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#1 User is offline   LCFC_FAN_1995

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 01:57 PM

GOING TO ASIA! http://www.lcfc.com/...2769268,00.html


Some of City's promising young professionals will depart for the Far East this Sunday, as they embark on a post-season tour of Thailand and Hong Kong.


Led by Academy Director Jon Rudkin at the invitation of the Club's Thai owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, a squad including Martyn Waghorn, Liam Moore, Tom Hopper and Harry Panayiotou will experience some of the amazing sights of Bangkok, before heading to Hong Kong to compete in the Citibank International HKFC Soccer Sevens.

The group will then return to Bangkok, where they will face a possible friendly against Thai Premier League opposition towards the end of their 11-day trip.

Following their three-day stay in Bangkok, the squad will head to Hong Kong to begin preparations for the HKFC Soccer Sevens, where they will compete against West Ham United, Celtic and a HKFC Captain's Select VII in Saturday's group stages. The knockout stage of the competition takes place the following day (Sunday 20 May).
Other UK-based participants in the tournament include Chelsea, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Rangers.
Their return to Bangkok will see a potential 11-a-side friendly against Thai Premier League opposition on Tuesday 22 May, before the travelling party returns to the UK on Wednesday 23.
Stay logged on to lcfc.com for regular coverage of the tour.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:18 PM

Good tour for them I reckon.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 02:59 PM

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Some of City's promising young professionals will depart for the Far East this Sunday, as they embark on a post-season tour of Thailand and Hong Kong.


Led by Academy Director Jon Rudkin at the invitation of the Club's Thai owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, a squad including Martyn Waghorn, Liam Moore, Tom Hopper and Harry Panayiotou will experience some of the amazing sights of Bangkok, before heading to Hong Kong to compete in the Citibank International HKFC Soccer Sevens.


The group will then return to Bangkok, where they will face a possible friendly against Thai Premier League opposition towards the end of their 11-day trip.


"It will certainly be a different experience for the players," said Jon ahead of the trip this week.


"Experiencing football in a region that is culturally different, playing against a different style and coping with the heat and conditions will all be part of a great opportunity to broaden their education. We're very much looking forward to it.


"It's also a great opportunity for the lads to learn a little bit about King Power - an operation I'm sure they will all be really impressed with."


The visit to Thailand will be the first for a group of players since the first team squad's successful tour in October 2010, where they received an incredible welcome as guests of the Chairman and Vice Chairman.


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Liam Moore and Martyn Waghorn will both be in the squad travelling to Thailand and Hong Kong.


"The owners have obviously put a huge amount into Leicester City, so for us to be able to go over there and learn a bit about Thai culture and how King Power operates before the tournament is a great opportunity," said defender Liam Moore.


"The first team lads that went over a couple of years ago told us how well looked after they were during their trip so we're all looking forward to seeing it. For us young players, it will be an amazing experience."


Following their three-day stay in Bangkok, the squad will head to Hong Kong to begin preparations for the HKFC Soccer Sevens, where they will compete against West Ham United, Celtic and a HKFC Captain's Select VII in Saturday's group stages. The knockout stage of the competition takes place the following day (Sunday 20 May).


Other UK-based participants in the tournament include Chelsea, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Rangers.


Their return to Bangkok will see a potential 11-a-side friendly against Thai Premier League opposition on Tuesday 22 May, before the travelling party returns to the UK on Wednesday 23.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:01 PM

do we do anything :nigel: these days? and well done to waggy, guessing he put his name down for that!
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:02 PM

do we do anything :nigel: these days? and well done to waggy, guessing he put his name down for that!


Wouldn't be surprised to find Pearson advised him to go to gain fitness as well.
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

Conrad Logan is going according to his Tweet.

