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Reserves beaten by Hull

25 September 2012

Late goal sees visitors take the points


Shrewsbury Town reserves 0 Hull City reserves 1 


Shrewsbury Town's reserves were sentenced to a Central League defeat by a late strike from Hull City's Dougie Wilson.


There were just two minutes left when Wilson took aim from 25 yards out to rifle a swerving shot past goalkeeper Joe Anyon. 


Town fielded a side featuring plenty of first team squad members, among them young pros Elliot Turner and Ryan Woods in midfield, while youth teamers Dominic Smith and George Carpenter, both former Belvidere School pupils, were included in the back four.


Hull fielded a young team with former Town loanee Jamie Devitt, in midfield, and central defender Liam Cooper the only men with first team experience for the Tigers. 


Asa Hall was the first man to test Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jackupovic when his early 20 yard drive was saved at the foot of his right post.


The former Oxford midfielder then saw another shot from outside the box deflected narrowly wide.


It was all Shrewsbury in the early stages and Jon Taylor's fine run and cross from the right was flicked goalwards by Ryan Doble only for Jackupovic to make a good save. 


Next it was the turn of Ryan Woods to go close when his skilful run ended with him shooting straight at the keeper.


Hull came more into it as the first half developed and Town were indebted to a great save from Joe Anyon for keeping out a Danny Emerton effort after the home defence were opened by up a slick Tigers move.


Then Irishman Devitt went close with a 20 yard free kick which just cleared the bar as the first period ended goalless.


Doble, the Wales under-21 international, was the first man to threaten at either end in the second half when he fired wide from the edge of the box, just after Jack Gwilliams, a left winger, had been sent on replace fellow youth teamer Carpenter.


Town kept knocking at the door and the industrious Taylor drilled a 25 yard drive narrowly off target as the hosts chased a breakthrough.


Gwilliams, who caught the eye having come off the bench, then curled a shot just beyond the far post after Tom Bradshaw robbed a Hull defender on the edge of the visitors' penalty area.


Hull had hardly been in it as an attacking force in the second half but missed a glorious chance to snatch the lead late on when sub Matty Dixon blazed over from close range.


Hull, coached by former Tottenham midfielder Stephen Clemence, sealed victory two minutes from time when Wilson unleashed a long range drive which flew in.


And just to confirm this was not Shrewsbury's day their hopes of a stoppage time equaliser were dashed when Connor Goldson's header from a well worked set piece was nodded off the line by Connor Townsend.


TOWN: Anyon, Carpenter (Gwilliams 52), Smith, Goldson, Purdie, Taylor, Hall, Woods, Turner, Bradshaw, Doble. Unused subs: Molyneux, Ryan, Easthope, Evans, Burton.


HULL: Jackupovic, Aimson, Townsend, Wilson, Cooper, Dillon, Emerton, Devitt, Clarkson, McCaffrey, McElroy. Subs: Cracknell, Gill, Margetts, Dixon, Topliss.

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