Report: Crystal Palace U23s 1 Hull City U23s 3
Hull City U23s registered a second successive Professional Development League win with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday afternoon.
Ahmed Salam's first half brace put the Tigers in control and, although Malachi Boateng pulled a goal back before the break, Alhagi Sisay made certain of the points for Jon Beale's side midway through the second half.
The home side were pinned back in the game’s opening exchanges with the Tigers starting on the attacking front, but it was Eagles who registered the first real effort of note when Rob Street's fierce drive from 20 yards was wonderfully saved by Charlie Andrew.
The effort was very much against the run of the play though and Beale's side took a deserved lead on 12 minutes. The first was provided by Lucas Odunston's smart delivery from the right, which was headed home by Salam at the back post.
And it was 2-0 to the Tigers just sixty seconds later. This time it was Tyler Hamilton's delivery into the box that was met by Salam, who volleyed home to double the lead.
Palace then lost Brandon Aveiro and Jude Russell before pulling a goal back on the stroke of half time. Kian Flanagan's corner kick was flicked on at the near post to Boateng, who raced through a busy box to fire the ball into the back of the net.
The second half was played at much less frantic pace but it was the Tigers who remained in control of the game and they restored their two-goal advantage on 66 minutes. With the ball played into the Palace box, Sisay stopped the ball before turning on the spot and producing a fine finish to strike home on the swivel.
The Eagles struggled to reignite their fight from the first half after this point and were unable to find a way back into the game as an impressive performance from the team in white ensured the Tigers left the capital with a fully deserved three points.
Crystal Palace: Tupper, D.Boateng, Mensah, Trialist, Jude Russell (Steele 32), M.Boateng, Pierrick, Flanagan, Aveiro (Addy 21 (Ajayi 78)), Street, Lokilo.
Subs Not Used: Webber, Bello.
Hull City: Andrew, Odunston, Jacob, Bonds, Smith, Hanson, Hamilton, Chadwick, Sisay (Snelgrove 86), Jones, Salam (Rouse 62).
Subs Not Used: Mannion, Lovick, Carew.