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Tigers Lose Windass Benefit Match

Posted on: Sun 09 Aug 2009

Hull City were beaten 1-0 by Aberdeen in the Dean Windass Benefit Match at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Windass wore the shirts of both sides during the 90 minutes but couldn't come up with a goal to round off his day.

Seyi Olofinjana was handed his first appearance in a Hull City shirt while Matt Duke started in goal with Boaz Myhill still not fully fit. Craig Fagan returned from injury and trialist Henri Camara was included on the bench.

Both sides formed a guard of honour for Windass, who received a wonderful welcome from both sets of fans. Wearing the number nine shirt for the Tigers, the forward kicked the game off and played the opening five minutes before being replaced by Daniel Cousin.


During that time, Dean Marney went close to giving City the lead, but his fierce volley was well saved by Stuart Nelson in the Aberdeen goal.

One of Cousin's early touches saw him drag an effort wide of goal after he had been set up by a nice header from Fagan.

Duke's poor clearance from Bernard Mendy's back-pass gifted an opportunity to Aberdeen in the ninth minute, but from a difficult angle, Chris Maguire fired wide.

Despite that scare, City were the better side but creating chances was proving to be difficult. Marney was energetic from midfield while a couple of dangerous crosses from Mendy went without reward.

The next effort on goal came from Olofinjana, but Nelson was equal to the Nigerian's low shot.

However, it was Aberdeen who took the lead on 38 minutes. Sone Aluko picked out Lee Miller with a left-wing cross and the striker planted a firm header past Duke into the net with the aid of a touch from Anthony Gardner.

Half Time: Tigers 0-1 Aberdeen

Windass was back for the start of the second half, this time in the number ten shirt of Aberdeen and he almost provided a goal, but his volley was blocked.

Meanwhile, the Tigers introduced Tony Warner, Nick Barmby and Camara for Duke, Geovanni and Olofinjana.

Warner had to at his best to deny Miller a second, the goalkeeper saving well at point-blank range.

The same player went close again on 68 minutes with a run and shot that flew over the bar.

At the other end, Camara's deflected shot went wide to give City a corner, but Marney's ball in was punched clear by the keeper.

Windass returned to the action in a City shirt for the final few minutes, replacing Mendy.


Tigers: Matt Duke (Tony Warner 46), Bernard Mendy, Michael Turner (Kamil Zayatte 78), Anthony Gardner (Steven Mouyokolo 78), Andy Dawson (Kevin Kilbane 60), Craig Fagan (Nathan Doyle 51), Seyi Olofinjana (Henri Camara 46), George Boateng (Peter Halmosi 60), Dean Marney, Geovanni (Nick Barmby 46), Daniel Cousin (Caleb Folan 51).

Subs Not Used: Nicky Featherstone, Will Atkinson.

Aberdeen: Stuart Nelson, Charles Mulgrew, Richard Foster, Gary McDonald, Stuart Duff, Andrew Considine, Christopher Maguire, Mark Kerr, Lee Miller, Darren Mackie, Sone Aluko.

Subs: Mitchel Megginson, Derek Young, Jonathan Crawford, Rogvi Holm, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Trialist, Scott Bain.

Referee: Mr A. Marriner.

Attendance: 8,272.

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