A promising Cumbrian footballer has been representing Newcastle United in the Hong Kong Sevens.

Carlisle-born Johnny Emerson, 18, was part of the Magpies' under-21 squad that took part in the tournament.

The Scotland youth international winger was involved in games against Tai Po, Leicester City and Singapore Cricket club.

Newcastle came through the group stage, with Emerson scoring in the 1-1 draw with Leicester.

But they fell short in the quarter-finals of the Main Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by Hong Kong Rangers.

They then went down to a 3-2 defeat against Rangers in the Main Shield semi-final.

Carlisle-born Emerson was in the Magpies' ten-man squad for the annual tournament, in which Newcastle have taken part several times over the years.

The William Howard School (Brampton) boy played youth football at Annan Athletic and Queen of the South.

He was snapped up by Newcastle from the latter's academy in 2019 when Emerson was 13, and has been coming through the ranks at St James' Park.

The promising player has also played for Scotland's age groups including for their Under-19s last year.

He was also a substitute when Newcastle's Under-21s faced Carlisle in a pre-season friendly last summer.

Newcastle coach Chris Moore, speaking about the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Soccer Sevens, told the club website: "The further you go, the bigger the games feel and they are live on TV with a decent crowd so they get that experience and the feel of how big the club is when you go over there, with lot of Newcastle fans watching in their black and white shirts.

"It's a great footballing experience for the lads but also going away to a great city and getting that life experience as well."

Carlisle-born Joe White, meanwhile, was recently in action for Newcastle's first team during their post-season trip to Australia, along with ex-United goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.