Forest Beat Chelsea To Reach Youth Cup Final

Nottingham Forest U18 3-1 Chelsea U18 (FA Youth Cup Semi Final) 04.04.22

Nottingham Forest’s youngsters have made history by reaching their first ever FA Youth Cup Final after knocking out nine times winners Chelsea at the City Ground this evening.

Warren Joyce’s team will now play ten times champs Manchester United who have famously won more than any other team in the country, a competition they regard highly with the likes of Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Pogba amongst others, previously winning the nation’s premier teenage cup ahead of glittering careers with the Red Devils.

Forest have this season seen off Bristol City in the third round at home (3-1), Peterborough United away (2-1) in the fourth, Cambridge United (0-0) on penalties at the Abbey Stadium in the fifth and Blackburn Rovers (3-1) at Ewood Park in the last eight, but Chelsea at the City Ground felt like a real tough test awaiting, the two sides met ten years ago in the Quarter Finals shortly after the sale of a young Patrick Bamford from red to blue, then a team that included Ben Osborn and Jamaal Lascelles were beaten by the eventual winners of the competition 4-3, despite at one point in the match the Reds leading 3-0.

This time it was an equally as close and enthralling match at a busy City Ground, the lower tiers of the Brian Clough and Trent End stands packed with supporters willing the home team on.

Chances for Jack Nadin and Josh Powell the best of an even first 45 before an injury to Nadin on the stroke of half time saw the young midfielder helped off to the crowds polite applause and concern.

Chelsea’s Charlie Webster blazed over an opportunity early in the second before Detlef Esapa Osong hit the bar with a thunderous effort for Forest. Webster then punished the Reds for not converting as he, via a deflection gave the visitors the lead on 63.

Forest might have been two behind but for a brilliant save by Aaron Bott from Mothersille before Collins tried his luck at the other end with a volley saved by Prince Adegoke in the Chelsea goal.

As time seemed to be running out, with just four on the clock, Esapa Osong found Northern Irish International Dale Taylor inside the box and the highly rated Forest striker tucked home a much deserved leveller before Osong himself finished a great move that involved Taylor and Tyler McAdam on 89 to send the home support into raptures.

The late show was complete on 90 as Osong, brought down inside the area, then converted a penalty to put the game to bed, Forest celebrating a famous win in front of Head Coach Steve Cooper and a number of watching first teamers, testament to the great job done by Gary Brazil and his staff over the years, surely the pinnacle of his work with the Academy, a final to celebrate upon reaching, and a chance to create even more history with this great young squad in a one-off tie at Old Trafford, against Manchester United.

Nottingham Forest: Bott, Abbott, McAdam, Hammond (Hanks 77), Johnson, McDonnell, Powell, Collins, Esapa Osong, Nadin (Perkins 45), Taylor

Chelsea: Adegoke, Thomas, Hughes, Gilchrist, Williams, Tauriainen, Stutter, Webster, Soonsup-Bell, Mothersille, Hall.

Venue: City Ground

*Main image @NFFCAcademy a stunning performance from Forest see’s them reach the final.

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