Report: Hull City U18s 1 Nott'm Forest U18s 3
Hull City U18s went down to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Goals from Francky Amekortu, Alexander Gibson-Hammond and Detlef Esapa Osong sealed all three points for the visitors, with Josh Hinds scoring what proved to be a late consolation effort for the Tigers.
John Anderson and Richard Naylor made three changes to the starting eleven that won 6-1 against Bolton Wanderers last time out. Harvey Carew, Jake Leake and Snelgrove came into the side for Will Jarvis, Jake Bayram and Oli Green respectively, while Forest made a late change to their starting eleven with Braeden Noon-Brandy starting ahead of Pharrell Johnson, who was injured in the warm-up.
It was the visitors who crafted the first chance of the game with Gibson-Hammond’s cross-shot flying just wide. The Tigers then carved out some chances of their own after Carew intercepted a loose pass before seeing his cross loop over the bar before Rob Guilfyole's effort was deflected wide and Louis Beckett’s drive was blocked.
Guilfoyle should have given the Tigers the lead after a great ball from Snelgrove released the striker through on goal, but Statham was sharp off his line to make a key save. After that missed opportunity, Forest took the lead. Gibson-Hammond’s through pass found Amekortu in space who converted from close-range.
And the visitors doubled their advantage before the break. The Tigers' defence failed to clear Silvio Bello’s cross and Gibson-Hammond fired home.
Forest continued to press and Cartwright was forced into two saves before half-time to prevent the lead being extended even further, holding strikes from both McAdam and the busy Gibson-Hammond.
It took Forest just two minutes of second half action to score their third goal of the game though. Good one-two play between Noon-Brandy and Esapa Osong created space for the latter to chip an effort over Cartwright and into the back of the net.
Esapa Osong could have grabbed a second from Amekortu’s delivery, but Cartwright saved well from the striker’s header.
However, after a triple substitution, the Tigers created the majority of the chances and were awarded a penalty 20 minutes from time. From Harry Wood’s corner, Matty Swift’s header was handled on the line by McAdam, which gave the referee little choice, but to point to the spot and send the Forest midfielder off. However, McCauley Snelgrove saw his penalty attempt saved after Statham guessed the right way, before Green’s effort from the rebound was blocked by Samuel Sanders.
Statham then produced three saves to deny the Tigers a route back into the game, first holding Lovick’s free-kick and McCauley Power’s diving header, before denying Green’s low shot with his feet.
Cartwright then tipped over Aaron Donnelly’s long-ranged drive, before the Tigers grabbed a late consolation effort in stoppage time. Wood’s pass released Hinds and the winger showed god composure to round Statham before firing into an empty net.
Hull City: Cartwright, Ward, Curtis, Beckett (Wood 62), Swift, Leake, Carew (Green 62), Lovick, Guilfoyle (Power 62), Snelgrove, Hinds.
Subs Not Used: Fisk, Rees.
Nottingham Forest: Statham, Bello, Mbakop Fankwe, Sanders, Donnelly, Amekortu, Hammond, Esapa Osong (Solomon 81), McAdam, Gibson-Hammond (Nadin 62), Noon-Brandy (Barker 72).
Subs Not Used: Akers.