Report: Sheff Wed U23s 2 Hull City U23s 3
James Berry’s first goal in a Hull City shirt helped the U23s to a 3-2 victory against Sheffield Wednesday at Middlewood Road on Friday afternoon.
Jon Beale and Andy Dawson made two changes to the side that drew at Newcastle in the Premier League Cup a week earlier. Keane Lewis-Potter came into the side on the left wing with Ahmed Salam dropping back to left back and Matty Jacob switching across to right back to cover for Lucas Odunston. The other change saw Billy Chadwick replace Elliot Bonds.
The Tigers took the lead with just ten minutes played. Lewis-Potter won a free-kick in a dangerous position, from which he hammered an unstoppable effort past Wednesday keeper Josh Render.
However, the Owls were level just a minute later when David Robson was unable to claim a free-kick and the ball fell to David Bates, who lifted a right foot shot over a crowded penalty area and into the back of the net.
Callum Jones fired wide from outside the box before City regained the lead in the 21st minute. A Jones free-kick was played back across the face of goal and Lewis Ritson was left with a simple tap in from a couple of yards out for his second goal in as many Professional Development League games.
Wednesday went close to levelling when Fernando Forestieri was sent clear and he rounded Robson but was unable to get his shot away. The ball was played back to Jordan O’Brien but he was denied by a superb block from Salam.
Conor Grant was off target with a shot from outside the box before Danny Lupano almost put the ball in his own net, slicing a clearance inches wide of the post.
However, the Owls grabbed their second equaliser from the resulting corner. Grant’s low ball found its way to Bates, who converted from close-range in the 39th minute.
Lupano had a chance to restore the Tigers' lead on the stroke of half time but he headed over from Jones' corner.
Chadwick had the first chance of the second period when he got on the end of a Jones free-kick but he lifted his volley over the crossbar.
However, the Tigers grabbed the lead for the third time in the game on 55 minutes. Norbert Balogh found Berry, who fired a low right-foot into the bottom corner of the net.
Wednesday had a couple of chances to level once again but Omar Damba and O’Brien were both off target from good positions. Lewis-Potter almost repeated his free-kick exploits from the first half but this time his effort was tipped over by Render.
Chadwick went close to adding to the lead in stoppage time but Render made a good save low to his left and the Tigers had to defend one more free-kick into their box before they claimed the three points.
Sheffield Wednesday: Josh Render, Josh Dawodu, Ryan Galvin, Liam Waldock, David Bates, Ciaran Brennan (Fraser Preston 46), Ben Hughes, Liam Shaw, Jordan O’Brien, Fernando Forestieri (Omar Damba 46), Conor Grant.
Subs Not Used: Luke Jackson, Jack Stobbs, Joe West.
Hull City: David Robson, Matty Jacob, Ahmed Salam, Jordan Hickey, Danny Lupano, Lewis Ritson, James Berry, Callum Jones, Norbert Balogh, Billy Chadwick, Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Harry Wood, McCauley Snelgrove, Jake Leake, Will Jarvis.