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16 January 2018 Venue The City Ground - FA Youth Cup fourth round Attendance

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Nottingham Forest
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(Pens 5 - 4) Penalty Shootout
Leicester City

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Rudolfs Soloha
    GK
  • 2
    Jayden Richardson
    DF
  • 3
    Danny Preston
    DF
  • 4
    Connor Smith
    MF
  • 5
    Ethan Stewart
    DF
  • 6
    Riley Harbottle (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Arvin Appiah
    MF
  • 8
    Choz Charlesworth
    MF
  • 9
    Luke McCormick
    FW
  • 10
    Yassine En-Neyah
    FW
  • 11
    Brennan Johnson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Matty Bondswell
    SUB
  • 13
    George Shelvey
    SUB
  • 14
    Alex Mighten
    SUB
  • 15
    Josh Barnes
    SUB
  • 16
    Max Ram
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gareth Holmes

4-4-2
  • 1
    Rhys Davies
    GK
  • 2
    Simran Thandi
    DF
  • 3
    Calvin Ughelumba
    DF
  • 4
    Rubyn Gill
    MF
  • 5
    George Heaven
    DF
  • 6
    Lukas Husek
    DF
  • 7
    Luke Thomas
    MF
  • 8
    Khanya Leshabela (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Tyrese Shade
    FW
  • 10
    Conor Tee
    FW
  • 11
    Kairo Edwards-John
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu
    SUB
  • 13
    Jakob Stolarcyzk
    SUB
  • 14
    Leon James
    SUB
  • 15
    Allasane Meite
    SUB
  • 16
    Harrison Myring
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Trevor Peake

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FA Youth Cup action at The City Ground on Tuesday

15 January 2018

Nottingham Forest Under 18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign when they welcome Leicester City to The City Ground on Tuesday night (kick-off 7pm).

The Reds defeated Swindon Town in the third round before Christmas, with a 3-1 win at The County Ground sealing their spot in the fourth round of the competition.

Leicester required extra time to overcome Portsmouth in their third-round tie, defeating Pompey 2-1 at Fratton Park, to set up Tuesday night’s clash.

The winners of the game will face either Blackburn Rovers or Watford in the fifth round, with that game being played on Wednesday night.

Tickets

Admission is priced at £4 for adults and £1 for concessions and tickets can now be purchased but only in-person or via the booking line (0115 982 4388).

The Peter Taylor Stand will be the only stand open for this game, and tickets must be purchased from the ticket office prior to entering the stadium. There is no pay-on-the-gate option available.

Holmes on Youth Cup

Under 18s’ lead coach Gareth Holmes is looking forward to the challenge posed by Leicester City on Tuesday night.

He said: “We have done our homework on Leicester with them being local to us. We know what they are about; we play them through all the different age groups but the only ones we haven’t played them at this season is at 18s and 23s.

“We are very aware of the strengths that they have and what they will bring on the night and we are looking forward to the game.”

Holmes was delighted with his side’s performance in the 3-1 win over Swindon in round three, with goals from Riley Harbottle, Arvin Appiah and Luke McCormick securing their passage through at The County Ground.

“I was immensely proud of the boys in the way that they came together,” he added. “It is important to have individuals but at the end of the day, football is a team sport and you have to unite together and have a game plan as a collective.

“That then allows the individuals to shine and all of the boys were excellent in the way that they conducted themselves and a really positive performance came out of it.”

The Under 18s this season have gained plenty of experience at playing in higher age groups, with many stepping up to represent the Under 23s side already and many first-year scholars featuring on a regular basis for the 18s.

The FA Youth Cup gives youngsters the opportunity to gain further experience by playing at first-team stadiums and Holmes knows his side will relish the chance to step out onto The City Ground pitch.

He said: “That is what everyone dreams of, when they are playing on parks and at grassroots level. You want to play in stadiums and that is what the ambition is.

“To go to Swindon just before Christmas was excellent and a great experience for the boys, and The City Ground is a tremendous arena. The aim is to go out against Leicester City, have a great night and give it a really good go.

“It would be great to go further than last year’s fourth-round appearance. The longer you go in the tournament the more benefit it will have to the players.

“It is all about development and learning and the more times they get to play at stadiums and in front of fans the better as that is obviously where they want to be long term. The more exposure they get to that, the better.” 

