Will Keane's second half strike helped the Tigers' U23s to a 1-0 victory against Millwall at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday evening.
As well as Keane, Ondrej Mazuch and Kevin Stewart were given a run out in Jon Beale’s side which also included three trialists. Callum Smith, who scored twice in the 4-3 win at Ipswich Town, was joined by right back Rhydian Williams and striker Kieran Holsgrove. Will Mannion and Tyler Hamilton both returned to the starting line-up.
A Matty Jacob cross caused early problems for the Millwall defence and when they failed to clear Holsgrove’s left foot shot was kept out by Lions keeper Ryan Sandford before being cleared by a defender.
Holsgrove then saw a left foot strike blocked from Hamilton’s pass before Mazuch met Dan Batty’s corner but his header was easily held by Sandford.
Hamilton then released Smith and although he was unable to get his shot away he laid the ball back to Keane whose right foot shot was heading for the bottom corner before it was pushed round the post by Sandford.
The Lions keeper easily held a left foot strike from Holsgrove on the half hour mark and Keane shot high and wide just before the break.
Holsgrove was off target with a chance early in the second period before the only goal of the game came in the 51st minute. Keane took advantage of hesitation in the Lions defence, advanced into the box and lashed a left foot strike past Sandford and into the net.
Mannion was called into action to save from David Adjiboye and then made a superb double save to tip away Noel Leighton’s cross and then keep out Ruben Duncan’s follow up.
The keeper easily held another Adjiboye shot before producing an outstanding save to tip Leighton’s right foot strike onto the post.
Millwall’s best chance came when Danny McNamara’s low cross was met by Adjiboye but he fired high over the bar from a great position.
In stoppage time Millwall claimed a handball against a defender but the referee turned down the appeal, ensuring that the young Tigers ended their home campaign with a win.
Hull City: Will Mannion, Rhydian Williams, Matty Jacob, Dan Batty, Lewis Ritson, Ondrej Mazuch, Tyler Hamilton, Kevin Stewart, Will Keane (Tom Powell 88), Kieran Holsgrove (Greg Olley 68), Callum Smith (Liam Edwards 68).
Subs Not Used: Jonathan Saltmer, Josh Thacker.
Millwall: Ryan Sandford, Danny McNamara, Junior Tiensia, Harry Donovan, Jessie Debrah, Christian Mbulu, David Adjiboye, Jethro Hanson, Noel Leighton (Kayne Diedrick-Roberts 88), Isaac Olaofe, Joe Wicks (Ruben Duncan 46).
Subs Not Used: Seb Barton, Lewis West.