Nottingham Forest Under 18s were edged out in a seven-goal thriller this afternoon as they were beaten 4-3 at Sheffield Wednesday.
The home side took an early lead through Jordan Lonchar's penalty and doubled their advantage soon after when Fraser Preston's free-kick evaded everyone inside the penalty area and drifted into the far corner.
Charlie Jemson halved the deficit before half-time as he headed home from a corner and Forest could have been level shortly after the interval but Wednesday goalkeeper Dan Wallis made a superb save from Virgil Gomis.
That proved to be a key moment in the contest as The Owls made it 3-1 at the other end when Liam Waldock's cross-shot found the net but again Forest fought their way back in when Connor Smith headed the ball home.
Preston scored his second and Wednesday's fourth after pressuring Reds goalkeeper Jordan Wright into a mistake before Gomis cut the deficit to one by rounding Wallis and slotting the ball into the net.
Forest had a golden chance to make it 4-4 with one minute to play but Wallis made an outstanding save to keep out Gomis' penalty to leave head coach Gareth Holmes disappointed but pleased with his side's battling qualities.
He said: "We made a poor start conceding two early goals and it was our naivety at the back which cost us the points in the end. We made it clear to the players at half-time we had to be more progressive with our possession as well.
"Our attacking display was much better in the second half and we could have come away with a point but it wasn't to be. I'm happy with how the players fought back in the second half but it's obviously a disappointing result.
"Already this season we've managed to give six Under 16 players their debuts in the Under 18 side which is really pleasing and we're a young group that is learning as we go along."