North Ferriby United 1 (Muldoon 48)
Hull City 3 (Mclean 58, Fryatt pen 71, Simpson 81)
Hull City opened their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win against North Ferriby United at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Monday evening.
Steve Bruce’s side were made to work hard for their win, coming from behind to claim their victory to retain the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy.
A large crowd at Church Road was treated to plenty of neat passing in the opening half.
Robert Koren fired an early shot across goal whilst Eldin Jakupovic’s first involvement came when saving a low Gary Bradshaw effort.
Both sides were enjoying spells of possession with City, as expected, controlling for long spells.
Mclean fired just wide from the edge of the box before the impressive Joe Dudgeon rounded off a flowing move with a low drive into the side-netting.
Bradshaw then lobbed an effort just over the bar from 20 yards before Ferriby came the closest to scoring in the opening 45 minutes when Bradshaw headed a corner goalwards, only for Chester to clear off the line.
Mclean saw a low shot saved by Antoni Pecora as City looked to up the pressure.
City’s best chance of the first half fell the way of Fryatt after he was played through on goal by a neat pass from Koren, but a heavy touch allowed Pecora to race off his line and smother the ball.
Half Time: Tigers 0-0 North Ferriby
City made just one change at the interval with Seyi Olofinjana replacing Corry Evans.
It took just a couple of minutes for Ferriby to take the lead. Neat play down the left by Ben Hunter resulted in the ball being cut back for the lively Jack Muldoon, who produced a composed finish from close range.
City were almost level straight away when Fryatt was set free, but his lob from 18 yards had just too much on it as it went over the bar.
Fryatt looked City’s best threat as he tried his luck again moments later, this time seeing his effort hit the side-netting.
Chester then carried City on the attack, advancing to the edge of the Ferriby box before finding Mclean, but a heavy first touch saw the chance pass.
The Tigers were level just before the hour with a nicely worked move. Olofinjana moved play out to the right wing where Cameron Stewart delivered a delicious near post cross onto the head of Mclean at the near post and the striker guided the ball past Pecora and into the net.
Paul McShane went close to putting City in front with a 25-yard blast, but his effort flew just over before Stewart saw a low shot saved after a promising burst forward.
The Tigers took the lead from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Fryatt won the spot kick after being tripped just inside the Ferriby box and the striker picked himself up to fire the penalty past Pecora. It was Fryatt’s last action before being replaced by Mark Cullen.
Ferriby threatened with a fierce drive from the edge of the box which Jakupovic did well to turn away for a corner.
Jay Simpson almost had City further ahead but his fierce strike came back off the Ferriby bar.
Ferriby goalkeeper Pecora then did really well to thwart Stewart after Simpson’s burst of pace and cut-back had set up a chance.
Simpson did get his name on the scoresheet nine minutes from time when he controlled a mis-hit shot from Cullen before rolling a shot home into the far corner of the net from six yards.
City were now threatening to run away with it and Cullen was unlucky to see his effort hit the woodwork on its way wide.
That proved to be the final chance of the game as City ended as winners.
Eldin Jakupovic, Paul McShane (Danny East 68), James Chester (Sonny Bradley 69), Liam Cooper (Alex Bruce 65), Joe Dudgeon, Robert Koren (Jay Simpson 65), Corry Evans (Seyi Olofinjana 46), Tom Cairney, Cameron Stewart, Aaron Mclean
(Conor Townsend 72), Matty Fryatt (Mark Cullen 71).
Subs: Mark Oxley, Alex Bruce, Sonny Bradley, Danny East, Paul McKenna, Seyi Olofinjana, Danny Emerton, Jay Simpson, Mark Cullen.
North Ferriby (First Half): Antoni Pecora, Steve Gardner, Steve Ridley, Liam King, Sam Belcher, Paul Foot, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Jack Muldoon, Gary Bradshaw, Chris White.
North Ferriby (Second Half): Antoni Pecora, James Williams, Mark Gray, Paul Foot, Nathan Peat, Chris Hall, Neil Stevens, Chris Bolder, Ben Hunter, Lee Morris, Jack Muldoon.