Second-Half goals from Oliver Green and Billy Chadwick secured the Tigers’ place into the final of the prestigious competition as they wait to see who they’ll face between North Ferriby FC and Hull United, who respectively play next Tuesday in the second Semi-Final.
It was the Academy team who created the first chance of the game as Harry Wood found the run of Chadwick, but the striker’s attempt was blocked by Sam Thames. The Sculcoates’ defender was then forced to block alongside goalkeeper Pat Weaver to deny McCauley Snelgrove, before referee Jack Wilkin waved away a penalty appeal as Chadwick thought he was fouled on the attempted rebound.
Green then found the run of Chadwick with a great chipped pass, but Weaver was sharp off his line to end that opportunity, before Jake Leake latched onto Alex John’s cross-field pass, but the fullback’s low cross was cleared away by the Sculcoates’ defence.
Wood then was denied twice within as many minutes as his drive was blocked by Thames, before his free-kick was held by Weaver at the second attempt. Matty Jacob had the last chance of the first-half as his dangerous cross was headed behind by defender Luke Cording.
In the second-half, Hull City goalkeeper Harry Fisk was called into action as he held Jack Rooks’ deflected cross before the Tigers opened the scoring on the 50th minute. Andy Smith’s long ball released Green through on goal and the midfielder rounded Weaver before calmly slotting the ball into the empty net to give Hull the lead.
The Tigers thought they doubled their lead moments later as Jacob released Snelgrove to score past Weaver from close-range, but Assistant Referee Adam Shimmin flagged for offside. Green was then unlucky to not score his second goal of the game as his lobbed attempt hit the roof of the net.
However, Chadwick scored just a minute later as the striker’s quick feet created him time and space to curl his effort into the bottom corner to double Hull’s lead.
Chadwick nearly turned provider for a possible third goal as he teed up Louis Beckett to shoot, but the midfielder’s effort flew over the bar.
At the other end, Alex Stock saw his cross-shot blocked behind by Jacob before from the resulting corner, Fisk had to be brave to claim Brad Needham’s delivery with the goalkeeper colliding with Sculcoates’ striker Chris Opie.
In the closing stages of the game, Hull were denied a third goal by Thames who cleared Wood’s lobbed effort off the line after the midfielder was picked out by Jacob, before Luca Sowerby saw his whipped free-kick fly over the bar.
In stoppage-time, Luke Rees was released by Wood’s pass, but the Hull striker fired his shot over as the Tigers progressed through to the final of the East Riding Senior Cup.
SCULCOATES AMATEURS: 1. Pat Weaver (GK) [C], 2. Sam Flowerdrew, 3. Liam White, 14. Jack Rooks (7. Brad Needham 68’), 5. Sam Thames, 6. Luke Cording, 16. Joe Busby (10. Jacob Todd 63’), 9. Chris Opie, 15. Alex Stock, 11. Ben Flowerdrew (4. Tom Leslie 46) 8. Luca Sowerby. Subs Not Used: 17. Aristides Cunha, 12. Kieran Kitching.
HULL CITY: 1. Harry Fisk (GK), 2. Matty Jacob, 3. Jake Leake, 4. Alex John, 5. Andy Smith, 6. Lewis Ritson [C] (14. Josh Ward 70’), 7. McCauley Snelgrove, 8. Ryan Hanson (15. Louis Beckett 28’), 9. Billy Chadwick (17. Luke Rees 73’), 10. Harry Wood, 11. Oliver Green. Subs Not Used: 12. Harvey Cartwright (GK), 16. McCauley Power.
MATCH OFFICALS: Jack Wilkin (Referee), Adam Shimmin & Martin Potter (Assistant Referee’s), Andrew Lea (Fourth Official).
Sculcoates Amateur Manager Tony Dobson:
“We’re disappointed to lose, but I thought on balance it was a fair result. I thought we started the game well and defensively we were very good and it showed as Hull City didn’t create a great amount of chances, but they took both their goals really well. I thought they played some decent stuff and paid us with respect by playing players like Billy Chadwick and Lewis Ritson, who are knocking on the door of the first-team.
“We are a better team in possession then what we showed tonight, but there was lots of positives to take from the game, because we have a young team and it was a massive learning curve for them to face full-time opposition.
“Games like this facing against quality opposition gives the lads a chance to get experience which a coach maybe can’t give them and the lads realised how hard they have to work to achieve the level they want to be at.
“Furthermore, I’d just like to say firstly good luck to Hull City in the final and secondly to say I think Jack Wilkin is a super referee who managed the game superbly; he let the game flow and talked to the players regularly.”
Hull City Academy Captain Lewis Ritson:
“I thought it was a very professional performance from us and we knew Sculcoates Amateurs would be a different test to what we usually face, but I thought we handled it well. We kept playing and was very patient and obviously got the two goals early on in the second half and then I thought we saw off the game comfortably.
“I thought Sculcoates had a good shape to be fair, but I thought we forced the ball too much at times like when we had long spells of possession, we were forcing passes through, but I thought our quality got better as the game went on.
“We train everyday while they maybe got a bit fatigued as they are only part-time and I think once we got the first goal and then the second so quickly in the second-half, I think the game was basically done and no disrespect to them, but I think we took full control after that.
“Obviously, we’re delighted to reach the final of the East Riding Senior Cup. It’s a big competition so we want to win it and obviously being the only full-time team in competition, it’s up to us to be professional in every game and now that we’re in the final, we want to win it.”