''30degrees + in hong kong.I could be a puddle in the goals.⛄ in the ☀ #hongkong7s''

Probably because Adam Smith is injured
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Posted 11 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

we'll see the old waghorn from the first season super fit,banging the goals in and teams doubling up on him. He's got to be a starter for me next season, got the right attitude
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:47 AM

I'd be absolutely made up for Waggy if he found his form from his first season, more so just to shut the doubters up.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:58 AM

surprised Logan is going with him out of contract
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:32 AM

I wonder if any of this will be on Thai TV?
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 08:40 AM

Waghorn doesn't need a break and is working on his fitness until July, good move to send him.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 09:27 AM

I can only see this as a very positive thing.
It'll help the young lads to gain some experience of touring, will enhance their fitness and give em all some fun at the same time.
I hope we see one or two of them feature next season....
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

GOING TO ASIA! http://www.lcfc.com/...2769268,00.html



Some of City's promising young professionals will depart for the Far East this Sunday, as they embark on a post-season tour of Thailand and Hong Kong.


Led by Academy Director Jon Rudkin at the invitation of the Club's Thai owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn, a squad including Martyn Waghorn, Liam Moore, Tom Hopper and Harry Panayiotou will experience some of the amazing sights of Bangkok, before heading to Hong Kong to compete in the Citibank International HKFC Soccer Sevens.

The group will then return to Bangkok, where they will face a possible friendly against Thai Premier League opposition towards the end of their 11-day trip.

Following their three-day stay in Bangkok, the squad will head to Hong Kong to begin preparations for the HKFC Soccer Sevens, where they will compete against West Ham United, Celtic and a HKFC Captain's Select VII in Saturday's group stages. The knockout stage of the competition takes place the following day (Sunday 20 May).
Other UK-based participants in the tournament include Chelsea, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Rangers.
Their return to Bangkok will see a potential 11-a-side friendly against Thai Premier League opposition on Tuesday 22 May, before the travelling party returns to the UK on Wednesday 23.
Stay logged on to lcfc.com for regular coverage of the tour.


They can't keep pace with what goes on at the KP.
So what fvcking chance of keeping up half way around the world lol lol lol
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 10:39 PM

Squad:

Conor Brennan, Pierre Larrauri, Conrad Logan, Martyn Waghorn, Tom Parkes, Cian Bolger, Liam Moore, Shane Byrne, Harry Panayiotou, Tom Hopper, Alie Sesay, Joe Jones.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

Sending a load of young, pro footballers for a jolly in Bangkok? This has disaster written all over it.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 12:39 PM

Sending a load of young, pro footballers for a jolly in Bangkok? This has disaster written all over it.

lol
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 11:55 AM

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Academy Director Jon Rudkin says the Club's young professionals will remember this summer's East Asia Tour for the rest of their lives, after receiving an extraordinary welcome in Thailand this week.


Ahead of this weekend's Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament, a squad including the likes of Martyn Waghorn, Conrad Logan, Cian Bolger and Tom Parkes have been taking in the sights of the Thai capital Bangkok, at the invitation of the Club's owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn.


The travelling party departs for Hong Kong on Wednesday for this weekend's competition, before returning to Thailand for a friendly against Thai Premier League outfit Pattaya United on Tuesday.


From the moment they touched down in Bangkok on Monday, the group have enjoyed a packed schedule in the Thai capital, absorbing some Thai culture while beginning to acclimatise to the hot conditions they will be competing in come the weekend.


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Harry Panayiotou arrives at the squad's base in Bangkok.




Monday saw them visit the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha before a pool training session during the day and an evening cruise along the Chao Phraya River.


On Tuesday morning it was down to the business of training at the impressive VR Sports Club, where the players got a first taste of football in the intense East Asia heat they will be combatting in Hong Kong.


That was followed by an afternoon theatre trip to experience a traditional Thai production and an evening attending a Thai boxing event.


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Steve Beaglehole takes Tuesday's training session.





"It's already been a phenomenal experience for the boys," Jon told lcfc.com.


"As soon as we landed on Monday morning, everyone has been so welcoming - not just those associated with the Football Club or King Power, but everyone we have encountered. The Thai culture is just so welcoming - the boys will remember this for the rest of their lives.


"I've been fortunate to have visited before, but visiting some of these historic sights has been a great opportunity for the lads to understand a little bit more about Thai culture.


