Nottingham Forest 1
Hiwula 45, 59
- Match reports
- 17 September 2011 15:54
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
Two goals from in-form striker Jordy Hiwula helped City’s Under-18s to a welcome victory at Forest in the Barclays Premier Academy League.
Coach Adam Sadler made the decision to rest many of the Academy players who featured in the demanding NextGen Series tie against Barcelona at Ewen Fields on Thursday night.
That meant a start in goal for 15-year-old Angus Gunn, son of the former Norwich and Scotland goalkeeper Bryan, as well as a full debut for another 15-year-old, Ashley Smith-Brown, at right back.
Conditions proved difficult at Gresham Close, with the Blues playing into torrential rain and blustery winds throughout the first half. But City managed to ride the storm and dig in, pressing to create a crucial opening.
Their persistence paid off just before half time as City broke the deadlock through a great move, finished off by 16-year-old Hiwula.
The dreary weather continued throughout the second half and the home side equalised through Patrick Bamford.
But City responded positively and remained determined, with their spritely attitude rewarded when Hiwula scored his second goal to give the Blues a well-deserved victory.
Head of Academy Mark Allen was very pleased with the young Blues’ winning response after their first defeat of the season against Newcastle last Saturday.
“It was good to see Smith-Brown make his Under-18 debut,” said Allen. “The result is more pleasing than ever - it’s a great response from the boys after last week’s disappointment. We’ll keep pressing on and working hard from here.”