EDS & Academy

City U18s beaten by Forest

City U18s beaten by Forest
Premier League u18
Premier League u18
Sat 19 Mar
City's Under 18s were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest in the U18 Premier League North, bringing an end to an eight-match winning streak for Ben Wilkinson's side.

An own-goal from City's Isaiah Dada-Mascoll gave the hosts an early lead, before keeper George Murray-Jones saved a Forest penalty to keep the hosts within touching distance. 

Dan Ogwuru drew us level before the break, only for the hosts to score the winner in the 51st minute through Detlef Esapa Osong, securing the points for the Midlands side. 


City came into the game with a seven-point advantage at the top of the U18 Premier League North table in search for a ninth league win in a row to provide further breathing room at the league's summit.

But it was not the ideal start for the City youngsters as Dada-Mascoll diverted Dale Taylor's cross into our own net, giving the hosts the lead with just under 10 minutes played. 

It looked as though Forest would extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute for a foul on Taylor, who stepped up to take the spot kick, only to be denied by Murray-Jones who kept the score difference to one. 

City were then able to capitalise on Murray-Jones' heroics, drawing  level just before the half-hour mark with Ogwuru poking past Forest keeper Aaron Bott from close range, which saw the teams go into the break with the score tied at one apiece.

However, just six minutes after the restart, City fell behind once again, with a defensive error allowing Esapa Osong in on goal to fire past Murray-Jones to restore the hosts' advantage. 

Though dominant in possession, City struggled to trouble the Forest back-line, with the hosts enjoying the better chances throughout the game.

During the closing stages, Forest's defence was called into action, with some good saves from Bott denying the Blues and ensuring , Forest held out for victory.


George Murray-Jones was given the nod in-between the sticks, behind of a defence comprised of Rico Lewis, Isaiah Dada-Mascoll, who makes his first appearance for the U18s alongside Max Alleyne and Matty Whittingham. 

Mo Susoho provided the defensive cover in midfield, behind the more attacking duo of Nico O'Reilly and Josh Adam

Dire Mebude lined up on the right hand side with Luca Barrington on the left, whilst Dan Ogwuru was handed the No.9 shirt by Ben Wilkinson for our clash against Forest. 

Nottingham Forest U18

Starting XI: Bott, Abbott, McAdam, McDonnell (C), Johnson, Hammond, Powell, Collins, Taylor, Nadin, Esapa Osong

Subs: Aker, Korpal, Barker, Thompson, Perkins

Manchester City U18

Starting XI: Murray-Jones, Lewis (C), Dada-Mascoll, Alleyne, Whittingham, Susoho, Mebude, O'Reilly, Ogwuru, Adam, Barrington

Subs: Smith, McNamara, Soda, Dickson, Ndala


A defeat brings an impressive winning run of eight league games to an end for Ben Wilkinson's side. 

However, results elsewhere mean that we still have a six-point advantage in the U18 Premier League North over Liverpool, whilst Blackburn Rovers are 12 points behind us with two games in hand. 


City's U18s will not play for another two weeks due to international fixtures, with Rico Lewis and Nico O'Reilly both involved in England youth fixtures in the coming days.

The next time you will be able to catch the U18s in action will be against Wolves at the City Football Academy, with kick-off at 12:30 (UK) on Saturday 2 April. 

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