Hull City Under-23s retained the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy after defeating North Ferriby FC 5-1 at Dransfield Stadium.
Despite going behind initially, finishes from Sincere Hall, Oliver Green, Will Jarvis, Aman Panesar and Keegan Green secured the silverware for the Tigers.
Richard Naylor and Conor Sellars named a mixed team of Under-23s and Under-18s for the fixture. Two unnamed trialists started in defence alongside new signing Jack Leckie, while seven scholars also featured in the matchday squad.
The first chance of the game fell to Glen Sani after two minutes. Green’s initial free-kick caused problems in the penalty area, with the loose ball finding the forward’s feet, but Sani’s strike was cleared off the line.
On 10 minutes, the hosts took the lead as Tom Corner got ahead of his marker to head home Jamie Forrester’s corner delivery. The Tigers looked to respond as Trialist B picked out the run of Sani, who headed narrowly wide, before Danny Earl tested Harry Fisk in the Hull City goal.
Jarvis almost captalised on a mistake from Niall Tilsley, but the Ferriby captain produced a last-ditch tackle to amend for his error, before Hall fired wide from the rebound.
The Tigers got themselves level on 32 minutes as great one-two touch passing play saw Green square the ball for Hall to convert from five yards. The Villagers looked to put themselves back in front before the half-time whistle, but Josh Dennett could only fire his effort wide.
It took Richard Naylor’s side seven minutes into the second half to take the lead as Green rifled a thunderous finish into the bottom corner past the dive of Lewis Hill. Immediately from the restart, Harvey Carew picked out Earl at the back post for Ferriby, but Tom Macauley produced a great block save to deny him.
Harry Lovick then tested Hill from range, before the Tigers doubled their lead from the penalty spot. After Keegan Green was fouled, Jarvis stepped up and dispatched his spot kick into the bottom corner.
Seven minutes later and Hull City had a fourth as Panesar beat the offside trap before calmly slotting his one-on-one effort past the onrushing Hill. In the other goal, Macauley acrobatically denied Tilsley, before Jake Martindale fired over from Danny Buttle’s cross.
With three minutes of normal time left to play, the Tigers got their fifth of the afternoon. Keegan Green raced onto Alfie Taylor’s threaded through pass, before dispatching his finish past Hill.
In stoppage time Macauley would produce two brilliant saves, denying Martindale twice in the matter of minutes. First blocking the Ferriby forward’s strike at the far post, before parrying away a header from point-blank range.
North Ferriby (4-3-3): Lewis Exall (Lewis Hill 46’); Josh Dennett (George Reading 64’), Oli Donald (Sam Moment 46’), Niall Tilsley (C) (Rinalds Jurkstis 77’), Robbie Start (Joel Shepherd 64’); Joel Shortland (Will Borman 64’), Jamie Forrester (Lewis Stephens 46’), Danny East (Ben Leyland 55’); Danny Earl (Jake Martindale 64’), Tom Corner (Harvey Carew 46’), Danny Emerton (Danny Buttle 46’).
Hull City (4-3-3): Harry Fisk (Tom Macauley 46’); Trialist A (James Carr 77’), Festus Arthur (Jack Leckie 71’), Jack Leckie (Alfie Taylor 46’), Trialist B (Jake Leake 46’); Harry Lovick (Rocco Coyle 64’), Oliver Green (C) (Kyle Fanning 71’), Harry Wallis (Keegan Green 46’); Will Jarvis (Sincere Hall 77’), Glen Sani (Mason Johnson 71’), Sincere Hall (Aman Panesar 56’).
Image: Mark Leighton