QPR UNDER-18S recorded their 10th straight league win with a 3-0 victory against Brentford on Saturday.
Goals from Jake Downs, Harly Wise and Conor Hubble handed the R’s youngsters a comfortable three points against the Bees at Harlington.
The win sees the young R’s side go five points clear at the top of the table, with second placed Charlton Athletic suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Bristol City.
Rangers netted twice in the opening 45 minutes from corners before Hubble added a third goal midway through the second half from the penalty spot.
Ryan Young could have handed Rangers an early lead inside the opening four minutes but Bees keeper Joe Taylor spread himself well to deny Steve Gallen’s side.
However, five minutes later the R’s found a way ahead through skipper Jake Downs. Taylor did well to deny David Fitzpatrick from close range from Young’s corner before captain Downs smashed the rebound home from five yards to put the home side 1-0 up.
Gallen's men soon doubled their lead in the 18th minute when Harly Wise was on hand to flick Young’s flag kick past Taylor via the post before Fitzpatrick went close to making it 3-0 as Ryan Makhosini cleared off the line after the R’s winger caught Taylor out.
Rangers missed a golden chance to go 3-0 ahead moments into the second-half as Fitzpatrick fired over from six-yards after good work on the right wing by Ben Beckles.
Brentford responded through George Pilbeam and Lewis Lavender, with the duo both going close for the Bees early on in the second half.
However, the match was put beyond Brentford on the hour mark when Taylor was adjudged to have tripped Young as he raced into the box. The referee pointed to the spot and Hubble stepped up to put the ball high to Taylor's left to seal victory.
Brentford went searching for a route back into the match and when Gradi Milenge beat five players, R’s stopper Joe Lumley was alert to keep out Montell Moore from 25 yards.
Brentford’s best chance of the match arrived when substitute Josh Stockwell fired a great ball across the six-yard box but fellow substitute Tom Field could only hit his shot on the stretch into the side netting.
In the closing stages Senior tested Lumley with an effort from the edge of the penalty area but the R's saw out the final few minutes to maintain their position at the top of the table.
QPR: Lumley; Furlong, Downs, Wise, Kpekawa; Young (Kueris 85), Mitchell, Comley, Fitzpatrick; Beckles (Adekonle 80), Hubble (Daly 74)
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