Two goals from Kasheme Walton in his third start of the season helped Nottingham Forest's Under 18s overpower Leeds United to win 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.The explosive striker looked eager to prove a point and his exciting partnership with Luke Thomas blew their West Yorkshire opponents away for a long overdue victory.
From the outset it looked as if there was going to be goals at Thorp Arch with the visitors going close early on thanks to a lovely delivery from Ryan Yates who found the predatory run of Tom Gamblen whose header was tipped onto the post by keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
After four minutes Leeds had their opener after Yates, operating at right-back rather than his usual central midfield position, was controversially adjudged to have brought down the attacker and it was left to Frank Mulhern to coolly chip down the middle from the penalty spot.
The Reds were getting the breaks and the lively Gamblen was the next to go close for Forest, challenging competitively in midfield and pulling his shot wide of the post from 20 yards.
Leeds were constantly stifled and found difficulty stringing more than a couple of passes together due to the sublime work-rate of the well-drilled Forest side and the visitors soon had their leveller.
Aidan Austin's sweet left foot came to fruition to execute a quality free kick towards centre-back Alex Iacovitti who used his neck muscles to power it into the net.
Energised by their dominance, it took five minutes after their leveller for Kevin MacDonald's side to take the lead. Thomas showed great skill to pull the defender wide and he curled a beautiful cross to Walton who directed his header precisely into the bottom corner.
Forest's attacking arsenal continued to impress and they were involved in the move of the match before the interval leading to Walton attempting an audacious strike from 25 yards that zipped inches wide.
With Thomas and Walton providing much needed zest in the striking positions, it didn't take too long for the former to score the goal of the game.
The ex-Nottingham Academy pupil collected the ball from just inside his own half, sprinted past numerous defenders with careful close control and unleashed a stunning strike from 20 yards to stretch his team's lead.
The hosts were by now down to 10 men due to a head injury to Jack Vann, but found a way back into the game through another penalty again converted by Mulhern.
Leeds bravely surged forward despite their one man disadvantage and Walton was grateful for the time and space left in the attacking third to seal a fine result, taking the ball past a defender and slotting past the keeper before wheeling away gleefully in celebration at his second, and Forest's fourth of the game.
The rampant Reds will be aiming for back-to-back victories when they travel to face Birmingham City on Friday (7 November, 11.30am kick-off).
Forest: Dearle, Yates, Karo, Iacovitti, Diallo, Adams, Gamblen (Cash 61'), E Otim, Austin (Worthington 44'), Thomas, Walton