Report: Hull City U18s 0 Cardiff City U18s 0
Hull City U18s kicked-off their 2019/20 Professional Development League campaign off with a point after a goalless draw with Cardiff City at Bishop Burton College on Saturday.
A string of impressive saves from Tigers’ goalkeeper David Robson was key to securing a share of the spoils although there were chances at the other end of the pitch for the Tigers to take all three points.
It was the visitors who started the strongest with Isaak Davies firing over with the first effort of the game before Jake Bayram needed to block Ntazana Mayembe’s low cross. The first chance of the game for the home side fell to Luke Rees when Will Jarvis' cross fell to Welsh youth international, but his shot was saved well by Jaimie Cogman.
More pressure from the visitors saw Davies' effort deflect behind off Andy Smith, whilst Robson saved well when holding Rubin Colwill’s drive. A combination of custodian and Jake Leake then stopped Bonga Ligendza's close-range effort, before Robson blocked well to deny Davies when the Cardiff striker was through on goal.
Cardiff continued to press for the opener with Davies heading over Ryan Kavanagh’s corner, before Mayembe’s cross from the left hit the bar. The Tigers fought back though, with Leake and Harvey Carew combining to see the latter send a dangerous cross towards Rees, but the striker couldn’t sort his feet quickly enough to get a shot away allowing the Bluebirds defence to clear.
In the second half, Robson was forced into another save, this time acrobatically tipping Joel Bagan’s attempt onto the bar before Bayram blocked a Mayembe effort.
The Tigers should have broken the deadlock just before the hour mark as Jarvis played the ball across goal, but Rees - sliding in - could guide the ball over the bar from six yards. The striker caused the visitors' backline more problems then rounded Cardiff keeper Cogman, only to see his effort was well blocked by Kavanagh.
Robson was the busier of the two keepers though and produced two fantastic saves, first denying Owen Pritchard one-on-one, before parrying Ligendza’s right-footed attempt to keep the scores level.
The game then opened up more as both teams went in search of a winner. Harry Lovick sent an audacious chip wide following Cogman’s sliced clearance before substitute Tommy Best’s low drive was deflected behind by Sam Parsons. And, from Harry Wood's resulting corner, Smith’s header led to Jarvis acrobatically firing over.
Smith was called upon to keep it goalless when blocking an effort on the line after Robson had rushed out of goal to clear a long ball, but the Tigers were soon back in the attacking third of the pitch as MacAuley Snelgrove beat two players before sending a curling effort narrowly wide.
Cardiff were reduced to ten men two minutes from time when Ligendza was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Smith, but it was the visitors who almost stole the points Lin stoppage-time when Mayembe ran the length of the field, before seeing his attempt superbly blocked by Quinn Thompson.
Hull City: Robson, Thompson, Leake, Wood, Smith, Bayram, Carew, Lovick, Rees (Best 68), Snelgrove, Jarvis.
Subs Not Used: Fisk, Green, Ward, Beckett.
Cardiff City: Cogman, Jones, Parsons, Bagan, Kavanagh, Chiadi, Mayembe, Colwill, Davies, Pritchard (Thomas 74), Ligendza.
Subs Not Used: Rippon, Stewart, Clay, Schwank.