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Report: Coventry City U23s 3 Hull City U23s 0

Report: Coventry City U23s 3 Hull City U23s 0

Hull City Under-23s' penultimate game of the season ended in a 3-0 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena on Friday afternoon.

Jon Beale made three changes to the side that beat Crystal Palace six days earlier. Callum Burton took over in goal from George Long, Ahmed Salam replaced Brandon Fleming at left-back and Owen Evans came in for Jon Toral.

The game was into the 12th minute by the time either side managed a shot at goal but Billy Chadwick’s effort was high and wide. Jack Burroughs had the first chance for the hosts but his left foot strike was deflected for a corner from which the same player hooked a shot narrowly wide of the post. 

Josh Thacker headed over from a Max Sheaf corner before Luca Navarro’s low shot was easily gathered by Coventry keeper Liam O’Brien.

David Bremang had a good chance to open the scoring for the Sky Blues but Burton got a touch on his shot at the expense of a corner.

Jonny Ngandu was another Coventry player to see his shot deflected for a corner and Burton then did well to claim Burroughs’ low cross before Bremang could turn it into the net.

Thacker then produced a great block to deny Ngandu but the City defender almost put the ball in his own net just a minute later when Ngandu’s cross hit him and only just cleared the crossbar.

The first goal of the game came when Dexter Walters’ run took him into the Tigers' box and he went down under a challenge. The referee pointed to the spot and Bremang fired the 41st-minute penalty high to Burton’s right to open the scoring.

The Tigers had an opportunity to level just after the break when Tyler Hamilton’s pass found Chadwick but he was unable to get his shot away before a defender put the ball behind for a corner.

Declan Drysdale got on the end of a free kick for the hosts but lifted his shot over the bar before Walters saw his right foot shot deflected onto the crossbar.

Coventry doubled their lead in the 55th minute when City only half cleared a corner and when the ball was played back into the box it was headed down to Burroughs, whose low strike found the bottom corner of the net.

Burroughs then fired another shot wide and Burton saved from Bremang as Coventry dominated the second period. They added a third goal in the 64th minute when Sam McCallum was left unmarked to head a Walters corner past Burton.

The Tigers keeper then made a good save with his right foot to deny Coventry’s trialist and then superbly kept out Drysdale’s close-range header just before the end of the game to limit the damage.

Coventry City: Liam O’Brien, Blaine Rowe, Declan Drysdale, Jordan Thompson, Sam McCallum, Josh Eccles, Jack Burroughs, Trialist, David Bremang, Jonny Ngandu, Dexter Walters (William Bapaga 85).
Subs Not Used: Tom Billson, Josh Endall, Callum Martin.

Hull City: Callum Burton, Bilal Kamal (Josh Hesson 76), Ahmed Salam, James Weir, Lewis Ritson, Josh Thacker, Luca Navarro (Callum Smith 76), Max Sheaf, Billy Chadwick, Owen Evans (Elliot Holmes 69), Tyler Hamilton.
Subs Not Used: Steve Croudson, Tom Powell.