Report: Hull City U18s 6 Bolton Wanderers U18s 2
Hull City Under-18s began 2019 in impressive fashion with a convincing 6-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Bishop Burton College on Saturday.
Rob Guilfoyle netted a hat-trick with Dan Hawkins, Tommy Best and Harry Wood also in the scoresheet as the Tigers claimed all three points, despite a second half brace from Bolton substitute Bradley Holmes.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the afternoon with Hrvey Cartwright called into action early on in order to keep out Callum-King Harmes' effort.
However, the Tigers were handed the perfect opportunity to open the scoring when Tommy Best was upended inside the box and Hawkins stepped up to slot his penalty into the bottom corner.
The winger then almost turned provider for a second as his cross picked out Harry Wood, only for the midfielder to send his effort over the bar.
Cartwright was kept busy at the other end, making a great to deny King-Harmes for a second time after the visitors' appeals for a penalty were waved away by the referee.
Matthew Barnes and King-Harmes both fired efforts off target for Bolton before the Tigers doubled their lead. Best won the ball back in midfield before his pass found Hawkins and his cross found Guilfoyle, who found the top corner with a fine finish.
Bolton nearly got one back straight from kick-off as Barnes’ effort was pushed behind by Cartwright. And, from the resulting corner, Dermalio Sterling sent a free header wide of the target.
And the Trotters were made to pay for the miss when the Tigers added a third goal before the break. Best won the ball in midfield before dribbling past Adam Senior and firing a left-footed shot into the top corner.
John Anderson and Terry Boyle's side started the second half as they finished the first with Jay Rouse seeing his initial effort blocked before firing the second chance over the bar. Ben Adamson should have added a fourth, only to direct his free header from Hawkins' corner off target.
The fourth did arrive though through Guilfoyle's second of the game. Wood's pass picked out the striker inside the Bolton box and his low effort found the back of the net via the aid of a deflection off the sliding Senior to guide it past Callum James.
Cartwright was then called into action to make two good saves, first stopping Joe White’s drive before keeping out Barnes’ effort. But the Tigers' keeper could do to prevent Bradley Holmes from pulling a goal back for the visitors.
The response from the home wide was emphatic though, as they restored their four-goal lead just a minute after the restart. Although Guilfoyle's penalty was well kept out by James, the striker fired home at the second attempt to complete his hat-trick.
Bolton were denied by the frame of the goal as they continued to attack, with Barnes’ volley firmly hitting the crossbar before Wood added a sixth goal ten minutes from time. After winning possession from Holmes, the midfielder sent a looping cross-shot over James and into the back of the net.
The visitors grabbed a late consolation as Holmes fired in at the back post from Barnes' cross before Cartwright was called upon to make two late saves to ensure the Tigers kicked off the new year in style.
Hull City: Cartwright, Taylor, Nicholls, Wood, Adamson, Smith, Hawkins, Best, Guilfoyle (Snelgrove 86), Rouse (Beckett 85), Carew (Leake 85).
Subs Not Used: Fisk, Mills.
Bolton Wanderers: James, Whalley, White, Graham, Senior, Richards, King-Harmes, Riley (Edmundson 46), Sterling (Lockett 71), Sithole (Holmes 46), Barnes.
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Osigwe.