Hull City U18’s came from behind to secure all three points with a 4-1 victory over Millwall U18’s at Bishop Burton College. After Ollie Bate opened the scoring from the penalty spot, a brace from Harvey Carew and further goals from Oliver Green and Josh Ward sealed an emphatic victory for the Tigers.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made just one change to the starting eleven that defeated Watford 3-1 away last time out. The change was in-between the sticks as Thomas Macauley was replaced by Harry Fisk, while Sam Deacon was missing from the bench after picking up an injury midweek.
The Tigers thought they had taken the lead as Carew had the ball in the net within the opening minute, but the goal was ruled out for offside. At the other end, Bate saw his fierce shot crash off the crossbar, before Carew saw his own effort clip the woodwork.
The visitors then received a penalty just short of the half an hour mark, as Abdul Abdulmalik was adjudged to have been brought down by Ward. Bate stepped up and sent Fisk the wrong way to open the scoring. However, it took just four minutes for the Tigers to draw back level through a spot-kick of their own. After McCauley Power was fouled in the box, Green stepped up and placed his spot-kick into the far corner to bring the scores level at half-time.
In the second half, Millwall substitute Ramez Hefzalla saw his shot held by Fisk, before Green blocked Abdulmalik’s effort. The Tigers then took the lead on the 55th minute as Green played Rio Dyer through on goal and after the winger’s initial effort was saved by Jordan Gillmore, Carew was sharpest to react as he headed the rebound into the empty net.
Alfie Taylor was next to take aim as his effort deflected wide, before Jevon Mills saw his headed attempt saved by Gillmore. The Tigers then scored their third as a quick counter attack released Carew through on goal and the striker made no mistake as he rifled his effort into the top corner to secure his brace.
Fisk was then called into action with a great stop, as he covered himself well to deny Abdulmalik, while in the other goal, Gillmore pushed over Josh Hinds’ free-kick over the bar. The Tigers scored their fourth goal from the resulting corner as Louis Beckett’s delivery clipped the far post and Ward was on hand to rifle in his volley from close-range.
The Tigers continued to try and score more late on as Dyer forced an acrobatic save from Gillmore to deny the winger, while Beckett and Taylor both saw attempts go wide. In stoppage time, Fisk produced a great save to deny Tyreese Briscoe, before Harry Lovick was on hand to clear the rebound by Tom Leahy, as the Tigers secured the victory.
Hull City: Harry Fisk (GK), Josh Ward, Harry Lovick, Louis Beckett (Harry Wallis 82’), Jevon Mills, Alfie Taylor, Rio Dyer (Billy Leach 82’), McCauley Power, Harvey Carew (Luke Rees 82’), Oliver Green (C), Josh Hinds.
Subs Not Used: Thomas Macauley (GK).
Millwall: Jordan Gillmore (GK), Kyle Smith, Ezekiel Miller (Tom Leahy 61’), Alfie Allen, Arthur Penney, Chin Okoli (C), George Walker, Emmanuel Harvest (Ramez Hefzalla 46’), Ollie Bate, Abdul Abdulmalik, Tyreese Briscoe.
Subs Not Used: Ryan Hammond (GK), Evan Perry.