Under-18s: United v Nottingham Forest
Our Under-18s came from behind to beat Nottingham Forest in Saturday's U18 Premier League clash, despite going down to 10 men late on in the first half.
Our young Reds started the game strongly, creating the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes. Reece Munro was unlucky early on, but his effort from close range was closed down promptly by the Forest backline. A few moments later, opposition full-back Henry Lister whipped a teasing ball into the box that was met by Connor Brown at the back post, but his attempt didn't trouble Thomas Myles.
We came close twice more as the half advanced, with shots from midfield duo Jayce Fitzgerald and Ruben Curley, the former’s effort was comfortably saved while the latter’s, from range, was tipped over.
An otherwise evenly contested first period changed quickly in the approach to half-time, with Ashton Missin shown a red card following his second yellow in quick succession. Moments later, Danny Anisjko was brought down by our shot-stopper, Myles, in the area. Brown - who had been denied one-on-one by Myles earlier in the game - slotted home the penalty to give Forest the lead.
Despite being reduced to 10 men, the Reds came out with real intent with a view of getting back into the game. We almost hit back immediately but for some excellent defending, with Munro nodding a header from the resulting corner just wide of the mark.
An end-to-end half would see the Reds eventually level through Jack Kingdon, who poked home after getting on the end of Finley McAllister’s lofted pass to the back post.
Our second half dominance was rewarded in stoppage time when substitute Thwaites was bundled over in the area, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot. Reds forward Victor Musa stepped up to take the penalty, sending Keehan Willows the wrong way and slotting home the winning goal to complete the comeback.
United: Myles; Kukonki (Thwaites 82), Kingdon, Munro, McAllister; Devaney, Curley (Bailey 64), Fitzgerald (Armer 77); Missin, Musa, Sharpe (Baumann 46).
Unused substitutes: Byrne-Hughes.
Goals: Kingdon 59, Musa 90 (pen).