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Conrad Logan and Pierre Larrauri take in the sights.




"They will also have recognised the status that King Power has as an organisation. They will know about the owners' vision for the Club from what they have experienced at home, but to see what they have developed here in Thailand shows them the potential for Leicester City."


Training has formed an important part of the tour's opening few days, with the players being gently adjusted to both the time difference and the conditions.


Jon added: "We've had to work carefully. After a long journey and a busy morning, we had a light fitness session in the pool, before the full training session at the VR Sports Club, which really is an incredible facility.


"That introduced the players to the pitch dimensions they'll be operating in at the weekend and gave them an idea of what it will be like playing in the 30-degree heat."


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Joey Jones familiarises himself with the locals.





The squad travel to Hong Kong on Wednesday to begin preparations for the weekend's Citibank HKFC Soccer Sevens. The Foxes will be competing in a group alongside West Ham United, Celtic and a HKFC Captain's Select VII, before the competition's knockout stages on Sunday.


The group will then return to Thailand, where they will face Pattaya United at the Dolphins' Nongbru Stadium in Pattaya on Tuesday.


Stay logged on to lcfc.com for updates throughout the tour.



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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:13 AM

Wish I could get over to Hong Kong to see this. Can't get the time off work! And i'm in Hong Kong at the end of June! Bloody hell...
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:49 AM

Anyone know if this is going to be streamed anywhere? I wouldn't mind watching this. I used to live in HK and English football got loads of coverage, especially when teams visited
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:34 AM

Now Sports in Honk Kong have the right to televise the event, not sure whether this will be live or highlights, or if there wil be a live stream
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:39 AM

Sweet, anyone know what days the games are on and what times? with the time difference It could be an awkward one
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:42 AM

VR Sports Club.

Vichai Raksriaksorn?
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:50 AM

http://www.hksoccersevens.com/

Link to info about the tournament. Fair play it looks quality!

Our first game is at 9:34am local time (HK is 9 hours ahead) on Saturday. Love it.
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:20 PM

Remember at school when, if you forgot your PE kit, you had to do it in your vest and pants?

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:41 PM

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Martyn Waghorn joked that he has felt like the father figure at times during a young City squad's tour of East Asia this week.


And the powerhouse striker will be hoping to show he's the daddy this weekend, when the Foxes take part in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.


At just 22, Waghorn has been one of the senior players on the 11-day tour of Thailand and Hong Kong and admits he has enjoyed the responsibility of keeping some of the Club's young professionals in check.


But after an excellent few days of preparations for this weekend's competition, which kicks off with the group stages on Saturday, Waggy reckons every member of the squad is ready show their maturity on the pitch.


"I have felt like the dad of the group sometimes, looking after all the boys!" Waggy told lcfc.com.


"Me and Conny (Conrad Logan) have had a few extra responsibilities as the senior players, making sure the lads are on time for dinner and meetings etc. But everyone's been very professional.


"As the older players in the group, it's important to set the right example and it's nice when the younger lads ask for your advice or for your opinion on something.


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Waghorn and Pierre Larrauri in training this week.


"Everyone's really looking forward to the tournament now. We've trained hard this week to get used to the conditions, the atmosphere around the place is great and everyone's buzzing to get started."


Acclimatising to the conditions has naturally been one of the most important factors of the tour's opening week. After a three-day stay in Bangkok, the squad really stepped up their training regime upon arriving in Hong Kong on Wednesday.


It's been a careful balancing act for the likes of Academy Director Jon Rudkin, Development Coach Steve Beaglehole and first team Sports Scientist Matt Reaves, who have had to carefully prepare the players for the anticipated 30-degree heat.


"Training has been tough because of the conditions," Waggy admitted. "But everyone's been working hard and the boys have really enjoyed it.


"As well as the heat, we've had to get used to the intensity of the seven-a-side format on a pitch that is a different size, but the boys have all adapted brilliantly.


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Waggy and Conrad Logan have taken on the duties of the senior pros during the tour.


