Tigers Claim Win In Galway
Hull City will count Friday night's friendly match against Galway United as a more than useful exercise.
Coming away from Terryland Park with a 1-0 win courtesy of Nick Barmby's first half goal was pleasing, but so was the game time gained by a number of City's senior players.
Phil Brown chose to take a look at a strike-partnership of Jozy Altidore and Amr Zaki while Kamil Zayatte, Kamel Ghilas and Seyi Olofinjana were given the opportunity to gain some valuable game time.
Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane captained the side while reserve team manager Aidan Davison came out of retirement to provide goalkeeping back-up to Matt Duke.
City went close in only the first minute as Tom Cairney fired a free kick from 25 yards out just over the bar.
Galway, using this game as preparation for the new Irish league season which starts next week, also had an early opportunity, but midfielder Gary Curran skied over from close range.
Cairney was at the heart of a good City move on 15 minutes, playing a couple of neat one-twos on the left before feeding Jozy Altidore but the striker blazed high and wide from the edge of the box.
Duke had to be alert to tip over Derek O'Brien's fantastic 20-yard volley. From the resulting corner, the goalkeeper dropped the ball, but Galway couldn't take advantage.
Zaki brought a decent save out of home goalkeeper Barry Ryan with a right-foot curler and from the resulting corner, Ibrahima Sonko headed just wide.
The Tigers took the lead on 38 minutes. Ghilas played a neat through ball for Nick Barmby, who beat the offside trap before clipping the ball into the far corner of the net.
Half Time: Tigers 1-0 Galway United
Karl Sheppard had a great chance to level early in the second half, but he failed to convert a right-wing cross from close range.
The home side were putting some pressure on City, winning a string of corners but they couldn't make them count.
Barmby's night came to an end just after the hour mark as he was replaced by Steven Mouyokolo. That change saw Kilbane move into midfield with Liam Cooper going to left back.
Substitute Nicky Featherstone, on for Cairney, saw a shot deflected wide while horrible slice from Seamus Conneely almost resulted in an own goal.
Zaki should have doubled City's lead from a Ghilas through ball, but replacement goalkeeper Kyle Letheren came out to block.
Duke produced a fantastic save to tip over Cian McBrien's deflected free kick as City saw out the closing stages.
Tigers: Matt Duke, Kamil Zayatte, Liam Cooper, Ibrahima Sonko (Paul McShane 71), Kevin Kilbane, Kamel Ghilas, Seyi Olofinjana, Tom Cairney (Nicky Featherstone 67) , Nick Barmby (Steven Mouyokolo 61), Amr Zaki, Jozy Altidore (Mark Cullen 76).
Sub Not Used: Aidan Davison.
Galway: Barry Ryan (Kyle Letheren 46), Seamus Conneely, Rhys Meynell (Jason Molloy 84), Thomas Heary (Paul Sinnott 33), Jamie McKenzie, Gary Curran (Jonathan Keane 77), Bobby Ryan (Ingo Enzenberger 71), Ciaran Foley (Cian McBrien60), Anthony Flood (Pablo Rodrigez 83), Karl Sheppard (Tom King 84), Derek O'Brien (James Creaney 75).
Subs Not Used: Steve Walsh, Bee Ami