Stoke City 4 (Campbell 7, 11, 70, Read 76)
Nottingham Forest 1 (McCormick 35)
- Tyrese Campbell nets stunning hat-trick as Potters secure last 16 spot.
- Harvey Read also on the scoresheet as the hosts set up tie with Brighton or Cambridge United.
- Choz Chosworth dismissed shortly after the break for the visitors.
TYRESE CAMPBELL further enhanced his ever-growing reputation with a stunning hat-trick as Stoke City's U18 side secured a spot in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup.
The highly-regarded 17-year-old needed just seven minutes to break the deadlock following an incredibly lively opening and just four more to net his second of the evening and leave Nottingham Forest with a real mountain to climb.
Luke McCormick offered some salvation with a superbly taken strike of his own shortly before half-time, but the dismissal of Choz Charlesworth, for a clumsy challenge on Harry Souttar 10 minutes after the interval, swung the tie back in the home side’s favour.
It was Campbell once more who was on target to effectively put the game to bed with another impeccable finish from 15-yards out midway through the second half before substitute Harvey Read rubbed salt into the Forest wounds late on.
There were even further opportunities to have added to the tally with the impressive Jordan Greenidge twice going close whilst skipper Jake Dunwoody, who produced another polished performance, forced Jordan Wright into a smart save from distance.
Boss Kevin Russell looked delighted with his side’s showing on the touchline, and rightly so, given the way they dismantled a Forest side, who came into the encounter on the back of a 3-2 triumph over Crewe Alexandra, a result that propelled them into second place in the U18 Professional Development League.
Russell will also have been delighted with the way his troops restricted the visitors to just a handful of opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, despite the side boasting an impressive ration of 48 goals in 17 league outings this term.
Part of that was down to the impeccable nature of debutant Harry Souttar's performance, with the Scotland defender looking incredibly assured in what was his debut for the Potters following his summer switch from Dundee United.
The comprehensive victory sets up a showdown with either Brighton and Hove Albion or Cambridge United at the bet365 Stadium, with the winners of that tie progressing through to the Quarter-Finals of the showpiece tournament.
STOKE CITY: Deczki, Edwards, McJannet, Cherdieu (Read, 46), Souttar, Silva, Dunwoody (c), Sorensen, Greenidge, Campbell (Szereto, 78), Twyford.