QPR secure Peterborough friendly win
QPR stepped up pre-season preparations with an entertaining win over Peterborough United on Saturday.
Jamie Mackie’s 22nd-minute opener gave Rangers the lead at the ABAX Stadium, on an afternoon where Ian Holloway was able to give no fewer than 23 players an outing.
Despite being pegged back by a Junior Morias double after the hour-mark, QPR’s youthful ‘second half’ XI responded well and ensured they were victorious thanks to goals from Jack Robinson, Ebere Eze and Charlie Owens.
The 120-minute match – split into four 30-minute periods – saw both sides field two entirely different XIs for each hour.
Matt Smith led the line from the start for Rangers, and twice came close to opening the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes. First, a towering header at the far post was clawed away by Jonathan Bond before he put his next chance over from Yeni Ngbakoto’s knock-down.
Conor Washington, returning to his former club, had his first sniff at goal soon after but couldn’t find the target after good work from Mackie in the build-up.
At the other end, former R’s midfielder Michael Doughty provided Posh’s first serious attempt – fortunately for Rangers, his 20-yard half-volley whistled wide.
Instead it was Rangers who made the breakthrough. Ngbakoto climbed highest to Washington’s cross before Mackie stole in to add the finishing touch with his chest.
Mackie would have had a second before the half-hour mark when he found the top corner, but his thunderous volley was harshly disallowed for handball.
Peterborough enjoyed the better of the second 30-minute period but without seriously troubling Alex Smithies in the R’s goal. Rangers did have the woodwork to thank, though, when Ricky Miller’s low drive clipped the far post and went behind.
The 60-minute mark saw both teams change their entire XI, with QPR boasting a much more youthful side for the second half.
And they were pegged back inside three minutes of the re-start. After Darnell Furlong tripped Andrea Borg in the box, Morias made no mistake from the spot.
It didn’t take Morias long to find a second – doubling his tally in the 72nd minute to put Posh ahead with a neat finish inside the box.
Two goals at the other end in as many minutes, though, wrestled the game back in QPR’s favour.
First left-back Robinson levelled with a thumping finish into the far corner before youngster Eze added the R’s third, sliding home Wszolek’s pull-back after excellent work from the Pole inside the box.
The young R’s took control of the match thereafter, and added gloss to the scoreline in the final 30-minute period. Reece Grego-Cox’s cross fell kindly for Owen, who slammed home the loose ball and seal victory.
QPR (first half): Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Scowen, Manning, Mackie, Ngbakoto, Washington (Wszolek 50), Smith.
QPR (second half): Ingram, Furlong, Phillips, Hamalainen, Robinson, Wszolek, Owens, Borysiuk, Grego-Cox, Eze (Chair 96), Sylla.