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U18 Premier League: Nottingham Forest thrash Manchester United

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Danny Anijsko starred as Nottingham Forest cruised past Manchester United 4-0 in the U18 Premier League North.

Ben Perry opened the scoring before Kyle McAdam scored a penalty to double the lead in the second half. Danny Anijsko got on the scoresheet shortly after before Kristian Clarke wrapped up the game for Forest.

Nottingham Forest came into this clash on a run of three successive defeats in the league with their last victory coming against Middlesbrough in January.

Manchester United, on the other hand, entered this game unbeaten in their last 10 U18 Premier League North games, last tasting defeat back in September away at Stoke.

Forest took the lead in the 10th minute when they caught United trying to play out from the back. Conor Brown pressed Elyh Harrison in the box and blocked his attempted clearance.

The ball rolled across the box for Perry who fired it into the empty net to score in back-to-back games.

After a mainly quiet first half, Forest had an opportunity to double their lead just before the break. Justin Hanks got in down the right and pulled it across for George Hemmings.

The midfielder fired a first-time effort on the half-volley which was denied by a stunning save from Harrison.

Forest were awarded a penalty in the 47th minute when Anijsko was tripped in the box by Jaydan Kamason. McAdam stepped up to take the spot kick and fired it into the top left corner to make it 2-0.

The home side increased their lead 15 minutes later when Hemmings drove forward and rolled through Anijsko who slotted a first-time strike over Harrison and into the net.

It was 4-0 in the 77th with Harrison again being caught in possession. This time Archie Whitehall intercepted his pass out and found substitute Clarke who slotted home.

United earned themselves a penalty in stoppage time when James Nolan was brought down by Ben Hammond in the box.

Nolan stepped up to take it himself but his penalty was picked out of the bottom corner brilliantly by Keehan Willows to maintain his clean sheet.

The victory moves Forest up to fifth in the table. United stay third but are now 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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