Report: Scunthorpe Utd U23s 2 Hull City U23s 3
A late goal from Callum Jones gave Hull City U23s their first Premier League Cup victory of the season with a 3-2 win against Scunthorpe United at the Sands Venue Stadium on Monday night.
The Tigers' side showed seven changes to the starting side which conceded a stoppage time goal to lose at West Bromwich Albion six days earlier with Matt Ingram, Robbie McKenzie, Dan Batty, Norbert Bologh and recent signing Marcus Maddison were all named in the starting line-up.
With Danny Lupano having made a loan move to Derry City, Andy Smith came into the centre of defence and Elliot Bonds was restored to the midfield. Andy Dawson’s son Joey was amongst the Scunthorpe substitutes.
It was the Iron who created the first chance of the game when Devarn Green and George Miller combined to give Alfie Beestin a shooting opportunity but he sliced his effort wide of the near post.
Beestin had another chance when he latched onto a long ball from Jo Cummings but this time he lobbed an effort wide of the post. Ryan Colclough produced a fine run for the Iron as he cut in from the left and his right foot strike was only just wide of the post.
Ingram made a low save from Tom Pugh after City could only half clear Jai Rowe’s cross from the right before Scunthorpe finally grabbed the lead in the 24th minute. Colclough played a free-kick short to Green, whose left foot strike from the edge of the box found the bottom corner of Ingram’s net.
The Tigers looked for an immediate response but James Berry saw his shot blocked and Batty fired high and wide from outside the box. Berry curled another effort over the crossbar before Bonds was similarly off target when Balogh laid the ball back to him just outside the box.
Just before the break Mason O’Malley’s cross from the left found Green but his shot was blocked and the referee was unimpressed by Iron appeals for handball.
A Batty cross created a chance early in the second period but Balogh couldn’t get his header on target whilst at the other end Beestin was off target with a left foot strike from outside the box.
Balogh's pass sent Berry on a driving run but he could only direct his shot straight at Scunthorpe keeper Adam Kelsey. Miller fired wide of the near post from a narrow angle for the hosts whilst for City a great strike from Bonds was only inches too high.
The Tigers drew level in the 59th minute when Batty’s lay off was perfect for Balogh to find the back of the net with a right foot shot from the edge of the box.
Miller was narrowly wide with a header as Scunthorpe looked to restore their lead, which they eventually did in the 73rd minute. Again it came from a Colclough free-kick, this time Cummings knocking the ball down to an unmarked Miller whose left foot shot went in off the base of the post.
Substitute Billy Chadwick had a shot deflected just wide before netting for the second game running, firing in from close range in the 81st minute.
After twice coming from behind, City took the lead for the first time of the evening with just three minutes remaining. McKenzie produced a great cross from the right and, although Kelsey tipped Ahmed Salam’s header onto the crossbar, Jones hammered the rebound into the net.
The Tigers almost increased their lead in stoppage time but McKenzie’s free-kick struck the crossbar.
Scunthorpe United: Adam Kelsey, Jai Rowe, Mason O’Malley, Tom Pugh, Charlie Barks, Jo Cummings, Ryan Colclough (Yosin Ben El-Mhanni 84), Yann Songo’o (Harry Jessop 59), George Miller, Alfie Beestin (Joey Dawson 76), Devarn Green.
Subs Not Used: Tom Collins, Cameron Wilson.
Hull City: Matt Ingram, Robbie McKenzie, Matty Jacob, Elliot Bonds, Andy Smith, Lewis Ritson, James Berry, Dan Batty (Jordan Hickey 63), Norbert Balogh (Billy Chadwick 70), Callum Jones, Marcus Maddison (Ahmed Salam 62).
Subs Not Used: Harvey Cartwright, Jake Leake.