U23 Report: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United

U23 Report: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United

Whites play out score draw.

Professional Development League

Nottingham Forest 1 (Johnson 78)

Leeds United 1 (Edmondson 29)


Venue: Nigel Doughty Academy


Leeds United and Nottingham Forest played out a 1-1 draw in the Professional Development League at a rain sodden Nigel Doughty Academy.

The home side had the first chance of the game. Following a corner, the ball fell to Tyrese Fornah on the edge of the Leeds box, but he had his shot well blocked.

With few chances for either side, due to the difficult conditions, Leeds went ahead in the 29th minute.  A Leeds corner fell kindly for Ryan Edmondson to strike in the Nottingham area and he smashed a strike into the top corner.

The goal gave Leeds confidence and Mateusz Bogusz tried his luck from range, but saw his effort well blocked.

Leeds again went close from another corner before the break, with Oliver Casey’s deflected attempt going just wide.

In stoppage time in the first half, the hosts had a great chance to level.  Keith Asare weaved his way into the Leeds box and the ball fell kindly for Yassine En-Neyah to strike, but he saw his shot come off the post.

Half time: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Leeds United

Leeds almost went further ahead six minutes into the second half, Bryce Hosannah did well down the right and his cross was met by Struijk who was denied by Forest stopper Marios Siampanis, whilst his follow up was superbly blocked.

In the 58th minute the hosts were awarded a penalty, as Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel was tripped by Struijk.  Will Swan stepped up to take the spot kick, but Illan Meslier made superb stop to deny him from 12 yards.

Brennan Johnson then did well down the left for Forest, he drove into the Leeds area, but couldn’t get the better of Meslier from a narrow angle. 

In the 73rd minute Leeds again created a good chance from a corner, but Struijk could only fire over when well placed.

Five minutes later Forest levelled the match.  Following an advantage by the referee, Johnson fired home with a 25 yard strike which found the top corner.

Robbie Gotts saw a strike saved late on for Leeds, whilst Toby Edser was denied by Meslier at a Forest corner as both sides had to settle for a point.

Full time: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United