Hull City U18s suffered defeat in their latest U18 Professional Development League fixture, losing 2-0 away against Birmingham City. Second-half goals from Birmingham’s George Hall and Amari Miller succumbed the Tigers to defeat at the Trillion Trophy Centre.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 last time out. Josh Ward and Harry Lovick came out of the side for McCauley Snelgrove and Jake Leake respectively.
It was a fairly even affair in the opening exchanges of the first-half. The Tigers had a penalty appeal waved away by the referee after Rio Dyer was brought down by Daniel Djurovic. Harvey Carew nearly then picked out the run of Josh Hinds with a great cross, before Carew himself saw a shot blocked by Kade Craig.
Harry Fisk was called into action to deny Marcel Oakley and Kieran Wakefield, before the Tigers’ keeper beat away Miller’s drive moments later. The Birmingham winger then curled another attempt wide while at the other end, Hinds saw his shot saved by Brad Mayo.
Leake then hit the outside of the post just past the half-hour mark, hitting his shot from a tight angle, before Jevon Mills was on hand to block Callum Sullivan’s attempt, as the first-half ended goalless.
In the second half, Birmingham started to create the majority of chances as Mills blocked Lianole Nguepissi’s shot, before Alfie Chong saw his attempt deflect wide. Mayo nearly put the Tigers ahead through an own goal after initially spilling Oliver Green’s whipped corner delivery, before the hosts took the lead.
A long ball from the back split open the defence and Miller raced through on goal before poking his finish past Fisk to open the scoring. Birmingham could have doubled their lead just two minutes later as a lovely team move created space for Hall to shoot, but his effort was saved well by Fisk.
The Tigers’ goalkeeper produced another great save by tipping over Sullivan’s drive, while Carew failed to capitalise on two great opportunities in as many minutes, first seeing his chipped effort held by Mayo, before firing his second shot into the side netting.
Fisk was in inspired form as he denied Rico Patterson one-on-one, but he couldn’t do anything to deny Birmingham’s second. Great passing play on the edge of the penalty area created space for Hall and the forward rifled his low effort into the bottom corner.
Birmingham could have scored a third late on as Fisk denied Patterson with a smart stop, while in the other goal, Mayo was sharp off his line to stop Leake’s cross finding the run of Dyer at the back post, as the Tigers succumbed to defeat.
Birmingham City: Brad Mayo (GK), Marcel Oakley (Tommy Fogarty 46’), Daniel Djurovic, Alfie Chang, Lianole Nguepissi, Kade Craig, Callum Sullivan, Josh Dugmore (Rico Patterson 61’), Kieran Wakefield (Jobe Bellingham 68’), George Hall, Amari Miller.
Subs Not Used:, Kobi Brooks, Rico Browne.
Hull City: Harry Fisk (GK), Louis Beckett, Jake Leake (C), McCauley Power (Billy Leach 55’), Jevon Mills, Alfie Taylor, Rio Dyer, Oliver Green, Harvey Carew, McCauley Snelgrove, Josh Hinds.
Subs Not Used: Tom McCauley (GK), Ricardo Grey, Glen Sani.