Report: Hull City U23s 2 Bolton U23s 0
Second half goals from Tyler Hamilton and Ryan Hanson helped Hull City U23s claim all three points with a 2-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers at a rain-soaked University of Bolton Stadium on Monday night.
There were five changes to the side that beat Leeds United in the previous fixture. Full backs Lucas Odunston and Matty Jacob replaced Robbie McKenzie and Brandon Fleming. Andy Smith came into the back four allowing Hanson to move into midfield for Callum Jones. James Berry and Hamilton replaced Norbert Balogh and Keane Lewis-Potter.
The Bolton side included former Tiger James Weir and he had the first chance of the game but saw his shot deflected for a corner. From that corner Adam Senior headed wide for the hosts.
The Tigers' first chance was an audacious attempt from way out on the left by Berry. Spotting Bolton keeper Matthew Alexander off his line, the striker's lobbed effort sailed over the custodian only to land on the roof of the net.
Will Mannion produced a great save low to his right to push away Muhammadu Faal’s shot but the Bolton striker’s next effort left the City keeper as a virtual spectator as the ball smacked against the post and rebounded to safety.
Faal was a constant threat to the Tigers' defence in the first period and netted on the half hour mark only to be correctly flagged for offside. The Bolton man's next effort was a header from Aaron Skinner’s cross but this was easily held by Mannion.
Elliot Bonds required treatment after picking up a knock and although he initially continued, he was eventually forced off just before the break to be replaced by Jay Rouse.
It was once again Faal who caused City problems at the start of the second period. He latched onto a long ball from Jordan Boon on the left and cut inside but his strike on goal was comfortably held by Mannion.
The Tigers had a great chance to open the scoring when Billy Chadwick’s pass released Berry but he could fire wide of the post when well-placed. However, in next attack they took a 52nd minute lead. Hamilton raced away down the left, cut inside and curled a right foot shot across goal and into the bottom corner of the net.
Another run from Hamilton then created a chance for Chadwick but his 30-yard effort flew narrowly wide of the post.
The Tigers did manage to double their shortly after the hour mark though when Hanson burst into the box and, although his initial shot was blocked, the rebound fell to the midfielder to place a left foot shot past Alexander.
A Weir pass gave Faal another sight of goal but his tame effort was held by Mannion, who then made a good save to deny substitute Eddie Brown.
The Tigers defended their lead relatively comfortably in the closing stages with neither side having a meaningful attempt at goal in the final twenty minutes as Beale's side claimed a third straight Professional Development League win.
Bolton Wanderers: Matthew Alexander, Aaron Skinner (Nathan Whalley 72), Moussa Niakate, Adam Senior, Jordan Boon (D’Neal Richards 72), Luke Murphy (Eddie Brown 68), Callum King-Harmes, James Weir, Muhammadu Faal, Ronan Darcy, Chiori Johnson.
Subs Not Used: Luke Hutchinson, Joe White.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Lucas Odunston, Matty Jacob, Ryan Hanson, Andy Smith, Danny Lupano, Tyler Hamilton, Elliot Bonds (Jay Rouse 42), James Berry, Billy Chadwick, Ahmed Salam.
Subs Not Used: Harrison Foulkes, Jake Leake, Harry Wood, Harvey Carew.