Hull City U18’s suffered defeat in their latest U18 Professional Development League fixture, losing 2-0 away at Coventry City. Goals in each half from Joe Nightingale and Harrison Nee secured all three points for the hosts at The Alan Higgs Centre.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Nottingham Forest 4-2 last time out. Will Jarvis replaced fellow striker Luke Rees, while Harry Fisk started in between the sticks in place of Thomas Macauley.
The hosts created the first chances of the game as Sam Rodber and Nightingale both tested Fisk, before Sam Pitts-Eckersall hit the woodwork following a quick Coventry counter attack.
Rio Dyer had the first chance for the Tigers, after he was picked out by McCauley Power, but the winger’s low cross-shot went narrowly wide. The pair combined again moments later, but Dyer’s shot was held by Luke Bell in the Coventry goal.
Coventry opened the scoring on the 37th minute through Nightingale. After the Tigers failed to clear their lines, the winger picked up the loose ball on the edge of the penalty area, before placing his shot into the bottom corner. The hosts could have scored a second through Pitts-Eckersall before half-time, but Jevon Mills produced a good block to deny the midfielder.
In the second half, the Tigers almost drew level from the restart, as Mills connected with Oliver Green’s corner, but his header was straight at Bell. In the other goal, Fisk produced two great saves, first to deny Craig Hewitt at his near post, before pushing Pitts-Eckersall’s drive onto the post.
The Tigers had a perfect chance to equalise just before the hour mark as Jarvis’ run and pass picked out Harvey Carew in space, but the striker’s close-ranged effort was saved well by Bell.
The Coventry goalkeeper was then on hand to deny Dyer at his near post, before the hosts scored their second. Nee was played through one-on-one and the striker made no mistake as he rifled his effort into the roof of the net to double Coventry’s advantage.
Hull substitute Louis Beckett almost got a consolation late on, but his curling shot went narrowly over the bar as the Tigers suffered defeat.