Report: Hull City U18s 2 Birmingham City U18s 2
Hull City U18s twice came from behind to claim a share of the spoils as they drew 2-2 with Birmingham City on Saturday.
Will Jarvis scored both goals for the Tigers, cancelling out efforts from Remi Walker and Josh Williams for the visitors at Bishop Burton.
John Anderson made four changes to the side that were beaten 3-2 by Burnley last time out. Andy Smith, Josh Hinds, Oli Green and Rob Guilfoyle all came into the side in place of Matty Swift, McCauley Power, Harry Lovick and Luke Rees.
It was the Tigers who carved out the first chance of the game. Jake Leake’s cross was just missed by McCauley Snelgrove before finding Guilfoyle, who failed to divert his effort past Birmingham keeper Josh Bradley-Hurst.
But, it was the visitors who opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Neat one-two play on the right flank created space for Walker and he rifled a shot past Harvey Cartwright in the Tigers' goal.
The home side almost responded immediately as Snelgrove headed wide from Leake’s cross but the equaliser did come shortly after. Another Leake cross wasn't dealt with by the Birmingham defence, which allowed Jarvis to volley past the stranded Bradley-Hurst.
This time it was the Blues who responded positively as Aidan Finnegan’s low drive went narrowly wide. Undeterred, they regained their one-goal advantage ten minutes later when Williams’ curling effort beat the outstretched dive of Cartwright to put the visitors back ahead.
The end-to-end action continued with the Tigers levelling the scores for the second time just two minutes after falling behind. Bradley-Hurst didn’t deal with Harry Wood’s free-kick and the loose ball fell to Jarvis, who fired it into the empty net.
Cartwright was then forced into action saving well to stop Callum Sullivan’s effort before Snelgrove volleyed over from Wood’s corner at the other end of the pitch.
Smith was then forced off the pitch with a concussion and was replaced by Swift in the middle of the back four. The final action of a frantic first half saw the Tigers' loud penalty claims waved away by the referee when Bayram's header was blocked on the line by a Birmingham defender.
Guilfoyle and Swift both fired decent chances wide of the target in the opening stages of the second half before Hinds saw his effort pushed onto the post by Bradley-Hurst. The Birmingham keeper was called upon once again when keeping out Jarvis' shot on goal, with Snelgrove coming close to putting the Tigers ahead when heading into the side-netting from Jarvis' cross.
The Blues gave a timely reminder of their threat going forward when Swift was called upon to block Kai George’s shot, with Yoane Zohore then volleying over from Lucas Powell’s cross shortly after.
Bradley-Hurst saved shots from Jarvis and Hinds before a second penalty claim of the afternoon left the Tigers disappointed once again in stoppage-time. Jarvis burst through on goal only to be brought down by Rico Browne but the home side saw their appeals fall on deaf ears.
The Tigers continued to push for a winner as Josh Ward’s cross was punched away by Bradley-Hurst before the keeper held onto Jarvis’ attempt after Wood saw his initial shot blocked.
Hull City: Cartwright, Ward, Leake, Wood, Smith (Swift 45), Bayram, Hinds, Green, Guilfoyle (Power 84), Snelgrove (Beckett 74), Jarvis.
Subs Not Used: Fisk, Lovick.
Birmingham City: Bradley-Hurst, Kinina (Oakley 46), Powell, Finnegan, Browne, Djurovic, Williams, Walker (Nugesippi 83), Traore (George 54), Zohore, Sullivan.
Subs Not Used: Brooks, Hall.