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City Record Friendly Victory

Posted on: Sun 19 Jul 2009

Hull City made it two wins in 24 hours as they followed up Saturday's victory over North Ferriby with a 3-0 success against Winterton Rangers at West Street on Sunday lunchtime.

Although the win against the Lincolnshire outfit wasn't as emphatic in terms of the scoreline, it was another more than useful workout for Phil Brown's side.

Peter Halmosi and Geovanni were handed their first appearances this pre-season, while youngster Jamie Devitt made the most of another opportunity to impress on the right wing.

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The Republic of Ireland Under 19 international saw his fifth-minute cross sliced against the frame of the goal by a Winterton defender following good work out wide and a minute later, Halmosi was denied by a save from goalkeeper Jamie Allen.

Geovanni struck the post with a superb free kick curled over the wall from 20 yards before Devitt was back in the thick of the action, cutting in from the right before firing just over the bar with his left foot.

City weren't having it all their own way as Rangers worked hard to hurry their opponents, but Tony Warner was rarely asked to get his gloves dirty.

A heavy downpour midway through the half sent many fans scurrying for cover as City continued to hunt the opening goal.

Geovanni was denied by Allen and from the resulting corner, Steven Mouyokolo's header brought an even better save out of the goalkeeper.

Allen was at it again when he tipped what looked like a cross from Devitt onto the bar, but the Rangers' stopper was finally beaten three minutes before the break.

Devitt whipped a dangerous free kick into the box and saw it met by the head of Mouyokolo. Allen produced a fantastic save, but the ball fell for last season's Young Player of the Year Tom Cairney who fired home the rebound from close range.

Tom Cairney

Tom Cairney opened the scoring for the Tigers

Unfortunately for Winterton, Allen was injured in trying to deny the goal and he left the field with what looked like a dislocated shoulder.

Half Time: Tigers 1-0 Winterton Rangers

City once again made 11 changes at the interval with the likes of Michael Turner, George Boateng and Craig Fagan entering the action along with trialist Jerome Thomas and young goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

It was Thomas who was first to show any attacking intent after the restart as he dribbled past two defenders before seeing his shot saved.

Fagan then saw an effort cleared off the line, but it was from that passage of play that the Tigers doubled their lead in the 63rd minute.

City worked the loose ball back to the edge of the area where Boateng delivered a low left foot shot into the corner of the net.

George Boateng

George Boateng netted City's second

The Tigers continued to press forward and Marney was unlucky to see his low drive pushed wide, but the midfielder was to get his name on the scoresheet with 16 minutes remaining.

Thomas played a delightful one-two with Fagan which sent him goalwards. His shot was pushed away by the goalkeeper but Marney was in the right place to convert the rebound.

Dean Marney

Dean Marney rounded off the scoring

There was one last chance for City to add to their lead in the final minute but Thomas could only find the side-netting after being played through on goal.

The Tigers' pre-season preparations now take a step up with games against Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday to come in the next seven days.

Tigers (First Half): Tony Warner, Nathan Doyle, Steven Mouyokolo, Liam Cooper, Kevin Kilbane, Jamie Devitt, Tom Cairney, Nicky Featherstone, Peter Halmosi, Geovanni, Caleb Folan.

Tigers (Second Half): Mark Oxley, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Anthony Gardner, Andy Dawson, Bernard Mendy, Dean Marney, George Boateng, Jerome Thomas, Craig Fagan, Daniel Cousin.

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