Keane Lewis-Potter and Josh Magennis ensured the Tigers’ started their first season in League One since 2004-05 in the perfect way.
Grant McCann’s side went in front after just three minutes when Lewis-Potter fired low past Jack Bonham after a piercing run from team-mate Josh Emmanuelinto the box.
But Magennis was not to be denied when he wrapped up a deserved victory for the visitors when he headed Honeyman’s free-kick past Bonham.
“I thought it was a good result, a good performance,” said McCann. “It possibly should have been more, if we were a bit more clinical at the top end of the pitch.
“But I can’t grumble – we’ve come to one of the toughest places in League One in Gillingham, especially the way they play, the way Steve [Evans] gets them playing.
“Today I thought we handled everything they threw at us all game. Apart from one chance they had in the first half from [John] Akinde, I can’t remember too many others.
“I thought we were in control of everything we did and possibly should have come away with more goals.”
Gillingham: Bonham, McKenzie, Maghoma, Medley, Ogilvie, O’Keefe, Mellis (Robertson 46), Dempsey (Willock 64), Graham, Akinde, Coyle (Oliver 46). Subs Not Used: Tucker, Walsh, MacDonald, Woods.
Hull City: Ingram, Emmanuel, Burke, De Wijs, Fleming, Smallwood, Docherty (Callum Jones 88), Wilks, Honeyman (Batty 83), Lewis-Potter,Magennis (Scott 83). Subs Not Used: Samuelsen, Alfie Jones, McLoughlin, Cartwright.
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).
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