A goal in each half was enough to give Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s a deserved 2-0 victory against Boavista’s Under 19s this morning.
The Reds turned in a controlled and assured performance to beat their Portuguese hosts with strikes from Alex Iacovitti and Joe Worrall proving the difference in warm conditions in Lousada.
Following a lively start to the contest, Aidan Austin was unfortunate to see his goal disallowed for a foul on the home goalkeeper but on 28 minutes Forest were ahead.
Iacovitti rose highest inside the Boavista penalty area to meet an in-swinging corner and, after beating the goalkeeper to the ball, the defender headed confidently into the net.
There were opportunities for Austin and Gerry McDonagh to double the lead before half-time while Boavista struck the crossbar twice themselves including one exceptional long-range strike.
But Forest sealed the win on 76 minutes as substitute Worrall was on hand to volley home into an empty net after the home goalkeeper had misread the flight of a looping cross.
The result capped a successful pre-season trip for Jamie Fullarton’s side as they leave Portugal with useful minutes under their belts and a positive scoreline.
Forest: Erlandsson, Gabriel, Karo (c) (Worrall 68’), Iacovitti (Crookes 81’), Kelly, Thomas, Rees (Yates 87’), Cash, Austin (Gomis 89’), Thorne (Hayes 86’), McDonagh (Todorov 87’)