Nottingham Forest Under 18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup after they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Theo Corbeanu gave Wolves the lead before Chem Campbell added a second-half brace as the The Reds exit the Youth Cup at the third-round stage.
Wolves started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring on seven minutes. Jack Scott’s delivery was headed back across goal by Hugo Bueno to Corbeanu, who smashed the ball into the bottom corner.
Forest struggled get going and allowed the hosts to dominate possession and create opportunities. Wolves came close to adding a second when Bueno came inside from the left and curled a shot which clipped the bar and went over.
Elliott Andrew had The Reds’ first clear-cut chance of the game after Alex Hammond drove into the box and the ball fell to the forward, but his side-footed effort whistled just wide of target.
Michael Statham was kept busy in the Forest net as he denied the hosts on a couple of occasions with smart stops from Conor Carty and Corbeanu.
The young Reds ended the half the better team and had a duo of opportunities to level the contest. Firstly, Alex Mighten jinked inside onto his right foot before firing an effort inches past the near post.
Then moments later, Franck Amekortu was found on the edge of the 18-yard box, but his attempt flew just over the bar, as the Forest trailed going into the half-time break.
Wolves began the second period as they did the first and they doubled their advantage three minutes after the restart. Campbell was played through on-goal and he tucked the ball with ease into the corner of the net.
As the half wore on, the home side continued to look a threat and nearly added another goal mid-way through the half, but Statham denied Campbell from point-blank range following Carty’s first-time pass.
Forest had an opportunity through Mighten on 75 when he drove a free-kick from the left towards Amekortu, but the ball missed the forward and flew out for a goal-kick.
However, Wolves scored a third and sealed the victory with just seven minutes to go. Carty took the ball around Statham and squared it across to Campbell who steered home into corner to double his tally for the night.
Moments later, the referee blew the final whistle as Forest were beaten against higher-level opposition on a blustery evening in the West Midlands.
Forest: Statham, Bello, Spooner, O. Hammond, Sanders, Mutoti, A. Hammond (Jackson-Davis 69’), Back, Andrew, Amekortu (Fankwe 79’), Mighten
Subs not used: Liburd-Hines, Donnelly, Boland, Solomon, Dekel-Daks