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Match Reports

Under 18s: Forest 1-1 Leicester (5-4 pens)

16 January 2018

A dramatic penalty shoot-out victory sent ten-man Nottingham Forest Under 18s through to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup at the expense of Leicester City.

A valiant performance from The Reds, who had Riley Harbottle sent off after 21 minutes, saw them overcome The Foxes at The City Ground.

Brennan Johnson levelled for Forest on the night after Simran Thandi had put the visitors in front, but The Reds dug deep to claim a brilliant victory.

It was a fairly open start to the game with both sides exchanging chances early on. The first opportunity arrived for the visitors as Tyrese Shade's effort was easily saved by Rudolfs Soloha, but the Leicester forward should have squared to the unmarked Luke Thomas.

Calvin Ughelumba also had a shot on goal for the visitors but fired wide before Johnson tested Rhys Davies in the Leicester goal on 10 minutes, with the stopper tipping his free kick wide of the post.

It was almost disaster for Jayden Richardson on 17 as he nearly diverted Conor Tee's cross into this own net. The Leicester man charged down the right and played a ball into the box which Thomas air-kicked and Richardson diverted past Soloha but onto the post.

There was a big blow for The Reds on 21 however as captain Harbottle was shown a straight red card. The centre back clipped the heels of Shade as he raced through on goal, leaving referee Anthony Tankard with no choice but to send him off.

After a reshuffle, The Reds looked to hit Leicester on the break and it almost paid off as Johnson came close on 32. His angled shot was parried by Davies and Luke McCormick was prevented from converting by a last-ditch tackle from a Leicester defender.

Soloha was called into action on 39 as Shade found his way clear on the right-hand side of the penalty area, and the Forest keeper did well to close the angle and stop his low effort.

The Reds faced a tough task to keep a strong Leicester side at bay and nine minutes into the second half, The Foxes took the lead. A right-wing corner was met at the near post by full back Thandi who glanced a header past the helpless Soloha.

Gareth Holmes's side kept battling and worked their way back into the game just after the hour mark. Some great pressing by Yassine En-Neyah forced goalkeeper Davies into taking a heavy touch. The Forest man capitalised and stole the ball off him for Johnson to tap home into the unguarded net.

The Reds defence performed admirably to keep Leicester at bay, snuffing out their attacks but also looking a threat on the break. The closing stages passed without any real clear-cut chances for either side and the game headed into extra time to try and find a winner.

Forest dug deep, finding extra energy reserves to keep going but Tee had a good chance for Leicester, firing just wide from 12 yards on the stroke of half time in extra time. Another chance went begging on 105 minutes as Kairo Edwards-John headed over when unmarked at the back post from a free kick, and Tee curled a free kick wide of the target two minutes later.

In the last two minutes, Thomas struck the post for Leicester before Soloha pulled off a stunning save to deny Shade from close range.

Danny Preston's teasing free kick almost found its way into the corner of the net with the last kick of the game but Jakob Stolarcyzk, Leicester's sub goalkeeper, made a fine low save with his first contribution since coming onto the pitch to send the game to penalties.

Johnson and Tee stepped up first for their sides and both converted, before sub Alex Mighten missed for The Reds. Edwards-John put Leicester 2-1 into the lead, with Preston, Ethan Stewart and Max Ram all converting for Forest and Shade and Thomas scoring for Leicester before Soloha pulled off a magnificent stop to deny Ughelumba with the crucial fifth penalty.

Into sudden death and Connor Smith converted his spot kick before Leicester captain Leshabela slipped as he stepped up, slicing his effort wide and meaning The Reds progress to face either Blackburn or Watford in the fifth round.

Forest: Soloha, Richardson (Ram 86'), Preston, Smith, Stewart, Harbottle (c), Appiah (Bondswell 57'), Charlesworth, McCormick (Mighten 97'), En-Neyah, Johnson

Unused subs: Shelvey, Barnes

Goal: Johnson 62'

Sent off: Harbottle 21'

Bookings: Preston 110', Bondswell 112'

Leicester: Davies (Stolarcyzk 119'), Thandi, Ughelumba, Gill, Heaven, Husek, Thomas, Leshabela (c), Shade, Tee, Edwards-John

Unused subs: Ikpakwu, James, Meite, Myring

Goal: Thandi 54'

Bookings: Davies 28', Leshabela 36'

Attendance: 652

Referee: Anthony Tankard

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