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24 September 2018 Venue The Impact Arena Attendance 137

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Nottingham Forest U23
3 - 0
FT
Barnsley U23

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Liam Bossin
    GK
  • 2
    Jayden Richardson
    DF
  • 3
    Danny Preston
    DF
  • 4
    Joe Coveney
    DF
  • 5
    Anel Ahmedhodzic
    MF
  • 6
    Ethan Stewart
    DF
  • 7
    Gboly Ariyibi
    FW
  • 8
    Brennan Johnson
    MF
  • 9
    Virgil Gomis
    FW
  • 10
    Toby Edser (C)
    MF
  • 11
    Yassine En-Neyah
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jake Taylor
    SUB
  • 13
    Jordan Wright
    SUB
  • 14
    Konstantinos Megaritis
    SUB
  • 15
    Konstantinos Paganou
    SUB
  • 16
    Victor Sodeinde
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Jimmy Gilligan

4-4-2
  • 1
    Jake Greatorex
    GK
  • 2
    Jordan Williams
    DF
  • 3
    Zeki Fryers
    DF
  • 4
    Sam Fielding
    DF
  • 5
    Trialist
    DF
  • 6
    Jared Bird
    MF
  • 7
    Ryan Hedges (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Ben Williams
    MF
  • 9
    Gerry McDonagh
    FW
  • 10
    Cameron McGeehan
    FW
  • 11
    Louis Walsh
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Amir Berkovits
    SUB
  • 23
    Trialist
    SUB
  • 14
    Kieran Feeney
    SUB
  • 15
    Elvis Otim
    SUB
  • 16
    Louis Wardle
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Martin Devaney

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Match Previews

Match preview: Under 23s vs Barnsley

24 September 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s are hoping to make it three home wins on the spin this evening when they face Barnsley at Alfreton Town.

The Reds performed well in their last league outing away at Sheffield United but were unfortunate to spurn a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw up at Stocksbridge.

A win for Jimmy Gilligan's side this evening could move them up to as high as second spot in the Professional Development League table and Forest fans are encouraged to attend and support the players if they can.

Admission prices are £4 for adults £2 for concessions and kick-off is at 7pm.

There will be live updates via the Nottingham Forest Twitter account and a match report at the full-time whistle at nottinghamforest.co.uk.

Directions to the Impact Arena:

By road

From the M1, turn off at junction 28 on to the A38 towards Derby. Follow for two miles then take the slip road on to the B600. Turn right at the main road towards the town centre. After half-a-mile, immediately after the Catholic Church on the left, turn left into North Street. The ground is 150 yards down on the right.

By rail

Leaving the station approach, turn right on Mansfield Road and up the hill towards the town centre. Take the second turn left on to Prospect Street (post office on left corner, chip shop on right). Continue for the full length of Prospect Street. At the top, cross Nottingham Road on a light-controlled pedestrian crossing. Facing you is a Roman Catholic church, North Street goes down the right-hand side of the church. 150 yards down, the ground is on your right, set well back. Approximate walking time from the station is 15 minutes.

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Match Reports

Under 23s: Forest 3-0 Barnsley

24 September 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 23s comfortably beat Barnsley Under 23s 3-0 at the Impact Arena this evening.

Goals from Gboly Ariyibi, Yassine En-Neyah and Virgil Gomis sealed the win for The Reds on a night where they could have had more.

Gboly Ariyibi looked lively in the opening stages for The Reds as he looked to carve out an opportunity, but it was the visitors who had the first chance. Louis Walsh cut inside and fired a low effort at Liam Bossin who did well to push it wide.

But it was The Reds who took an early lead through Ariyibi. A clever run by En-Neyah played through Brennan Johnson who shot at goal. Barnsley 'keeper Jake Greatorex spilled the effort, allowing Ariyibi to fire home the rebound from close range.

Barnsley had a wonderful chance to level the scores soon after when Ben Williams raced into the area, but he dragged his shot inches wide of the post, with Cameron McGeehan also failing to divert the effort across goal home.

Forest continued to hold onto their lead, but Johnson was shown a yellow card for hauling down his man as the visitors broke forward. On the brink of half-time, McGeehan had a golden chance to level the scores for The Tykes when a clever free-kick routine freed him up some space, but he got his shot all wrong and fired it over.

It took The Reds just a minute into the second-half to double their lead through En-Neyah. The youngster cleverly claimed the ball in the area, found some space and lashed an effort into the left-hand corner.

Referee Sam Mulhall awarded a free-kick to Barnsley on the edge of the area on 57 minutes after Forest were deemed to have handled the ball. McGeehan stepped up to take it and forced Liam Bossin into a superb stop, with Gerry McDonagh putting the rebound over.

The Reds' defensive efforts were rewarded on 73 minutes when Virgil Gomis made it three. Some stunning football carved open the Barnsley defence, freeing up Jayden Richardson to square the ball to Gomis, who calmly slotted it home.

Ethan Stewart nearly made it four for the hosts when he rattled the bar from long range before Yassine En-Neyah forced the Barnsley stopper into a save to his right side. But The Reds were comfortable winners as they sealed all three points.

Forest: Bossin, Richardson, Preston, Coveney, Ahmedhodzic, Stewart, Ariyibi (Megaritis 86'), Johnson (Taylor 79'), Gomis (Sodeinde 86'), Edser (c), En-Neyah

Unused subs: Wright, Panagou

Goals: Ariyibi 11', En-Neyah 46', Gomis 73'

Attendance: 137

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