Report: Hull City U18s 2 Crewe U18s 1
Hull City Under-18s returned to winning ways at the first time of asking with a 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday in what was their final home of the 2018/19 campaign.
Goals in each half from MacAuley Snelgrove and Andy Smith sealed all three points for the Tigers in the U18 Professional Development League, despite Connor Heath netting a consolation for the visitors.
John Anderson and Terry Boyle made three changes to the side that was beaten 2-0 by Charlton Athletic at the weekend. Jake Leake, Owen Evans and Jay Rouse were replaced by Ben Adamson, Ryan Hansen and MacAuley Snelgrove, with Rouse pulling out of the starting line-up just before kick-off due to injury.
The Tigers were quick out of the blocks at Bishop Burton and almost grabbed an early when Andy Smith’s long ball found Dan Hawkins, but the young Welshman couldn’t sort his feet quickly enough as Crewe goalkeeper Sam Booth gathered.
It was the visitors who had the first real shot of the game though as Nathan Woodthorpe picked out Connor Heath in space, but his effort deflected off Ben Adamson and over the bar.
Will Taylor tested Booth from distance at the other end pf the pitch after cutting cut inside from the left-wing, but he could only fire his right-footed effort straight at the Crewe goalkeeper. Quinn Thompson was next to take aim only for the full-back to see his effort blocked by a Crewe defender, with Rob Guilfoyle’s rebound suffering the same result.
Crewe almost took the lead on 25 minutes through Heath, who saw his curling effort beat Harvey Cartwright only to come back off the upright. The Tigers' keeper had to be alert moments later when holding onto Tyreece Onyeka’s shot.
Hawkins should have put the Tigers ahead after he was picked out by Guilfoyle’s pass, but could only guide his effort straight at Booth. Tommy Best then fired wide after linking up well with Snelgrove to create space for the shot.
The opening goal of the game came five minutes before the break - and it went the way of the Tigers. Thompson found Snelgrove in space inside the box and the youngster produced a composed finish to fire past Booth and find the back of the net.
Crewe almost equalised at the start of the second half when a quick free-kick routine found Onyeka in space, but Cartwright was perfectly-placed to keep the effort out.
And the Tigers made Crewe pay for that miss by doubling their lead on the hour mark. Good link up play between Hawkins and Best led to the latter firing a cross towards the the back post where Smith was on hand to guide the ball into the back of the net.
The two-goal lead didn't last for long though as the visitors pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart through Heath.
Snelgrove came close to grabbing his second goal of the day as he latched onto a long ball before rounding Booth, but was unfortunate to see his goal-bound effort blocked on the line by Crewe skipper Matt Fenton.
The visitors threw everything at the Tigers in the last fifteen minutes as they went on search of an equaliser with Heath firing a free-kick over, before Joe Robbins’ shot was deflected wide.
Hawkins could have finished it for the Tigers, but his low shot was gathered by Booth as the Tigers held on to claim all three points.
Hull City: Cartwright, Thompson, Smith, Hansen, Adamson, Greaves, Taylor, Best, Guilfoyle (Beckett 81), Hawkins, Snelgrove.
Subs Not Used: Lovick.
Crewe: Booth, Hartshorn, Woodthorpe, Odipe (Ojalo 57), Fenton, Southern (Allen 71), Lokko, Robbins, Linton, Heath, Onyeka (Green 82).
Subs Not Used: Walklate.