Nottingham Forest have moved up to third in the Under-18 Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Liverpool. Kyle McAdam was instrumental throughout and scored the winning goal after just 15 minutes.
The win sees Manchester City claim the under-18 title without kicking a ball, with Liverpool needing a win to keep their dream alive.
Forest have rocketed up the table in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, with Warren Joyce overseeing a fantastic run of form.
Liverpool have been outscoring their opponents of late. They recently thumped Leeds 10-3 and also put five past Wolves a fortnight ago.
The current crop of Forest youngsters are riding the crest of a wave though following their exploits in the FA Youth Cup.
Joyce’s team have a final to look forward to against Manchester United at Old Trafford and the Reds are now above the Red Devils in the league.
McAdam has been a pretty consistent performer in the Forest team. He has operated in a number of positions including left-back, left-wing and in the centre of midfield.
His goal against Liverpool was his second of the campaign and serves to highlight how Joyce likes his wing-backs to aid with free-flowing attacks.
McAdam proves Forest young guns are about more than attacking trio
Detlef Esapa Osong, Jack Nadin and Dale Taylor have all been magnificent this season. The three have rightly earned praise for their heroics in the under-18 team.
McAdam showcased today, however, that the team is about more than the attackers.
Naturally scoring the winning goal was great and gave Forest a massive three points. There was, however another impressive part of the player’s performance today.
Oakley Cannonier has lit up the Under-18 Premier League this season, scoring 23 goals for the Reds. Arguably being part of a defensive unit that managed to keep him quiet was even more impressive than his strike.
Forest are finishing their league campaign with a flourish and soon the focus will turn to the eagerly-anticipated FA Youth Cup Final.