NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1
- The Seagulls are beaten 4-3 on penalties
- Gerry McDonagh gives Forest the lead
- Archie Davies equalises for Albion
- Max Sanders, Jayson Molumby and Danny Barker all score from the spot
Brighton & Hove Albion were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup following a 4-3 defeat on penalties to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground tonight.
Gerry McDonagh gave the hosts the lead shortly before half-time, before Archie Davies netted an equaliser.
After no goals in extra time, the tie went to penalties and the East Midlands side edged out a closely-fought contest.
The game began with both sides showing plenty of endeavour, but neither created much in the way of chances.
Albion’s best opportunity in the first half hour fell to Jordan Maguire-Drew, who saw his free- kick go narrowly wide of the target.
Forest took the lead in the 42nd minute when Albion keeper Robert Sanchez could only parry a powerful strike from Kieran Hayes into the path of Gerry McDonagh, who slotted home the rebound.
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The Seagulls equalised soon after the restart though, as Archie Davies was on hand to turn in a left-wing cross at the back post.
The hosts had a chance to re-establish their lead, but Sanchez was on hand to tip over Ben Brereton’s header with a two-handed save.
There was little action in either period of extra time, but the referee did brandish a yellow card for Tom Gamblen after his late challenge on Reece Meekums.
The score of 1-1 ensured the tie went into penalties, and it was Ian Buckman’s side that stepped up first.
George Cox missed the target with the first spot- kick of the night, as his attempt went high and wide over the target.
The hosts netted their first penalty, after Ryan Yates slotted home from 12 yards past Sanchez.
Thomas Byrne agonisingly slipped before taking his penalty, which saw his shot rise over the crossbar.
But Forest missed the chance to take a 2-0 lead in the shoot-out, after Sanchez made a fine stop to keep out goalscorer McDonagh’s effort.
Max Sanders gave Albion hope when he confidently put his penalty away to level the scores before Elvis Otim fired home for Forest.
Jayson Molumby levelled the scores up at 2-2 after his successful conversion, before Jordan Gabriel made it 3-2 to the hosts.
Danny Barker was then left with the responsibility of keeping Ian Buckman’s team in the tie and duly obliged, but Gamblen scored the decisive penalty to send Forest into round four of the competition.
ALBION: Sanchez; Moore, Barker, Meyers, Cox; Davies, Molumby, Sanders, Maguire-Drew, Mandroiu, Tilley.
SUBS: Vose (GK), Rolph, Meekums, O'Sullivan, Byrne.