Hull City U23s recorded back-to-back victories as they defeated Professional Development League play-off contenders Cardiff City 3-0 in their final home game of the season at the MKM Stadium.
Goals from Will Jarvis, an unnamed trialist and McCauley Snelgrove secured the three points for the Tigers, with the Bluebirds going down to 10-men as Siya Ligendza was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident.
Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made five changes to the starting XI that defeated Ipswich Town 1-0 last time out. An unnamed trialist started while there were returns to the side for Harvey Cartwright, Alfie Taylor, Louis Beckett and Sincere Hall respectively.
Both teams saw tame efforts held by their respected goalkeepers in the opening exchanges as the Cardiff trialist tested Cartwright from range, before Harry Wood fired straight at Matt Turner. Beckett then drilled his effort over the bar, after Jake Leake’s cross was half-cleared, while at the other end, Cartwright saved well at his near post to deny James Crole.
A minute later, Cardiff had the ball in the back of the net as Crole’s low delivery found Ligendza, who in-turn finished at the back post, but it was disallowed as the linesman had flagged for offside.
Six minutes later, the Tigers took the lead as Hall played through Jarvis, who curled his strike into the bottom corner after cutting back inside onto his right-foot. The visitors looked to respond immediately, but Jack Leahy’s shot went over the bar.
Cartwright then saved against Ligendza, before the Tigers’ shot-stopper caught a loose ball as Crole’s strike deflected off the onrushing Festus Arthur. At the other end, Snelgrove forced a save from Turner, before the Cardiff trialist fired over from 20-yards out.
Chances were a premium in the opening stages of the second half as Wood drilled his strike narrowly wide past the left-hand post, before Arthur blocked Ligendza close ranged effort.
The visitors were reduced to ten men as Ligendza was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Leake, who received a yellow card for his part. The Tigers looked to make their man advantage count as Jarvis sliced his one-on-one effort wide, before the Hull City trialist doubled the lead after converting Hall’s front-post cross.
In the latter stages of the game, Cardiff looked to pull a goal back as substitute Morgan Wrigley was teed up by Crole, but the forward’s attempt was parried away by Cartwright. Five minutes from time, the Tigers secured the victory by scoring a third, with Snelgrove getting on the end of Harry Wallis’ pass to finish at the near post.
Hull City (4-3-3): Harvey Cartwright; Louis Beckett, Festus Arthur, Alfie Taylor, Jake Leake (C); Harry Lovick, Harry Wood (Oliver Green 77’), Trialist; McCauley Snelgrove, Wil Jarvis, Sincere Hall (Harry Wallis 82’).
Subs Not Used: Harry Fisk, Henry Curtis, Rio Dyer.
Cardiff City (4-4-2): Matt Turner; Jai Semenyo, Ibrahim Bakare (C), Taylor Jones, Tom Davies; Isaac Jefferies (Joel Colwill 80’), Trialist (Morgan Wrigley 66’), Tavio D’Almeida, Jack Leahy; James Crole, Siya Ligendza.
Subs Not Used: Joe Thomas, Kyle Kenniford.
Image: Kai Connell