Report: Hull City U23s 0 Newcastle Utd U23s 1
Hull City U23s opened their Premier League Cup campaign with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Friday night.
It had looked as though the points would be shared in the Group C clash until Jamie Sterry was bought down in the area by Matty Jacob resulting in a penalty for the visitors with less than ten minutes to play. Luke Charman stepped up to take the spot-kick and, although Will Mannion got a hand to it, he was unable to keep it out.
Jon Beale made just one change to the side that won at Bolton Wanderers earlier in the week. Callum Jones returned to the side with Billy Chadwick moving up front to replace James Berry. Elliot Bonds kept his place in the side having recovered from the knock he picked up in the first half at the University of Bolton Stadium.
There was a quiet start to the game with the first real chance not coming until the quarter-hour mark when Lewis Cass beat Will Mannion to an Oliver Walters cross from the left but the Newcastle defender could guide his header over the crossbar.
The visitors had another chance when Elliot Anderson cut the ball back from the left but Joe White side-footed his shot wide of the post. The Magpies continued to dominate the chances with Anderson also firing a shot wide of the post.
Chadwick hooked a shot over his shoulder from outside the box but the ball bounced well wide of Dan Langley’s goal. Tyler Hamilton made a couple of promising runs for City but he pulled up injured moments before the break and had to be replaced by Jay Rouse.
As with the first half, there was a quiet start to the second period but Newcastle continued to create the majority of the chances. Jack Young’s free-kick was headed on for Thomas Allan but his close-range header was superbly kept out by Mannion.
The Tigers' keeper then made a good low save to keep out a Young free kick and within seconds made an even better save to push away Luke Charman’s right foot strike from the edge of the box.
It looked as though a strong rear-guard action from the Tigers was going to earn a point until Newcastle were awarded a late penalty. Jamie Sterry burst into the City box and was brought down by Matty Jacob and although Mannion got a hand to Charman’s 83rd-minute penalty he couldn’t keep it out of the net.
The nearest Beale's youngsters came to a leveller in the closing minutes came from a Jones free kick out on the left but Rouse’s low shot was blocked by the Magpies defence.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Lucas Odunston, Danny Lupano, Andy Smith, Matty Jacob, Elliot Bonds, Ryan Hanson, Tyler Hamilton (Jay Rouse 44), Callum Jones, Ahmed Salam; Billy Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Jake Leake, Harry Wood, Harvey Carew
Newcastle United: Dan Langley, Lewis Cass, Oisin McEntee, Ludwig Francillette (Victor Fernandez 46), Oliver Walters, Jack Young, Jamie Sterry, Joe White, Thomas Allan (Dylan Stephenson 72), Luke Charman, Elliot Anderson.
Subs Not Used: Jake Turner, Lucas Gamblin.