Ferriby Hit For Six
City retained the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy as goals from Peter Halmosi, Mark Cullen, Daniel Cousin, Will Atkinson, Nolberto Solano and Danny Emerton secured a comfortable 6-0 win over North Ferriby United.
Halmosi and Cullen struck in the opening half to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead at half time before Cousin, Atkinson, Solano and Emerton all found the back of the net during the second 45 minutes to complete the rout.
After sharing managerial responsibilities with Nick Barmby against Winterton on Monday night, Stuart Watkiss was in sole charge at Church Road with new Tigers boss Nigel Pearson watching from the stands.
City's Development Coach sent out a strong side for the opening 45 minutes with Matt Duke in goal, Andy Dawson, Anthony Gardner, Kamil Zayatte and trialist Zaltko Hebib at the back with a midfield four of James Harper, Seyi Olofinjana, Nicky Featherstone and Peter Halmosi. Up front, Nick Barmby patnered Caleb Folan.
Ferriby boss Neil Allison included four ex-Tigers in his starting line-up with Steve Wilson, Tom Matthews, Ben Morley and Russell Fry all involved whilst Gary Bradshaw was named amongst the substitutes.
City dominated proceedings right from the off and had the first attempt on goal six minutes into the game. Halmosi's cross from the left found its way to Barmby inside the box and he forced Wilson into a smart save with a low drive.
Harper, Featherstone and Halmosi then linked up well in the middle of the park to tee up a shooting opportunity for the Hungarian international but his goalbound effort was deflected over the bar. From the resulting corner kick, Nicky Featherstone's ball into the box was met by Gardner who managed to direct a header towards goal but it was comfortably dealt with by Wilson.
Folan was the next to try his luck but the Tigers' first-ever £1million signing failed to trouble the North Ferriby keeper, firing over from the edge of the box.
However, City's pressure finally told when they opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Halmosi swung in a free-kick from mid-way inside the North Ferriby half that evaded everyone inside the Ferriby box before nestling in the back of the net. Zayatte claimed to have made the faintest of contact to steer the ball past Wilson but the goal belonged to Halmosi.
The hosts then survived what looked like a decent penalty shout two minutes later when Paul Foot appeared to handle the ball only for the referee to ignore the City players' appeals and wave play on.
Harper's first appearance in a Tigers' shirt ended in disappointment as he was forced to limp off on the half hour mark with Mark Cullen coming on to replace him. His arrival saw Barmby switch to central midfield allowing the young Geordie to partner Folan up front.
Six minutes after stepping onto the pitch, Cullen made it 2-0 with a fine finish from 12 yards. Dawson broke down the left flank and picked out the youngster inside the box, who kept his cool to send a crisp drive into the bottom corner.
City came close to adding a third on two occasions before the break. Dawson curled a free-kick just wide from 25 yards whilst Cullen was just off target from the edge of the box.
Half Time: North Ferriby Utd 0 Hull City 2
Only Matt Duke retained his place in the side for the second half as the Tigers made ten changes during the break introducing Nolberto Solano, Kevin Kilbane, Paul McShane, Liam Cooper, Ian Ashbee, Tom Cairney, Danny Emerton, Will Atkinson, Daniel Cousin and Kamel Ghilas.
Almost immediately after the restart, it was 3-0. Atkinson released Ghilas down the left and his cross was met by Cousin, who sent a diving header past Ferriby's substitute goalkeeper and another former Tiger, Ben Hallam.
Moments later, Emerton fired over from distance whilst Hallam did well to save a Kilbane header from Cairney's corner although the referee's whistle had already gone for pushing inside the box.
Atkinson and Ghilas linked up well down the left once again to create an opening for the Beverley-born winger, who was unfortunate to see his attempt on goal deflected behind.
City were awarded a penalty on 61 minutes when McShane was bundled over inside the box. Ghilas stepped up to take the spot kick but fired tamely at Hallam who made the save but, fortunately for the Algerian, Atkinson was on hand to fire home the rebound from close range to make it 4-0.
And it was 5-0 four minutes later. Cousin was fouled 25 yards from goal and from the resulting set-piece, Solano curled a spectacular effort over the wall and into the bottom corner giving Hallam no chance whatsoeve
City didn't let up on their non-league opponents though and added a sixth with 19 minutes remaining. Cairney squared the ball to the impressive Emerton and the youngster fired an unstoppable effort from 20 yards into the bottom corner.
Cousin came within inches of adding his second and City's seventh goal of the night when his header from Solano's pin-point cross came back off the underside of the bar.
Duke was called upon for the first time in the second half on 76 minutes when he was forced to turn a free-kick from distance behind for a corner with smart save low to his right.
And the Tigers' custodian made another save moments later, albeit a much more comfortable one, when substitute Bradshaw attempted to find the back of the net with a cheeky chip 25 yards from goal.
The final scoreline could have been even worse for Ferriby had Ghilas and Cousin taken late chances but it mattered not as the Tigers made it two wins from two in their preparations for the 2010/11 Npower Championship campaign.
Tigers First Half Line-Up
Matt Duke, Zlatko Hebib, Andy Dawson, Anthony Gardner, Kamil Zayatte, Seyi Olofinjana, James Harper (Cullen 30), Nicky Featherstone, Peter Halmosi, Caleb Folan, Nick Barmby.
Tigers Second Half Line-Up
Matt Duke, Nolberto Solano, Kevin Kilbane, Paul McShane, Liam Cooper, Ian Ashbee, Tom Cairney, Danny Emerton, Will Atkinson, Daniel Cousin, Kamel Ghilas.