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FA Youth Cup: Forest 1-1 Brighton (4-3 on penalties)

11 December 2015

Nottingham Forest made it through to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup following a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

The two sides could not be separated in 120 minutes of football after Archie Davies's goal for the visitors had cancelled out a first-half strike from Gerry McDonagh.

But Forest held their nerve as Ryan Yates, Elvis Otim, Jordan Gabriel and Tom Gamblen all converted their spot-kicks to send Jack Lester's side through at The City Ground.

It was the Seagulls who made the brighter start on Trentside but Jordan Maguire-Drew, Davies and James Tilley all wasted good chances to put the away side ahead.

And McDonagh made them pay four minutes before half-time as he was first to react after Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez had palmed out Kieran Hayes' shot to side-foot home into the net.

Brighton responded well after the interval and were level on 54 minutes as Davies was on hand inside the six-yard box to turn home a left-wing cross from close range.

Both sides had their chances as they game went into extra-time with Ben Brereton coming closest for Forest as his powerful close-range header was palmed over the bar by Sanchez.

Fatigue set in as the game entered an extra 30 minutes and a penalty shootout was needed to separate the two sides.

Brighton missed their first two spot-kicks to hand Forest an early advantage and they grabbed their chance with Gamblen netting the winning penalty to send The Reds into round four.

Forest: Boyd, Gabriel, Iacovitti, Nielsen, Adams, Edser (Otim 90'), Yates (c), Hayes (Gomis 82'), Gamblen, McDonagh, Brereton (Taylor 115')

Subs: J.Wright, A.Wright

Goal: McDonagh 41'

Bookings: Yates 38', Gamblen 93'

: Sanchez, Moore, Cox, Molumby, Barker, Meyers, Davies (BrightonMeekums 76'), Sanders, Maguire-Drew (Byrne 96'), Mandroiu (O'Sullivan 114'), Tilley

Subs: Vose, Rolph

Goal: Davies 54'

Referee: Nick Hopton

Attendance: 446

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