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No repeat as young Lions slip up at home to Forest

7 March 2016

Millwall U18s 0-5 Nottingham Forest U18s

A young Lions side were unable to repeat their comeback heroics when they slipped to a home defeat at the hands of a more experienced Nottingham Forest side at Calmont Road.

Goals from striker Matt Day and midfielder Lewis White had seen Millwall battle back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to force a draw against Southern League leaders Charlton the previous weekend.

But this Forest side were in no mood to relinquish their advantage after easing into a 3-0 first-half lead, and added two more after the break for good measure.

The Lions found themselves a goal behind after five minutes when Liam Adams drilled home to hand the visitors an early lead.

Millwall could twice have levelled just a few minutes later. Alex Mulrooney-Skinner's far post cross just evaded a possee of players and in the home side's next attack, Lewis White, Mulrooney-Skinner and Matt Day all had efforts on goal before the ball was pushed away for a corner.

Forest responded to that spell of pressure and by the 18th minute, had doubled their advantage when Ben Bereton slotted home from close range after the ball had been parried into his path.

A clinical finish from Keiran Hayes made it 3-0 shortly after, but credit to the gutsy young Lions who rallied well and dominated the last 15 minutes of the first period.

Day almost clawed one back on the half-hour mark with a strike which went inches wide and Danny McNamara saw his strike pushed away for a corner.

James Fitzgerald had an effort saved by the Forest keeper and Lewis White's mazy run finished with a shot that smacked the upright as Millwall tried in vain to reduce the arrears.

However any hopes they had of staging a second-half comeback were dashed within 60 seconds of the restart when Gerry McDough slotted home from close range, again giving goalkeeper Ryan Sanford no chance.

Forest put the seal on a powerful display on 50 minutes with the best goal of the game, a run and 20-yarder from Liam Adams that left Sanford grasping at thin air.

Despite trailing by five goals, the tenacity and pride shown by Millwall's youngsters until the final whistle should be mentioned. The result may not have gone their way, but they really gave their all against a Forest side who showed just why they are top of the Northern League.

Team: Ryan Sandford, Danny McNamara, Ronnie O’Donnell, James Fitzgerald, Rian Bray, James White, Alex Mulrooney-Skinner, Eze Ebozoeme, Matt Day (Matt Campbell-Mhlope, 55mins), Lewis White (Mason Saunders, 70mins), Junior Tiensa (Ryan Green, 87mins). Subs not used: Samuel Jackson and Matt Neary.

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