Report: HullCity U23s 0 Burnley U23s 1
Hull City U23s suffered a second successive Professional Development League defeat when they were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at the Roy West Centre on Monday night.
Jon Beale and Andy Dawson made seven changes to the side which conceded a late goal to lose at Birmingham City in their previous outing. With Will Mannion having joined Kidderminster on loan, Matt Ingram was given a run out between the sticks.
Robbie McKenzie, Brandon Fleming, Matthew Pennington, Ryan Tafazolli, Stephen Kingsley and Keane Lewis-Potter also came into the side as the Tigers named a relatively strong line-up. Lucas Odunston, Matty Jacob, Danny Lupano, Andy Smith, Josh Hinds and James Berry dropped out of the side.
Tyler Hamilton’s pass provided an early chance for Fleming but his left-foot strike flew across the face of goal. Burnley’s first chance also fell to their number three, but Anthony Glennon put his free-kick over the crossbar.
Tafazolli then got on the end of a Fleming free-kick but his effort went wide of the post. Just after the half hour mark there was a delay when one of the assistant referees pulled up injured and had to be replaced by the fourth official.
There were very few scoring opportunities in the opening period but the best chance came the way of the Tigers when Hamilton’s pass sent Lewis-Potter clear but he was denied by a last-ditch block from Scott Wilson, which sent the front-man's effort wide of the target.
The Tigers thought they had taken the lead nine minutes into the second period when Lewis-Potter netted from Fleming’s low cross but he was denied by the offside flag. And just a minute later Lewis-Potter had another chance when he latched onto a McKenzie pass, but was left frustrated as his shot drifted agonisingly wide.
City’s next chance came from a Fleming corner which was headed back by Tafazolli to Elliot Bonds but his well struck shot was straight at Burnley keeper George McMahon.
The Tigers continued to create chances with Hamilton firing wide from Bonds’ pass before Jordan Hickey’s header was flicked on to Lewis-Potter, who saw his shot blocked by McMahon.
Lewis-Potter, Fleming and Bonds then combined to send substitute James Berry through but he shot high over the crossbar before Kingsley and Lewis-Potter created a chance for Fleming whose strike went wide of the near post.
In the last of three added minutes it was the visitors who grabbed the only goal of the game. The home defence failed to clear Glennon’s corner and, in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, Kingsley cleared one effort off the line before Christian N’Guessan’s shot found the bottom corner of the net.
Hull City: Matt Ingram, Robbie McKenzie, Brandon Fleming, Matthew Pennington, Ryan Tafazolli, Stephen Kingsley, Jordan Hickey, Elliot Bonds, Keane Lewis-Potter, Tyler Hamilton (James Berry 82), Callum Jones.
Subs Not Used: David Robson, Matty Jacob, Lucas Odunston, Danny Lupano.
Burnley: George McMahon, Jordan Cropper (Ryan Cooney 57), Anthony Glennon, Mace Goodridge, Bobby Thomas, Scott Wilson, Ali Koiki, Christian N’Guessan, Rob Harker (Joel Mumbongo 64), Lewis Richardson, Ne-Jai Tucker.
Subs Not Used: Lukas Jensen, Joel Senior, Adam Phillips.