Goals from Josh Rees and Jack Kelly handed Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United this afternoon.
On a cold, blustery afternoon at the Nigel Doughty Academy, Rees opened the scoring with a neat finish before Kelly put the game to bed from a corner which Blades keeper George Willis failed to deal with.
The conditions were causing problems for both sides early on but Forest were first to test the opposition’s goalkeeper, Derrick Otim turning brilliantly on the byline and drawing a strong save from Willis at his near post.
Matty Cash was next to have a go, stretching to latch on to Jorge Grant’s low cross only to see his shot deflect out for a corner.
But The Reds had the lead on 44 minutes when Tyler Walker showed nice feet to buy himself some space on the edge of the area before playing a sliderule pass for Rees in the area.
The midfielder poked the ball underneath Willis to send Forest into the break ahead.
The two sides exchanged chances in the early stages of the second half, United’s Joel Coustrain curling the ball just over before Walker struck the post with a 22-yard effort.
The Reds had controlled the majority of the game but an equaliser was still on the cards for the visitors.
And they nearly had one when Connor Dimaio broke into the area before flashing the ball just wide of Dimitar Evtimov’s far post.
But the game was wrapped up with 11 minutes to play when Kelly’s inswinging corner dropped perilously at the feet of Willis, who couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the line.
Forest: Evtimov; Polimos, Worrall, Riera, Kelly; Grant (Crookes), Blake (Walton), Rees, Otim, Cash; Walker