Match Report: Hull United 3 – 1 Hall Road Ranger XI

Match Report

The Citizens controlled most of the game, however they had to rely on second half goals from Lewis Poucher and debutants Sam O’Malley and Tom Kerins to see off a spirited Hall Road side. Hall Road Rangers were made up mainly of reserve team players and under 19’s, but also included young first team talents James Tullett and Reggi Waud.

The Citizens handed debuts to Kerins and O’Malley whilst Jay Asher also came into the side at right-back.

Asher’s evening was cut short prematurely with a foot injury, however Kerins and O’Malley had promising debuts for John Duffill’s side.

First Half

Hull United settled into the game quicker, but tried to be too direct in most of their play, Kerins blazed over from a Callum Staves cross, whilst left-winger Kerins linked well with striker O’Malley, latching onto the latter’s flick on, however the wide-man could only rattle the crossbar with Hall Road’s keeper beaten.

Hall Road responded with their first effort on target as a smart run by Tullett created an opening however his low effort was gathered by Rich Googe.

On 20 minutes Lewis Poucher rattled the post from a right from centre free kick, with Kerins forcing a save with the legs by Hall Road’s keeper, before Googe pulled off a fine save of his own to keep out Waud’s overhead kick.

Staves also struck the far post from the right and Poucher missed the target after a nice one-two with O’Malley as the opening period drawed to a close.

Second Half

Citizens boss John Duffill introduced Ben Kinsley, Tresor Ntombo-Kalilwa and Liam Khan during the break and they played some nice stuff as a team for long periods in the second half.

Ntombo-Kalilwa had the first chance of the half, using his lightening pace to get past his defender however he was denied by the Hall Road keeper who came out to parry away his effort.

Like in the weekend defeat at Chalk Lane though, it wasn’t soon after the break where United scored.

This time Lewis Poucher reacted quickest to cooly loft the ball over the keeper into the net after dropping a cross.

Cedric Prempeh managed to get the wrong side of his marker for the visitors as they enjoyed a good spell of possession but failed to make it count and they fell further behind on 59 minutes.

O’Malley was on hand to convert a cross from close range to double United’s lead.

The visitors though kept battling away and a dangerous challenge by Khan saw him been asked to be replaced, as the referee showed common sense instead of handing out a straight red card.

From the resulting free kick, Scott Freeman who had replaced Khan tried to clear his lines however he could only loop the ball over his own keeper to reduce the arrears.

The goal spurred Hall Road on as they enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Tullett forced an opening, but after opening his body shape his effort was easily gathered.

United regained their composure though and with twenty minutes remaining, restored their two goal cushion.

Kerins who had been a thorn in the side of the visitors throughout most of the night launched an ambitious effort from 25 yards which crept inside the post.

Hull United finished strongly, a sweeping counter attack saw a stinging O’Malley drive deflected over the crossbar by a covering defender, whilst Kerins glanced Kinsley’s effort straight at the keeper.

Freeman then hit his own post before Hill fired wide from distance and Kinsley headed narrowly wide from a cannon-like Josh Dennett throw.

The visitors then threatened from a neat cut in from the left and a powerful effort flirted with the far corner before arrowing narrowly wide.

Looking Forward

The result and performance, although purely academic, did provide Hull United with the perfect tonic ahead of their season opener at Hornsea Town on Saturday afternoon in their first Humber Premier League Premier Division fixture in four years.

The Citizens controlled most of the game, however they had to rely on second half goals from Lewis Poucher and debutants Sam O’Malley and Tom Kerins to see off a spirited Hall Road side. Hall Road Rangers were made up mainly of reserve team players and under 19’s, but also included young first team talents James Tullett and Reggi Waud.

The Citizens handed debuts to Kerins and O’Malley whilst Jay Asher also came into the side at right-back.

Asher’s evening was cut short prematurely with a foot injury, however Kerins and O’Malley had promising debuts for John Duffill’s side.

Hull United settled into the game quicker, but tried to be too direct in most of their play, Kerins blazed over from a Callum Staves cross, whilst left-winger Kerins linked well with striker O’Malley, latching onto the latter’s flick on, however the wide-man could only rattle the crossbar with Hall Road’s keeper beaten.

Hall Road responded with their first effort on target as a smart run by Tullett created an opening however his low effort was gathered by Rich Googe.

On 20 minutes Lewis Poucher rattled the post from a right from centre free kick, with Kerins forcing a save with the legs by Hall Road’s keeper, before Googe pulled off a fine save of his own to keep out Waud’s overhead kick.

Staves also struck the far post from the right and Poucher missed the target after a nice one-two with O’Malley as the opening period drawed to a close.

Citizens boss John Duffill introduced Ben Kinsley, Tresor Ntombo-Kalilwa and Liam Khan during the break and they played some nice stuff as a team for long periods in the second half.

Ntombo-Kalilwa had the first chance of the half, using his lightening pace to get past his defender however he was denied by the Hall Road keeper who came out to parry away his effort.

Like in the weekend defeat at Chalk Lane though, it wasn’t soon after the break where United scored.

This time Lewis Poucher reacted quickest to cooly loft the ball over the keeper into the net after dropping a cross.

Cedric Prempeh managed to get the wrong side of his marker for the visitors as they enjoyed a good spell of possession but failed to make it count and they fell further behind on 59 minutes.

O’Malley was on hand to convert a cross from close range to double United’s lead.

The visitors though kept battling away and a dangerous challenge by Khan saw him been asked to be replaced, as the referee showed common sense instead of handing out a straight red card.

From the resulting free kick, Scott Freeman who had replaced Khan tried to clear his lines however he could only loop the ball over his own keeper to reduce the arrears.

The goal spurred Hall Road on as they enjoyed their best spell of the game.

Tullett forced an opening, but after opening his body shape his effort was easily gathered.

United regained their composure though and with twenty minutes remaining, restored their two goal cushion.

Kerins who had been a thorn in the side of the visitors throughout most of the night launched an ambitious effort from 25 yards which crept inside the post.

Hull United finished strongly, a sweeping counter attack saw a stinging O’Malley drive deflected over the crossbar by a covering defender, whilst Kerins glanced Kinsley’s effort straight at the keeper.

Freeman then hit his own post before Hill fired wide from distance and Kinsley headed narrowly wide from a cannon-like Josh Dennett throw.

The visitors then threatened from a neat cut in from the left and a powerful effort flirted with the far corner before arrowing narrowly wide.

The result and performance, although purely academic, did provide Hull United with the perfect tonic ahead of their season opener at Hornsea Town on Saturday afternoon in their first Humber Premier League Premier Division fixture in four years.

Match Report by Neil Winsor

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