Nottingham Forest were beaten 4-2 by Liverpool in their Under-18 clash on Saturday morning but Jimmy Sinclair caught the eye with a moment of brilliance.
The Reds opened their campaign up with a defeat. It was a decent showing by a young Forest outfit though and they can take a lot of heart from their performance.
Forest have a lot to look forward to at under-18 level this season. Some new players have been added to the ranks and one player looking to shine is 17-year-old, Sinclair.
On Saturday, he scored an amazing solo goal as the Reds slipped to defeat. it was one bright moment for Forest as they fought valiantly to try and topple a quality Liverpool side.
The youngster was actually playing as a right-back during the clash. He showcased unbelievable determination to get forward though and was rewarded for his efforts.
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He dazzled in possession and his goal saw him take centre-stage. He slalomed away from two defenders before leaving a third on the floor and smashing low under the goalkeeper.
On this occasion, the goal proved to be in vain. However, Under-18 football isn’t all about winning games and Forest gained valuable experience during the clash with Liverpool.
The efforts from Forest almost gained them a point. After trailing 2-0, it was Sinclair’s goal that drew things level, before two goals in the last four minutes won it for the hosts.
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The teenager looks like an exciting player. He looked quality last season too as he made 23 appearances for the under-18s and also played for the under-21s in the Premier League.
Sinclair’s goal certainly left supporters wondering who it was scoring the stunning strike. The challenge for the player is to keep pushing forward in that manner and try and weigh in with more goal contributions.
Forest did well in the Under-18 Premier League last season. With the club’s academy something to be very proud of, the hope will be that the team can continue to kick on this season.
With Sinclair in this sort of form, it’s hard to imagine him not registering more goal contributions. If he keeps showing this level of skill, it might not be long before he’s catching the eye of the senior ranks.