Hull City

Ten-Man U23s Suffer Owls Defeat

13 October 2019
Hull City U23s suffered their first home league defeat of the season when Sheffield Wednesday ran out 5-1 winners at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers were without Elliot Bonds who was away on international duty with Guyana and so Jay Rouse came into the side. Jon Beale made two other changes to the side that were beaten by Newcastle United in the Premier League Cup. Tyler Hamilton and Callum Jones dropped out of the side, with Keane Lewis-Potter and Rob Guilfoyle replacing them.

After a delayed start it was the visitors who adapted to the wet conditions much the better and they took the lead in just the sixth minute. A neat passing move ended when Alex Hunt’s pass released Liam Shaw to fire past Will Mannion.

The Owls striker almost added a second just a couple of minutes later but his header from a Fraser Preston cross came back off the post.

Fernando Forestieri, making his comeback after a long ban, then tested Mannion with a deflected shot from outside the box but the City keeper made a good save low to his right.

Lewis-Potter had the first shot for the Tigers when he cut in from the right but his left foot shot was high and wide. Matty Jacob and Guilfoyle then combined well down the left but the full-back’s cross just evaded Lewis-Potter sliding in at the far post.

The Owls doubled their lead in the 27th minute when a long ball from Hunt found the perfectly timed run of Ben Hughes, who rounded Mannion and fired into an empty net.

The visitors were well on top but the Tigers got themselves back into the game on 38 minutes when Guilfoyle seized on a mistake from Owls keeper Josh Render to reduce the deficit.

However, within minutes Wednesday were back in control of the game when Forestieri was sent clear and the referee deemed that Mannion’s challenge was worthy of both a penalty and a red card.

The Tigers sacrificed Rouse in order to bring on substitute keeper David Robson but he couldn’t prevent Forestieri from converting the spot-kick four minutes before the break.

In first half stoppage time, Beale’s side twice went close to pulling a goal back. Lewis-Potter produced a characteristic run that ended when his left foot shot was blocked on the edge of the area and then Render had to make a good save low to his right to push away Ahmed Salam’s shot.

After all the drama of the first period it was a relatively quiet start to the second half. Another great run from Lewis-Potter ended when he was crowded out in the penalty area, while Billy Chadwick’s long-range free kick was off target.

Wednesday added to their lead on 65 minutes when Preston’s clinical left foot strike from outside the box gave Robson no chance.

Shaw bagged his second goal of the game six minutes later, converting from close range following Preston’s low cross in from the left.

The Tigers’ only real chance to pull a goal back saw Harvey Carew’s cross met by Guilfoyle but his volley was off target.

Hull City: Will Mannion, Lucas Odunston, Matty Jacob, Ryan Hanson, Danny Lupano, Andy Smith, Keane Lewis-Potter (Harvey Carew 68), Billy Chadwick, Rob Guilfoyle, Jay Rouse (David Robson 40), Ahmed Salam.
Subs Not Used: Jake Bayram, Harry Lovick, Luke Rees.

Sheffield Wednesday: Josh Render, Osaze Urhoghide, Joe West (Declan Thompson 78), Liam Waldock, Isaac Rice, Jack Lee, Ben Hughes, Alex Hunt, Liam Shaw, Fernando Forestieri, Fraser Preston.
Subs Not Used: Luke Jackson, Lewis Farmer, Preslav Borukov, Omar Damba.