Report: Nott'm Forest U18s 3 Hull City U18s 0
Hull City U18s went down to a 3-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Ethan Dekel-Daks shone for the young Reds as he netted the first two goals and set up the third which was an own goal from Jevon Mills.
John Anderson and Matt Hare made seven changes to the starting eleven that defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-2 last time out. Mills made his U18 debut in place of Jake Bayram, who joined Ossett United on loan earlier in the week, while Harvey Cartwright, Henry Curtis, McCauley Power, Josh Hinds, Luke Rees and Harvey Carew all returned to the starting eleven.
It was a lively start to the game as both teams looked to take control of the match but Forest were able to get the early foothold as they created the better goalscoring opportunities and only a great save from Harvey Cartwright prevented the hosts from taking the lead with their first chance when Dekel-Daks took aim from close-range.
The Tigers’ goalkeeper was then forced into a smart save to deny Detlef Esapa-Osong before pushing over Dekel-Daks’ goal-bound cross. However, Dekel-Daks wasn’t to be denied again when he opened the scoring midway through the first half. A looping cross found Alexander Gibson-Hammond at the back post and he pulled the ball back for Dekel-Daks who was waiting in the six-yard box and he fired the ball over Cartwright's head into the roof of the net.
The Tigers tried to respond through Rees as the striker met Josh Ward’s cross with a looping header, but it was gathered by Nykah Liburd-Hines in the Forest goal.
Cartwright produced another fine stop to deny Franck Amekortu after the Forest man went through one-on-one. Unfortunately, his save was in vain as, from the resulting corner, Dekel-Daks’ low curling effort went through a crowd of bodies before finding the bottom corner to double the hosts’ lead.
Forest continued their dominance after the break with Esapa-Osong firing narrowly wide and seeing a second attempt flicked over the bar by Cartwright before Forest added a third goal on 53 minutes. A free-kick from the far-right delivered by Dekel-Daks was met by Esapa-Osong - and his header was diverted into his own net by the unfortunate Mills.
The Tigers thought they had pulled a goal back when Mills' header seemed destined for the black of the net until it was somehow cleared off the line, before Matty Swift fired a shot over the bar. Curtis’ cross was then flicked away by Liburd-Hines before Carew saw his rebound blocked by Silvio Bello as the Tigers enjoyed their best spell of pressure in the game.
Both sides carved out chances in the closing stages, with Sam Sanders heading wide from Dekel-Daks’ free-kick for the hosts before Rob Guilfoyle saw his goal-bound effort blocked by a Forest defender. Josh Hinds also saw an effort deflected narrowly wide before Cartwright denied Esapa-Osong in stoppage-time.
Nottingham Forest: Liburd-Hines, Spooner (Boland 85), Bello, Mutoti, Donnelly, Sanders, Amekortu, Hammond, Esapa-Osong, Dekel-Daks, Gibson-Hammond.
Subs Not Used: Bott, McAdam, Perkins, Korpal.
Hull City: Cartwright, Ward, Curtis, Beckett, Mills, Swift, Hinds, Power, Rees (Guilfoyle 80), Green, Carew.
Subs Not Used: Fisk, Deacon, Leach.