Match ends, Gillingham 0, Hull City 2.
Keane Lewis-Potter and Josh Magennis ensured Hull started their first season in League One since 2004-05 with an impressive victory at Gillingham.
Grant McCann's side took just three minutes to open the scoring as Lewis-Potter fired low past Jack Bonham after Josh Emmanuel's driving run into the box.
Gillingham striker John Akinde should have levelled for the home side within 120 seconds but shot straight at Matt Ingram when through on goal.
The lively George Honeyman and summer signing Greg Docherty both squandered good chances to double the visitors' advantage before the break.
Only Zech Medley's goal-line clearance prevented Northern Ireland international Magennis from making it 2-0 with a looping header just after the hour but Magennis finally wrapped up the Tigers' victory eight minutes from time as he met Honeyman's free-kick to head past the luckless Bonham.
The Gills, who lost just once in their final 17 league games last season, failed to register a shot on target after Akinde's early chance.
The best they could manage was Stuart O'Keefe and Vadaine Oliver firing high and wide with speculative efforts from distance after the break.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 3OgilvieBooked at 82mins
- 4O'KeefeBooked at 73mins
- 18MellisSubstituted forRobertsonat 45'minutesBooked at 73mins
- 8DempseySubstituted forWillockat 64'minutes
- 11CoyleSubstituted forOliverat 45'minutes
- 4de Wijs
- 33DochertySubstituted forJonesat 88'minutes
- 10HoneymanBooked at 73minsSubstituted forBattyat 83'minutes
- 27MagennisSubstituted forScottat 83'minutes
- Andy Woolmer
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Hull City 2.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Brandon Fleming.
Reece Burke (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mallik Wilks.
Attempt blocked. Matty Willock (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Graham.
Attempt missed. Joshua Emmanuel (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by James Scott.
Substitution, Hull City. Callum Jones replaces Greg Docherty.
Offside, Gillingham. Zech Medley tries a through ball, but John Akinde is caught offside.
Foul by James Scott (Hull City).
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Brandon Fleming with a cross following a set piece situation.
Brandon Fleming (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jordan Graham (Gillingham).
Substitution, Hull City. James Scott replaces Josh Magennis.
Substitution, Hull City. Daniel Batty replaces George Honeyman.
Goal! Gillingham 0, Hull City 2. Josh Magennis (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Honeyman with a cross following a set piece situation.
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mallik Wilks (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.