The Tigers registered a 3-1 victory over North Ferriby United at the Eon Visual Media Stadium to retain the Billy Bly Trophy.
First half goals from Liam Rosenior and Nick Proschwitz gave Steve Bruce’s side a deserved two-goal lead after the opening 45 minutes but the hosts improved after the restart and got themselves back into the game with a Nathan Jarman header on 65 minutes.
Ferriby continued to attack as they looked for an equaliser but Stephen Quinn ensured victory for the Tigers with a well-taken strike in the final minute.
In front of a sell-out crowd at the home of North Ferriby, City made a bright start and came close to taking the lead in the opening minute.
Excellent link-up play involving Robbie Brady and Quinn presented the former Sheffield United man with a decent opportunity but his attempted lob just failed to find the target with Adam Nicklin well beaten in the Villagers’ goal.
Proschwitz should have opened the scoring with the game just six minutes old but after neat work in the box, he fired wide of the target with just Nicklin to beat.
The Tigers eventually grabbed the goal their early dominance deserved on 14 minutes, albeit from an unlikely source.
A well-worked move in the left flank freed Brady and although the Irishman’s cross was initially missed by George Boyd in the middle, Rosenior was perfectly placed to pounce with a low effort from close-range.
It could have been 2-0 six minutes later when Tom Cairney picked out George Boyd inside the box with a defence-splitting pass but the former Peterborough man dragged his shot from 16 yards just past the wrong side of the post.
Ferriby registered their first real effort of any note midway through the first half after Robbie Brady needlessly conceded possession on the half-way line, with the ball finding its way to Nathan Jarman but Ferriby’s summer signing failed to hit the target with a shot on the turn.
After seeing a shot kept out by the feet of Nicklin, it was a case of third time lucky for Proschwitz – as he doubled City’s lead with three minutes remaining in the first half.
The German’s original back-post header struck the back of a Ferriby defender and he showed good reactions and awareness to find the back of the net from the rebound.
Half Time: North Ferriby 0 Hull City 2
City continued to attack after the break with Robert Koren and Boyd both missing opportunities to extend the lead even further.
However, as the game entered the final third, the hosts began to have more of a say and deservedly got themselves back into the game on 65 minutes.
Paul Robson produced a wonderful cross from the right to pick out Jarman and the former Barnsley and Chester City striker met the ball with purpose to loop a header over Allan McGregor.
City made their first change of the game with 15 minutes remaining – Calaum Jahraldo-Martin replacing Robbie Brady in the left-wing back role.
Galvanised by their opening goal, Ferriby pressed for an equaliser and almost found one when Danny Clarke’s chipped effort from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by McGregor at full stretch,
However, City put the contest to bed in the final minute when Quinn found the back of the net with perfectly-executed half volley to make it 3-1.
Tigers: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Paul McShane, Liam Rosenior, Robbie Brady (Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 74), Stephen Quinn, Tom Cairney, Robert Koren, George Boyd, Nick Proschwitz.
Subs Not Used: Will Aimson, Sam Topliss, Matty Dixon.