"The staff have done a great job on the training sessions, making sure we're working hard enough to be ready for the tournament, but not overworking us in the conditions. The amount of fluid you take on is vital because it would be easy to get dehydrated, but everybody's been on top of that.


"We've also had a chance to train at the venue and it's one of the best 3G surfaces I've ever played on. That gave us all a chance to get used to how the pitch plays and there have been some fans at the sessions too, which has really whetted the appetite."


City will face West Ham United, Celtic and a HKFC Captain's Select VII in Saturday's group stages, before potentially coming up against the likes of Chelsea, Sunderland and Aston Villa in Sunday's knockout phase.


With the tournament competitors being housed in the same hotel, Waghorn says there have been plenty of opportunities to size up the opposition and has backed the Foxes to make the most of facing some of the world's elite young talent.


"We're all staying in the same hotel, eating at the same times, seeing a lot of each other and we've managed to watch some of the other clubs training as well, so there's a great atmosphere around the place," he said.


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City's touring squad prepare for the Hong Kong Sevens.


"There are some big clubs here and it will be a great experience for all of us to play against some of their best young players.


"We'd obviously like to win the tournament, but it's a great opportunity for us to experience a different environment and play against some high-quality opposition as well.


"For me personally, I'm hoping to use the trip as a chance to get my fitness up, get some more match time under my belt and start preparing for next season, so there could be a lot of positives to come out of it."


Stay logged on to lcfc.com for further coverage of the tour, including this weekend's tournament plus Tuesday's friendly against Thai Premier League side Pattaya United.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 11:00 PM

What are the times for the games over here?
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:37 AM

Opening game Leicester 1 - 0 west ham. Come on you foxes
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:57 AM

The second game just finished against Celtic ending in a 1 all draw. Leaving us and Celtic on 4 points west ham on 3 points. After both Celtic and West Ham had 3-0 wins over HKFC captins team. We should also comfortably beat HKFC giving us a place in the quarter finals most Lilkely against Newcastle or Villa
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:24 AM

A good days work complete with a 2-0 win over HKFC. Meaning we are in the quarter finals tomorrow. Hopefully west ham can either beat or get a point off Celtic so we can take the group and an easier quarter final. Well done city!
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:38 AM

A 1-1 draw between the hammers and the Bhoys, means we top the group!!
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 06:43 AM

Bet they can't wait to get to Pattaya.
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:23 AM

How can they play and 11 a side game next week with the squad they have out there?
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:00 AM

How can they play and 11 a side game next week with the squad they have out there?

They have subs as well, theres 12 of them out there

Edited by Lambert09, 19 May 2012 - 11:02 AM.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:04 AM

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City's youngsters made an excellent start to their Hong Kong Sevens challenge on Saturday, as they advanced into Sunday's knockout stages as group winners.


Two wins and a draw from their three group fixtures in the Happy Valley was an impressive return from the Foxes, who are competing in the competition for the first time, as they battled sweltering heat and tough opposition to stamp their authority on Group B.


A Martyn Waghorn goal was enough to give City a 1-0 win over West Ham United in their opening fixture, before Tom Parkes and Tom Hopper hit the target in a 2-0 victory over a HKFC Captain's Select VII. They concluded the opening day with a 1-1 draw against 2011 finalists Celtic - Liam Moore the Foxes' fourth different scorer of the competition already.


Topping the group sends City in the quarter-finals of Sunday's cup competition alongside Celtic, where they will meet the runners-up in Group D, which contains Newcastle United, Aston Villa, HKFA Dragons and tournament hosts Hong Kong Football Club. The knockout stages also see the length of games increase from seven minutes each way, to ten.


"It's been a terrific day," Academy Director Jon Rudkin told lcfc.com.


"Given that this is the boys' first experience of the competitive seven-a-side format, they deserve a lot of credit for how quickly they have adapted, particularly against West Ham, who are one of the leading contenders, and Celtic, who reached last year's final.


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Tom Hopper scored in the win over HKFC Captain's Select.


