Last Year: Hong Kong Soccer Sevens

by Stuart Vose

We look back on Black Cats' Sevens campaign last time around.

Members of Sunderland’s development squad will kick off their challenge for the 2014 Hong Kong Soccer Sevens trophy on Saturday.

A 10-man squad has arrived in the Far East ahead of the tournament, with Sunderland having been regular fixtures in recent years.

Indeed, the last three Soccer Sevens events have all seen the Black Cats reach the semi-finals.

Last year’s squad were denied a place in the final by Leicester City, who went on to lift the trophy for the first time.

The 2013 group games were played amidst heavy rain, with proceedings disrupted before matches eventually resumed.

Sunderland kicked off with a 1-1 draw against Singapore Cricket Club before beating Yau Yee 5-0 in their second group game of the day.

With the Black Cats neck and neck with Barclays Premier League counterparts Manchester City at the top of Group A, the clash of the two English clubs would decide the winners, with City eventually taking a 2-0 victory.

Kevin Ball’s side still qualified in second place and faced South China in the last eight the following day, running out 2-1 winners in searing heat.

However, the youngsters suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leicester in the semi-finals, with the Foxes claiming the silverware by beating Newcastle in the final.

Two members of last season’s squad – Scott Harrison and David Ferguson – return with the Black Cats this year.

The tournament kicks off this Saturday with Sunderland set to take on Chelsea, local side Kitchee and a Hong Kong FC Captain’s Select side.

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