Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s reached the semi-finals of the Main Shield at last weekend’s HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in Hong Kong, but exited the tournament after a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City.
The Seagulls flew out to Hong Kong on Tuesday, and after a few days of acclimatisation and hot-weather training, the action got underway on Saturday morning.
In the 16-team tournament, Albion were joined by Kashima Antlers, Kerry Yau Yee League Select and Newcastle United in Group C.
Albion got off to a disappointing start in the group stage, losing 1-0 to Kashima Antlers in their opening match, but Ryan Longman struck the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Kerry Yau Yee League Select to register points on the board.
A goalless draw against Newcastle United followed, which proved enough to ensure Albion’s progress to the knockout stages of the Main Cup tournament in second place.
After an evening’s rest, Albion returned to action on Sunday for their Main Cup quarter-final against West Ham United, but a 2-0 defeat to the Hammers saw them drop into the Main Shield semi-finals.
Albion fell 2-0 behind against Leicester City in the Main Shield semi-final, but a brilliant finish from Jordan Davies and a George Cox penalty either side of half-time levelled the scores at 2-2.
The Foxes replied instantly to Cox’s spot-kick to go 3-2 ahead, before another goal for the Midlands side booked their place in the final against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves went on to win the Main Shield, while Newcastle United took home the top prize — the Main Cup — and Aston Villa won the Main Plate competition.