MICHAEL Petrasso's wonder strike all but guaranteed QPR Under-18s' place in the play-offs with victory at Bristol City on Saturday.
The Canadian's 20th-minute winner proved decisive as the Canadian stole the limelight with an unstoppable effort from 25 yards.
Rangers went close to increasing their advantage as Brandon Comley shot wide while Peter Skapetis saw his effort blocked before the break.
Ryan Young threatened to double the R’s tally on the counter-attack in the second period but ultimately it was the visitors’ resilient defending which safeguarded maximum points.
Goalkeeper Joe Lumley twice denied the Robins a late equaliser, tipping a shot around the post before standing firm to block a goal-bound volley.
Victory was the perfect response to last week’s defeat to Millwall, reaffirming the R’s position at the top of the table heading into the final game of the campaign.
Steve Gallen’s side sign-off with a visit from Swansea City on Saturday as they challenge Charlton Athletic for the league title.
Only victory for the Addicks in midweek over Colchester United can dislodge Rangers from top spot, as both sides look set to fill the top two positions for a place in the Professional Development League play-offs.
QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Monthe, Comley, Wise, Kpekawa, Petrasso, Hunt-Laurent, Skapetis, Carreiro (Mitchell 75), Young.