Sunderland AFC Under-18s were defeated 2-1 at the Academy of Light as Nottingham Forest came from behind to take all three points in the U18 Premier League.
The young Black Cats dominated the opening proceedings with Jack Whittaker and Josh Robertson firing shots wide from close range.
The opener came just before the break as Ben Creamer was brought down inside the area and it was the winger who stepped up to put the Lads ahead.
The visitors grew into the game as the second half played out and the equaliser came 15 minutes from time. A mix up at the back allowed Connor Brown to make things level from close-range.
Fin Lynch's side were reduced to ten men with five minutes to play as Jayden Sekete received his second yellow card for a late challenge.
Into stoppage time and Forest claimed all three points as Danny Anijsko finished beyond Dan Cameron to seal the Premier League tie.
Sunderland AFC: Cameron, Sekete, Bell, Kindon (Parker), Beattie, Jones (Holcroft), Whittaker, Robertson, Obolo (Hunt), Creamer (Geragusian), Ogunsuyi.
Substitutes: Metcalf, Parker, Holcroft, Hunt, Geragusian