Leicester City's youngsters roared to victory in the Hong Kong Football Club Citibank International Soccer Sevens with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the final. In a rematch of their Group B clash, which Newcastle won 2-0, City locked horns with the Magpies following a 1-0 semi-final victory over another north-east side, Sunderland. But it was to be all so different this time around, as they surged into a 2-0 lead before half-time - Michael Cain's third-minute volley giving them an early lead before 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 City, they took just 30 seconds of extra-time to find that decisive strike, and it came through the academy's 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.
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