Gerry McDonagh scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest progressed to the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup with victory over Birmingham City at The City Ground this evening.
The Republic of Ireland youth international powered home a header with 12 minutes remaining to hand Forest the win which sets up a home tie against Cardiff City or Liverpool in the next round.
Forest had the better of the contest overall as Liam Adams, Fred Nielsen and Tom Gamblen went close, while Ronan Hale could’ve netted on a couple of occasions for the Blues.
But it was McDonagh who finally grabbed the goal Forest’s attacking endeavours deserved on 78 minutes making the most of a superb cross from the left.
Jack Lester’s side remained composed and cool in possession to see the game out with the defence staying strong against their fellow Professional Development League Two North opponents.
Forest: J.Wright, Otim, Crookes, Nielsen, Iacovitti, Edser, Adams, Yates (c), McDonagh, Brereton (Hayes 84'), Gamblen (A.Wright 73')
Subs not used: Boyd, Gabriel, Taylor
Goal: McDonagh 78'
Beardmore, O'Keefe, Seddon, Potter (Bailey 80'), Challis, Martin (c), Lubala, Mulders, Popa, Bailey (Ebbutt 66'), Hale
Subs not used: Smith, Timms, Youill
Referee: Thomas Bramall