Goals from Max Sheaf and Keane Lewis-Potter helped the Tigers regain the ERCFA Senior Cup with a 2-1 victory against Bridlington Town at the Roy West Centre on Tuesday night.
Jon Beale’s side consisted mainly of players from the under 18 squad, the two exceptions being Will Mannion and Lewis Ritson. The Brid side included former Tiger Gary Bradshaw and ex junior Joel Sutton. The two sides had met in last year’s final with Brid picking up the trophy at Haworth Park.
Jacob Greaves couldn’t get an early effort on target when Sheaf’s corner fell to him before Lewis-Potter saw his shot tipped over by Brid keeper Jody Barford.
Mannion was called into action to make a good save low to his left to turn away Sutton’s shot from the edge of the box whilst back at the other end Ritson saw his header deflected for a corner.
Lewis-Potter fired a shot high over the bar before the Tigers opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Dan Hawkins and Lewis-Potter combined to tee-up Sheaf who took a touch before curling a right foot shot into the top corner from just outside the box.
However, the cup-holders were level within three minutes when Chris Jenkinson found himself unmarked from a free kick to fire a left foot shot low past Mannion from close range.
The Tigers regained the lead on the half hour mark as Greaves’ superb through ball released Lewis-Potter to fire a right foot shot low past Barford.
Lewis-Potter went close to adding to the lead when his free kick smacked against the top of the crossbar.
The Seasiders could have gone into the break on level terms but Bradshaw’s effort was blocked by Mannion.
Sutton had a couple of chances early in the second period but both were held by Mannion.
Jake Day was off target with a header from a Danny Buttle cross before the Brid striker fired a left foot shot just the wrong side of the near post.
Sheaf had a chance for the Tigers but his free kick was just wide of Barford’s right hand post.
Brid were reduced to ten men in the 76th minute when James Williams brought down Hawkins with the winger bearing down on goal. The offence was just outside the box and Lewis-Potter’s free kick was inches over the crossbar.
Substitute Rob Guilfoyle could have increased his side’s lead but his left foot strike was tipped round the post by Barford.
Despite being a man down the cup-holders were not going to relinquish the trophy without a fight and they bombarded Mannion’s goal in the closing minutes. The keeper made a superb save low to his left to deny James Faulkner and from the resulting corner made an outstanding double save. Jenkinson’s header was destined for the top corner until the stopper tipped it onto the crossbar and then recovered in time to push the ball away before the Brid defender could force in the rebound.
With the Seasiders pressing forward the Tigers caught them on the break but Guilfoyle was denied by Barford. However there was barely enough time for the corner to be taken before the referee’s whistle confirmed the young Tigers as the East Riding County Football Association Senior Cup winners.
Bridlington Town: Jody Barford, Lewis Dennison, Danny Buttle (Chris Adams 84), Rikki Paylor, Chris Jenkinson, James Williams, Andy Norfolk (James Faulkner 74), Tim Taylor, Jake Day, Gary Bradshaw, Joel Sutton.
Subs Not Used: Alex Knaggs, Jonathan Blakeston, Anthony Bowsley.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Jake Nicholls, Matty Jacob, Jacob Greaves, Lewis Ritson, Josh Thacker, Dan Hawkins, Max Sheaf, Elliot Holmes, Will Taylor (Rob Guilfoyle 73), Keane Lewis-Potter.
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes, Ben Adamson, Jay Rouse, Jake Bayram.