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Under 21s tame the Lions

10 August 2015

Nottingham Forest's Under 21s opened up their Professional Development League Two campaign with a 3-1 victory over Millwall this afternoon.

Goals from Andreas Karo, James Thorne and Kasheme Walton were enough to seal Forest's opening-day victory as Jamie Fullarton's side turned in an impressive display at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

The Reds made the brighter start against their South London opponents and were ahead inside two minutes.

Millwall goalkeeper Harry Girling made a mess of handling Matty Cash's in-swinging corner and Karo was quickest to pounce at the back post to turn the ball into the visitors' net and give Forest the perfect start to the contest.

To their credit, the away side responded well and they levelled on 27 minutes as Liam King's cross from the right-hand channel was powerfully headed home from inside the penalty area by Alfie Pavey.

Forest re-took the lead on the stroke of half-time as Luke Thomas beat his man on the outside and stood up an inviting cross into the Millwall penalty area which Thorne nodded into the net via the inside of the post.

With Millwall rarely threatening to find their way back into the game, Forest sealed the victory midway through the second half thanks to an inspired finish.

The visitors failed to clear their lines after Jack Kelly's corner had been drifted into their penalty area and as the ball came back into the box, Walton produced an overhead kick to send it past Girling and make sure of the three points.

Forest are next in action at Brentford next Monday (17 August, kick-off 2pm) where they will be looking to build on this afternoon's well-deserved win.

Forest: Durrant, Yates, Karo, Worrall, Kelly, Thomas, Rees (c), Cash, Petravicius (Austin 79'), Thorne, Walton (Brereton 84')

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