U23s Report: The Tigers 0 Brighton 3
The Under-23s went down to a 3-0 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion as the visitors were awarded three second-half penalties in the Premier League Cup at North Ferriby on Friday night.
Jon Beale made just one change to the side that beat Bolton Wanderers earlier in the week. Will Mannion returned to the side to take over in goal from Callum Burton. Trialist Fergus McAughtrie featured once again for the Tigers.
It was Albion who had the best chance in the opening stages of the game after a strong start but Henrik Bjordal fired wide from a good position, before Tyler Forbes was off target with an ambitious overhead kick.
The Tigers came agonisingly close to opening the scoring with their first meaningful effort of the game on 19 minutes when Will Annan saw his low strike from outside the box cannon back off the foot of the post.
Annan again went close when McAughtrie’s blocked shot fell to him but he was denied by an outstanding save from Albion keeper Rob Sanchez, before Josh Clackstone fired narrowly over from distance.
The remainder of the first-half was mainly played out between the penalty areas, as neither side could muster a clear-cut opportunity, which ensured the game remained level at the break.
McAughtrie fired wide from a Josh Clackstone cross early in the second period before the turning point of the game came with a controversial penalty for the visitors. James Tilley went to ground very easily inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot - although Mannion got a hand to George Cox’s 51st-minute penalty he couldn’t keep it out of the net.
The Tigers went close to a leveller when Brandon Fleming’s corner was cleared to Robbie McKenzie, whose right foot shot that was heading straight for the top corner was superbly tipped away by Sanchez.
The search for an equaliser continued as Hamilton ventured forward but just before he was about to get his shot away, the winger was clearly impeded by a Brighton defender - only for the referee to rule otherwise.
It proved to be another key moment as the visitors were then awarded their second penalty of the evening on 68 minutes when Cox was brought down by McAughtrie. The Seagulls' left-back took the spot kick himself but Mannion dived low to his right to save. However, Steven Alzate was first to the loose ball and tucked his shot into the bottom corner.
Mannion then saved from Jordan Davies and Victor Gyokores before the referee pointed to the penalty spot for the third time in the second minute of stoppage time - which was converted by Aaron Connolly.
Hamilton went close to a consolation goal for City but curled a left-foot shot narrowly wide before Brighton were denied a fourth goal by the offside flag when Connolly headed in from Bjordal’s cross.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Josh Clackstone, Brandon Fleming, Dan Batty, Robbie McKenzie, Adam Curry, Tyler Hamilton, Greg Olley, Tom Powell, Will Annan (Greg Luer 69), Fergus McAughtrie (Liam Edwards 79).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, James Yates, Billy Chadwick.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Rob Sanchez, Tyler Forbes, George Cox, Alex Cochrane, Owen Moore, Tom Dallison, Jordan Davies (Aaron Connolly 79), Max Sanders, Henrik Bjordal, James Tilley (Victor Gyokores 63), Steven Alzate (Hamish Morrison 87).
Subs Not Used: Billy Collings, Mamadou Kone.