Nottingham Forest Under-18s won their second match of the 2020/21 campaign with a 7-0 demolition of QPR at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

The Reds are now unbeaten in three matches with Gareth Holmes helping his side overcome a tricky start to the season.

QPR under-18s have been struggling this season but Forest were ruthless and got their just rewards for some good football.

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Summer signing Dale Taylor stole the show yesterday with a stunning hat-trick. Oliver Hammond scored twice, with Jovel Jackson-Davis and Esapa Osong adding the other two.

Taylor is an interesting one though, with Forest beating off Leeds United to sign the 16-year-old during the summer.

The Reds signed the striker from Linfield where he made his first-team debut as a 15-year-old, scoring his first senior goal a month after his maiden outing.

Football League stalwart David Healy was the man who gave Taylor his senior debut had high praise for the striker.

 

He told Belfast Live: “Dale has all the attributes; he’s a talented boy.”

It would seem wrong to focus on just one of Forest’s star-studded youngsters after such an emphatic victory but Taylor does look an interesting signing.

Irish football is clearly not a patch on the English game but scoring at first-team level is a sizeable step in the right direction.

Development

The youngster will hope to progress through the youth ranks and make his mark on the first-team and he certainly has lots of potential.

Forest have a proud history when it comes to player’s coming through the ranks and in particular Irish ones.

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Andy Reid is the most obvious name to come through the Forest ranks, enjoying a career away from the Reds in the Premier League too.

Taylor could ironically get the chance to work with the man he will aim to emulate when he progresses up the next rung on the ladder, with Reid in charge of the under-23s at the moment.

Forest under-18s are next in action when they travel to Ipswich Town next Saturday and Taylor will be on the goal trail once more.

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