"The games have been action-packed and played in near 36-degree heat, which has been a challenge in itself, but the boys have used their heads when it comes to using the ball and come out of it as group winners. It's been hot, humid and we've had heavy rain at times, but every team has had to adapt.


"The facility here at Hong Kong Football Club is outstanding and the standard of football has matched it. There are some well-established players here with various clubs, along with younger ones tasting this kind of experience for the first time.


"It's a fantastic tournament and we'll try to go as far as we can in it on Sunday."


Stay logged on to lcfc.com for the latest on City's progress in the competition on Sunday and throughout the tour of East Asia.


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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

They have subs as well, theres 12 of them out there

Two keepers In that though.. Sub being other keeper..
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:11 PM

Two keepers In that though.. Sub being other keeper..


It wont be a full length game, I guess they will play with the keeper on the pitch if someone gets injured
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Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:12 PM

Villa OS


By Dan Harrison in Hong Kong


Villa will meet Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong International Soccer Sevens after two wins and a defeat on day one saw them finish second in Group D.


Daniel Johnson and Connor Taylor were the stars of the opening day with two goals each as Sean Verity's men beat Hong Kong FC 2-1 and HKFA Dragons 3-1.


But the boys in claret and blue were edged out 1-0 by Newcastle in the group decider.


It means Villa are set to meet Group B winners Leicester City in the last eight on Sunday [kick-off 11.50am Hong Kong/4.50am UK].


Johnson and Josh Barton got Villa off to a winning start against host team Hong Kong FC.


Northern Irish winger Barton despatched Courtney Cameron's neat cutback with a powerful half-volley to open Villa's account for the tournament after five minutes.


And Johnson made it two with a superb run inside from the left before delicately lifting the ball over the keeper from a tight angle.


Villa dominated possession and had further opportunities with Barton and Johnson both striking the woodwork.


Martin Rainer managed to beat Benjamin Siegrist from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 with the last kick of the match.


Verity's side made an explosive start to game two against HKFA Dragons.


Johnson and Connor Taylor combined brilliantly to give the team a three-goal advantage after just five minutes.


With two minutes on the clock, Taylor won possession on the left and reached Johnson with an in-field pass.


The Jamaican-born midfielder expertly controlled before slotting under the goalkeeper.


On four minutes, Taylor cut in from the left flank again and found the bottom corner with a low drive from the edge of the box.


Striker Taylor quickly doubled his tally with a close-range tap-in after a stunning run by Johnson from the half-way line.


The Dragons scored a consolation shortly after the restart when Fong Park Lun's long-range shot went through a crowd of players and found its way into the net.


Both Villa and Newcastle went into the final game with qualification already secured, although top spot in Group D was still up for grabs.


The claret and blues started brightly - Johnson forcing keeper Jak Alnwick to make a save while Courtney Cameron just missed the target with a curling effort.


But the Magpies should have taken a first-half lead when Ryan Maddison's shot hit the foot of the post.


Three minutes into the second-half, Jonathan Hooper found space in the Villa box to slot home the only goal of the contest.


Elsewhere in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens, Celtic, Rangers, Sunderland, Yau Yee League Select and Chelsea qualified for the quarter-finals, but West Ham and holders Kitchee were eliminated.


VILLA SQUAD: Siegrist, Nelson-Addy, Caira, Cameron, Johnson, Barton, Taylor, Grealish, Lewis, Webb.


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Posted 20 May 2012 - 04:20 AM

Out in a thrilling game against Villa, City took a 2-0 (Waghorn and Parkes) lead before villa came back with a penalty and a very well taken goal, the game moved into extra time. In extra time it turned into a true school boy game golden goal, 4 a-side. with rush keepers.
Unlucky for us Villa grabbed the golden goal.

But if we are looking for a good loan signing for next season Daniel Johnson of Villa was pure class. scored two goals quick as lightning.

Leicester now move into the shield to play against Yau Yee League select.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:56 AM

Beat Yau Lee League Select 2-0.
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Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:21 AM

Good win into the shield final against chelski
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