Report: Hull City U18s 0 Crewe U18s 3
Hull City U18s slipped to a disappointing 3-0 home defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Goals from Jake Priestman, Nathan Woodthorpe and Tyreece Onyeka secured all three points for the visitors in the U18 Professional Development League fixture at Bishop Burton College.
John Anderson and Richard Naylor made four changes to the starting eleven that beat Leeds United 3-2 last time out. Harvey Cartwright, Jake Bayram, Oli Green and McCauley Snelgrove all came into the side, replacing David Robson, Andy Smith, Harry Lovick and McCauley Power, with the latter included on the bench.
It was the Tigers who carved out the first chances of the afternoon when Josh Ward and Josh Hinds combined well to pick out Harry Wood inside the penalty area. However, the midfielder was unlucky to see his effort blocked by Ethan Hartshorn, who also denied Green moments later.
The home side saw penalty appeals waved away when Snelgrove went down inside the box before the visitors' first opening saw Luke Allen flash a header wide of the target.
Cartwright was called into action for the first when holding Joe Robbins’ deflected shot, while Priestman’s curling shot hit the post before being scrambled behind by the Tigers' defence.
From the resulting corner, the ball pin-balled off both Hull and Crewe men in the area before Matty Swift produced a vital goal-line clearance. The second consecutive corner was equally as dangerous as Jack Goodrich headed narrowly wide.
At the other end, Rob Guilfoyle, Snelgrove and Hinds all combined well with a lovely passing move to create a shooting opportunity for Hinds, but the winger’s drilled shot was well saved by Andrew Walklate.
Two minutes later, the visitors took the lead. Quick passing play caused problems for the home defence and Priestman to run into space and strike the ball past Cartwright to open the scoring.
Crewe regained possession straight from the restart and only a superb save from Cartwright prevented Preistman from grabbing a second before Bayram was on hand to block his follow-up effort. However, from the resulting corner, the second goal did arrive as a hooked clearance was volleyed in by Woodthorpe.
The Tigers looked to produce an immediate response to the set-back. Wood and Snelgrove combined well in the final third, only for the latter to see his left-footed strike well blocked by Hartshorn, while Guilfoyle headed wide from Ward’s cross.
Chances continued to come at both ends as Lokko saw a shot blocked by a combination of Jake Leake and Wood before Cartwright produced two saves in quick succession to deny Onyeka and Abdul Djalo. Snelgrove had the final chance of the first 45 minutes when volleying over Ward’s cross from close-range.
Cartwright was forced into a smart save to deny Onyeka’s drive in the first action of the second half. However, the Crewe winger wasn’t to be denied a goal as tapped into an open goal to score the visitors’ third.
Despite going further behind, the Tigers continued to look dangerous on set-plays and Walklate was forced to punch away Wood’s free-kick before Bayram’s effort from a set-piece was deflected over by the defensive wall. From the resulting corner, Will Jarvis’ volley was blocked before Swift headed Wood’s cross wide.
More pressure from the Tigers saw Snelgrove's volley saved by Walklate, with Leake's follow-up effort well blocked. Leake then fired another drive wide before Walklate held Power’s long-range drive.
Cartwright denied the visitors a fourth goal when keeping out Onyeka’s dipping shot before the Crewe winger fired into the side-netting following a training ground free-kick routine.
The end-to-end action continued until the very end as Walklate denied Jarvis’ deflected attempt before Woodthorpe curled a shot narrowly wide for Crewe, and Power was denied a late consolation for the hosts when his stoppage-time effort was blocked in what proved to be the final action of a frustrating afternoon for all of a black and amber persuasion.
Hull City: Cartwright, Ward, Leake, Wood (Power 63), Swift, Bayram, Hinds, Green (Beckett 63), Guilfoyle (Rees 80), Snelgrove, Jarvis.
Subs Not Used: Robson, Mills.
Crewe Alexandra: Walklate, Allen, Woodthorpe, McDonald (Marsden 63), Hartshorn, Goodrich, Djalo, Robbins (Levey 63), Lokko, Onyeka, Priestman (Stubbs 63).
Subs Not Used: Le Grand Akpo.