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Report - Harrogate Town 0 Hull City 5


09:30 22nd July 2014

The Tigers began their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 victory on a warm evening in Harrogate.

Two goals apiece for George Boyd and Robbie Brady, in addition to a fine Calaum Jahraldo-Martin strike, gave the score line a bit of gloss as preparations for the upcoming Europa League games got underway.

Under the watching eye of assistant manager Steve Agnew, the Tigers fielded a strong line-up which included first team regulars such as Tom Huddlestone, Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler. Youth was also given a chance to impress in the shape of Jahraldo-Martin, Jonathon Margetts and Will Aimson.

The home side made a positive start to the match, with stand-in Tigers skipper Paul McShane at full stretch to block James Walshaw’s shot inside the area. 

City striker Yannick Sagbo was the next to try his luck when he shot straight at goalkeeper Phil Barnes from just inside the area. 

The Irish pair of Brady and Meyler had shots blocked before a fine effort from Boyd was brilliantly saved by Barnes. 

Boyd wasn’t to be denied six minutes later though; a neat one-two with Sagbo set the Scottish international through on goal and he made no mistake with a beautiful half-volley that looped into the Harrogate net. 

Further efforts by Brady and Meyler further strengthened the Tigers’ grip on the first half before Brady got himself on the score sheet three minutes from the interval. 

A brilliant counter-attack from Elmohamady set the Irishman free in the area; he beat one defender before curling a wonderful shot in to the bottom right hand corner with his unfavoured right foot. 

Half time saw Eldin Jakupovic replace Steve Harper in the Tigers net and youngsters Margetts, Aimson and Sam Topliss all got an opportunity as the half went on. 

It didn’t take long for the visitors to pick up where they left off and winger Jahraldo-Martin scored a stunning goal four minutes after the interval. Collecting a lay off from the impressive Brady, Jahraldo-Martin picked out the top left corner with a superb curling effort from the edge of the area to leave Barnes with no chance in the Harrogate goal.

Town’s best opportunity came due to confusion in the Tigers area which allowed Ashley Worsfield to see his back heel from two-yards come flying off the post and eventually cleared by the City defence. 

The Tigers took charge again and were showing their superiority when Brady bagged his second and the Tigers fourth goal of the evening with half an hour to go. 

Neat build-up play between Boyd and Sagbo allowed the former to tee up the onrushing Brady to strike low and hard past Barnes from around the penalty spot. 

Further efforts from Huddlestone and Sagbo tested Barnes in the Harrogate goal before Boyd finished the scoring off in style. 

A brilliant surging run from Brady eventually saw the ball passed into the path of the wide man and he made no mistake, hammering the ball past the keeper to score his second of the game. 

Elmohamady had the final effort of the match but saw his header thump off the bar as the Tigers started pre-season with a bang.

Harrogate Town: Phil Barnes, Lewis Turner, Rhys Meybell, Adam Nowakowski (Dominic Rowe 71), Matt Heath (Harry Coates on 82 mins), Dave McGurk, Lloyd Kerry, Simon Lenighan (Craig Nelthorpe 82), Ryan Kendall (Luke Dean 71), James Walshaw, Ashley Worsfold.

Subs not used: Louis Swain, Peter Crook, Alex Metcalfe, Eddie Birch.

Hull City: Steve Harper (Eldin Jakupovic 45), Ahmed Elmohamady, Alex Bruce (Will Aimson 60), Paul McShane, Joe Dudgeon, Robbie Brady (Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 78), David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone (Sam Topliss 78), Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Jonathon Margetts 69), Yannick Sagbo, George Boyd.

Attendance: 540

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