12:32 25th August 2014
The Tigers’ under-18 side opened their Youth Alliance League campaign in style with a 3-0 victory away at Notts County.
A superb strike from Will Annan and an opportunistic tap-in by Luke Lofts gave the Tigers a convincing lead at half-time before Devonte Morton sealed the win late on.
Missing a couple of players due to injury, manager Billy Russell (pictured) drafted in under-16 players Tyler Hamilton and Josh Tymon to play in the full-back positions.
The Tigers started the first half brightly and got their rewards after seven minutes thanks to a wonder strike finish from Will Annan.
Annan, fresh from a call-up to the Scotland under-19 squad, turned his full-back brilliantly before curling the ball over the helpless goalkeeper to give the young Tigers the advantage.
The home side almost responded immediately but the combination of the fingertips of goalkeeper Joe Walker and the foot of the post denied Hartley Sarpong’s thumping shot from long range.
Tigers’ midfielder Jarrod Bowen was stretchered off on the half-hour mark after picking up a foot injury and was replaced by Luke Lofts.
Attempts from Jake Buckle and striker Morton just missed the target before Lofts added his name to the score sheet.
A poor defensive mix-up in the Notts County area led to Lofts stealing the ball and prodding home to extend the lead just before the break.
Half Time: Notts County 0-2 Hull City
In the second half, Notts County’s Elliott Brown sliced a couple of chances wide before Walker saved well from Reece Fyfe’s low effort as the home side attempted to get back in the game.
Tigers’ winger Buckle saw a header and a free-kick well saved by Harry Andrews in the County net.
Playing on the right hand side, Annan continued to create opportunities for his teammates and Morton took advantage of the Scotsman’s approach work ten minutes from time.
Cutting in from the right, Annan played a lovely through ball towards Morton who coolly stroked past Andrews to give the young Tigers a convincing margin of victory.
A late free-kick by Annan and an ambitious long-range volley from substitute Charlie Dunkerly almost gave Russell’s team an even greater win as the Tigers held on for a great opening day victory.
Hull City: Joe Walker, Tyler Hamilton, Josh Tymon, Jake Rose, Harvey Rodger, Joe Pugh, Will Annan (C), Dan Batty (Mitch Langton 81), Devante Morton (Charlie Dunkerly 84), Jarrod Bowen (Luke Lofts 30), Jake Buckle
Sub Not Used: Harry Fox
Notts County: Harry Andrews, Jordan Richards (C), Keenan Layton, Hartley Sarpong, Rhys Myers, Kieran Duncan, Reece Fyfe, Ben Browne, Colby Bishop, Elliot Brown, Alex Kenlock
Subs: Paulos Beraki, Monty Parkes, Luther Wildin, Jack McMillan, Kieran Blainey
Referee: Sam Harris