with an unstoppable curling effort into the corner to make it 1-0, before fellow Academy prospect Panayiotou added two more strikes to give City a seemingly unassailable lead.

However in keeping with the exciting football played in the world-famous seven-a-side competition, Villa came back strongly after the break to set up a grandstand finish.

Jack Grealish started the fight back with two goals in two minutes, before Jerell Sellars leveled with two minutes left on the clock, sending the game into extra-time, where teams are reduced to just four players each with the ‘golden goal’ rule coming into play.

Fortunately for The Foxes, they took just 30 seconds of extra-time to find that golden goal, and it came through Academy Player of the Season, Cain, whose neat finish sealed a sudden death victory in dramatic fashion.

That result set up a tough semi-final against another one of the tournament favourites in Sunderland, but the squad of Adam Smith, Alie Sesay, Tom Hopper, Panayiotou, Cain, Eddy Samba, Jacob Blyth, George Taft, Rob Paratore, Jamie Anton and McCourt booked their spot in the final with a 1-0 win.