10:15 14th February 2017
Tigers take three points against the Rams in latest Premier League Cup group stage fixture....
A Jarrod Bowen hat-trick helped the Tigers’ Development Squad come from behind to claim an impressive 4-1 Premier League Cup Group Stage win against Derby County at the Eon Visual Media Stadium on Monday evening.
Emil Riis Jakobsen’s third goal in four games gave Darren Wassall’s side the lead midway through the first half, but Bowen’s first strike of the evening moments before the break changed the complexion of the game. He added two further strikes after the break to complete an impressive treble, and Greg Olley completed the scoring with a fine strike from distance in stoppage time.
It was far from one-way traffic though, as Jon Beale’s side were also indebted to an impressive display from Will Mannion between the posts, with the England Under-19 international producing a string of key saves throughout the 90 minutes.
The visitors arrived at the Eon Visual Media Stadium unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions and started strongly as Timi Max Elsnik and Calum Macdonald saw efforts crucially blocked, before Mannion produced his first save of the evening to keep out Mason Bennett’s 20-yard curling effort.
The Rams finally made their early pressure count when Riis Jakobsen opened the scoring on 21 minutes. Released through the centre, the Danish forward raced away from Brad Maslen-Jones to plant a low shot past Mannion and into the bottom corner.
Riis Jakobsen could have made it 2-0 five minutes later after being set up by Elsnik, but Mannion got down well to keep out his low drive.
Mannion was called upon once again ten minutes before the break when he produced another superb stop to prevent Sven Karic’s firm drive from outside the box from finding the back of the net.
It would prove to be a key moment in the game as the Tigers - somewhat against the run of play - levelled the scores in the penultimate minute of the first half. Bowen showed neat control inside the box from Will Annan’s right-wing cross before squeezing a low shot past the advancing Henrich Ravas.
And only a fine save from Ravas prevented the Tigers from going into the interval with a 2-1 lead. The ball dropped kindly for Robbie McKenzie 12 yards out and his strike looked to be heading for the back of the net until the Rams keeper produced a fine stop to push the midfielder’s effort away to safety.
Clearly galvanised from their equaliser in the latter stages of the first 45 minutes, the Tigers came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the second half and grabbed the lead five minutes after the restart. Bowen once again showed neat control inside the Rams’ box and produced an even better finish, slotting a low effort past Ravas and into the bottom corner.
Ravas denied Bowen a hat-trick, before Mannion had to be at his best at the other end of the pitch to preserve the Tigers’ lead on two occasions, denying Mason Bennett before keeping out Jakobsen’s low drive.
Bowen ensured he would grab the headlines with his and the Tigers’ third goal of the evening 15 minutes from time. Collecting possession 30 yards from goal, the wideman took a touch and advanced towards the Rams’ box and drilled a superb low effort into the bottom corner before he could be closed down.
And the Tigers weren’t finished there as they put the icing on the cake with a fourth goal in stoppage time at the end of the game. Saving the best for last, Olley scored the goal of the game, finding the back of the net with a sublime strike from distance that gave Ravas no chance whatsoever.
The win saw the Tigers move up to top spot in Group C with nine points from a possible 12 so far in the competition with games against Manchester City and Colchester United still to come.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Ellis Barkworth, Brandon Fleming, Daniel Batty, Lewis Ritson, Brad Maslen-Jones, Will Annan (Ben Hinchliffe, 78), Robbie McKenzie, Greg Luer (Johan Ter Horst, 60), Greg Olley, Jarrod Bowen
Subs Not Used: Charlie Andrew, Luke Lofts, Josh Thacker
Derby County: Henrich Ravas, Alex Cover (Bogle, 80), Joe Bateman, Sven Karic, Calum Macdonald, Max Bird (Cameron Cresswell, 63), Timi Max Elsnik, Alex Babos (Edwards, 80); Kellan Gordon, Mason Bennett, Emil Riis Jakobsen.
Subs Not Used: Josh Barnes, Lewis Walker.