'Proud' Owen Bailey reacts to Newcastle's Hong Kong trophy win

Owen Bailey told of his "pride" after captaining Newcastle United's Under-23s to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens title.

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 10:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd May 2018, 10:11 am
Owen Bailey (Pic: HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens)

Callum Roberts netted a late winner to give the club a 1-0 win over Rangers in a dramatic final in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The 21-year-old's strike gave Newcastle, coached by Ben Dawson, a sudden death win, with the game having gone to an extra period.

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"I couldn't be prouder of the lads," said defender Bailey. "We gave it everything. We didn't get as many wins as we'd like, but I was just proud of the boys.

"I was proud of the boys once again. We knew the ability all the boys had. We knew that we had a good shape.

"Ben's set us up and drilled us, so we knew what we were coming into. I didn't expect to come away with a trophy, but we know that we had a chance. I'm just so proud. We'll get a good rest and look forawrd to next season."

Victor Fernandez, 20, was named the player of the tournament for his displays in Happy Valley.

Newcastle's players celebrate their win (Pic: HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens)

Newcastle had beaten Kashima Antlers and Leicester City in the knockout stages to book a place in the final.

United had last won the tournament in 2012.