Nottingham Forest have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup for the second successive year.The Reds overcame Championship rivals Huddersfield 3-2 at The City Ground to clinch a place in the last eight of the competition.
A brace of goals from Derrick Otim and a Morgan Ferrier strike – all in the first half – settled the contest.
Duane Holmes set up a grandstand finish when he scored his second of the night late-on but it’s Forest who will face either Tottenham or Bolton at home in the quarter-finals.
Forest made a whirlwind start and were ahead after just two minutes as Otim bagged his first of the night.
The livewire frontman cut in from the right flank before firing past visiting ‘keeper Edward Wilczynski from the edge of the area.
Forest had appeals for a penalty waved away moments later when Ferrier went down under a challenge from Joe Wilkinson in the box.
But they strengthened their grip on the contest in the 16th minute as Otim doubled his tally, firing home the rebound after Wilczynski had failed to hold a long-range shot from Ferrier.
Wilfried Gnahore went close to adding to the lead when he fired just wide of the target, while at the other end Huddersfield’s first threatening attack of the night in the 22nd minute resulted in Jake Charles going close with a deflected shot.
They did, however, pull a goal back from the resultant corner as Holmes beat Ross Durrant with a shot from just outside the area.
But it proved to be a brief respite for the Yorkshire outfit as Forest restored their two goal lead just two minutes later with Ferrier bravely heading home from Jack Blake’s cross from the right.
Wilczynski came to his side’s rescue shortly before half-time as his sprawling save kept out Josh Thomas’ shot from a tight angle.
Huddersfield had appeals for a penalty midway through the second half but the referee adjudged Lawrence Gorman’s challenge on Paul Mullin to be legitimate.
Substitute Jake Mulraney went close to putting the game beyond Huddersfield’s reach once and for all when he fired narrowly wide of the target 15 minutes from time.
Holmes set Forest nerves jangling when he reduced the deficit four minutes from time but the home side hung on to claim a deserved victory.
Forest: Durrant, Hollingsworth, Kamaneno, Blake, Gorman, Fenton, Gnahore, Wallace, Otim, Ferrier, Thomas
Subs: Ackroyd, Myles, Mulraney, Palmer-Samuels, Petravicius
Huddersfield: Wilczynski, Briggs, Starkey, Morton, Wilkinson, Boyle, Goddard, Duane Holmes, Mullin, Conway, Charles
Subs: Cox, Cuthrie, Ben Holmes, Horsfall, Atkinson
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