Nottingham Forest’s Under 18s secured a league double over Leeds United with an excellent 3-1 win at The Nigel Doughty Academy on Saturday.The Reds had gone a goal behind but responded superbly as a brace from Derrick Otim and a further strike from Deimantas Petravicius sealed all three points.
It wasn’t the ideal start for Forest as they fell behind after just ten minutes as Leeds’ Alex Purver drilled the ball home to give the visitors the early advantage.
The goal only served to fire up The Reds and they were level before the interval. Petravicius delivered a delicious cross to the near post and Otim was on hand to finish beyond the Leeds keeper.
After Wilfried Gnahore had hit the crossbar for Forest, they deservedly went ahead midway through the second half as Otim was alive inside the penalty area to convert a superbly-weighted set-piece.
And with five minutes to play The Reds put the seal on an outstanding victory as Petravicius raced through the Leeds defence before placing a calm finish underneath the goalkeeper.
Interim head of Academy Gary Brazil was delighted with the result and expressed his pleasure at seeing his side produce a magnificent response after going behind so early in the contest.
He said: “The opening goal was a crucial moment in the game. We could have buckled but we didn’t, we stood up to a physical Leeds team and we managed the game.
“We started to move the ball quicker and work harder so that was pleasing to see. It was a strong and committed performance and I thought we were excellent in the final third.”
Team: Durrant, Polimos, Kelly, Gnahore, Arrowsmith, Elliott (c), Petravicius, Schoenecker, Walker (Burke 60), Otim (Walton 85), Mulraney (Tounkara 65)
Subs not used: Myles, Worthington
Scorers: Otim 23, 73, Petravicius 83