Virgil Gomis netted a brace as Nottingham Forest’s title-winning Under 18s beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at The Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.
Jack Lester’s youngsters, who were crowned champions of Professional Development League Two North on Thursday, had to come from behind to defeat the Owls who came into the contest looking for their third straight victory.
The Reds came close to taking the lead early on when Tom Gamblen’s free-kick from distance was saved, before top scorer Ben Brereton hit the post from the resultant corner after connecting with the cross.
But the visitors scored the first goal of the game as Warren Clarke headed home a set-piece past Jordan Wright.
Frederik Nielsen and Gomis nearly levelled for the league leaders before the break, but they’d have to wait for the second half to respond successfully.
Liam Adams worked well out wide and delivered towards the back post for Gomis, who was waiting in anticipation and watched the ball superbly onto his foot before volleying into the back of the net.
Forest continued to pour forward in the difficult windy conditions, and found their reward with a winner. Gomis found himself in space on the edge of the area, and added to his collection of sweet strikes this season with a sublime curler into the corner to ensure a tenth straight league triumph for the hosts.
Lester’s side will be looking to carry on their magnificent form when they are back in action away to Sheffield United on Wednesday (30 March, 1pm kick-off).
Forest: Wright, Re, Yates, Nielsen (Taylor 46’), Gamblen, Adams, Edser, Crookes, Gomis, Hayes, Brereton