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13th November 2023 19:01

FA Youth Cup Rd1
FT Mansfield U18 0-2 Derby U18
One Call Stadium, Fri 10 Nov 2023
Att 678 (123 from Derby)
By Martin Shaw
4 minutes 0-1. Penalty after Callum Johnson tripped McAndrew. Brown sent Anthony Nunez the wrong way.
8 minutes Derby unlucky not to be further ahead when Brown hit the underside of the bar from 6 yards.
Derby the better side and deservedly ahead at the break.
HT 0-1
47 minutes Good save from Stags new keeper Nunez, beating away a shot from 12 yards. Then Brown shoots inches wide.
69 minutes McAndrew shot blocked on the line by Warnaby.
83 minutes Mansfield's first and only chance of the night, Kokkinos shot from 16 yards and the Derby keeper makes a fabulous diving save low down to push it around the post.
87 minutes Allen one-on-one with Nunez, slides his shot wide.
90+2 minutes 0-2 Left back Gill receives the ball overlapping and fires in from the left.
FT 0-2 Derby much the better side and deservedly through. Mansfield battled hard and stayed in the game until stoppage time, and could have drawn level when Ronnie Kokkinos forced a fabulous save from the keeper. Derby sealed the game in stoppage time.

1. Nunez, 2. Hartmann, 3. H.Scott, 4. Whyle, 5. Warnaby, 6. Oldershaw (Whitman-Brown 81), 7. King, 8. Taylor, 9. Organ (Aynsley-Johnson 54), 10. Kokkinos, 11. Johnson (Hamilton 54). Subs not used: Leech, Ellis, Scott, Spinks

Derby: Thompson, Perry (Osayanoe 85), Gill, Hawkins, Cox, Robinson, Osong (Gough H/T), Fames, Brown (Wheeldon 58), Allen, McAndrew. Subs not used: Price, Oguntolu, Banks, Simons


FA Youth Cup report: Stags 0-2 Derby
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 10 November 2023

Spirited Mansfield Town U18 bowed out of the FA Youth Cup as Derby County U18 scored in either half to progress into round two of the competition.

The Rams got off to a dream start inside the third minute, winning a penalty after Niall McAndrew was upended inside the box.


And Dajuane Brown made no mistake from the spot, blasting into the top left hand corner to give the visitors an early lead.

Derby continued to threaten and almost doubled their lead five minutes later when Brown struck the woodwork after a pull-back from the goal line.

The Rams burst forward in the 14th minute and Cruz Allen managed to weave his way between two defenders to fire a shot which was well held by Stags’ goalkeeper Anthony Nunez.

At the other end, Mansfield left-back Harvey Scott saw his free-kick from the edge of the box headed clear.

On 26 minutes, Derby’s McAndrew embarked on a mazy run into the penalty area before planting his strike into the side netting.

Just beyond the half-hour mark, Rams’ captain Keilen Robinson lashed a half-volley over the bar from 20 yards.

Stags’ striker Dan Organ was shown the game’s first yellow card on 42 minutes for pulling back Derby defender Fred Perry.

On the stroke of half-time, Elliot Hartmann made an inch-perfect challenge inside the home box to prevent an opening for the visitors.

In the last action of the first period, Nunez was well behind Cruz Allen’s thunderous 35-yard free-kick.

Two minutes after the break, Nunez kept out Allen again, this time with a fine save to beat away the frontman’s right-footed hit from 12 yards.

Derby should have doubled their lead when Brown took a neat touch inside the area before lashing wide.

The Rams’ Owen Eames was booked for a push on Ollie Taylor as the midfielder looked to dart forward.

Nunez was again called upon to gather McAndrew’s side-footed attempt from the left of the goal area.

Resillient Stags managed to prevent Nunez from being tested on 69 minutes when Derby stabbed a shot at goal from close range, but a cluster of amber and blue shirts got in the way of the effort.

With 12 minutes remaining, Allen blasted over 20 yards from goal before Mansfield made another change as Che Whitman-Brown replaced Mace Oldershaw.

Stags came mightly close to an equaliser a minute later as Derby goalkeeper Jack Thompson produced an excellent one-handed save to deny Ronnie Kokkinos’ powerful drive.

On 87 minutes, Allen broke clear of the Stags’ defence but directed his shot past the post after advancing one-on-one with Nunez.

And Derby made sure of the victory in the first minute of added time when Tristan Gill arrowed a left-footed effort into the right-hand corner of the net to seal the Rams’ passage into the next round.

STAGS: Nunez, Scott, Hartmann, Whyle, Warnaby, Oldershaw (Whitman-Brown 82), King, Taylor, Organ (Aynsley-Johnson 55), Kokkinos, Johnson (Hamilton 55)

UNUSED SUBS: Leech, Ellis, Scott, Spinks

DERBY: Thompson, Perry (Osayanoe 85), Gill, Hawkins, Cox, Robinson, Osong (Gough H/T), Fames, Brown (Wheeldon 58), Allen, McAndrew

UNUSED SUBS: Price, Oguntolu, Banks, Simons

REFEREE: Haydn Lavender

ATTENDANCE: 678 (123 Derby supporters)



Derby County's Under-18s progressed into the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory over Mansfield Town on Friday evening.

A first half penalty from Dajaune Brown was added to by a late Tristan Gill strike to ensure Danny Maye's side booked a trip to Bolton Wanderers in the Second Round later this month.

Derby were cheered on at One Call Stadium by Head Coach Paul Warne and his coaching staff of Richie Barker, Matt Hamshaw and Andy Warrington, while owner David Clowes was also in attendance.


The young Rams made a rapid start and were handed the perfect opportunity to take the lead within the opening five minutes after Niall McAndrew was felled in the box.

Brown stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, giving the home goalkeeper the eyes before sending the ball into the opposite corner.

It was nearly two for Brown and two for Derby within the opening 10 minutes but for the crossbar. McAndrew again the provider, this time playing the ball across the box from the left for Brown who rattled the woodwork from close range.

McAndrew, who was proving a real threat, was inches away from adding a second when he bent a sublime effort just wide of the top corner from the edge of the box.

Derby started the second period as they did the first, well on top, and were denied an early second when Cruz Allen's strike was well saved by the Mansfield goalkeeper.

Derby continued to hunt for a second and Brown fired just wide before McAndrew had a well struck shot saved again by the Stags' stot-stopper.

Mansfield striker Ronnie Kokkinos very nearly levelled the game with the hosts' first shot on target in the 83rd minute. He worked a yard of space just inside the area and fired an effort which looked destined for the bottom corner but was denied by a brilliant fingertip save from Jack Thompson to push the ball away.

Allen had a golden chance to bury the game when he broke through one-on-one in the final stages but he put his effort wide.

Derby did finally get their well deserved second in stoppage time. Gill broke down the left, beating his man for pace before firing an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner to ensure the Rams claimed the win their performance deserved.

Derby County Under-18s
Starting XI: Thompson (GK), Perry (83' Osayande), Gill, Hawkins, Cox, Robinson (C), Osong (46' Gough), Eames, Brown (57' Wheeldon), Allen, McAndrew.

Substitutes Not Used: Price (GK), Oguntolu, Banks, Simons.