QPR U18s v Charlton Athletic U18s - FA Youth Cup Third Round - Tuesday, 12th December 2017 - Loftus Road
QPR’s involvement in this season’s FA Youth Cup is over following a 3-1 loss to Charlton in the FA Youth Cup.
Goals from Luke Carey, Albie Morgan and Alfie Doughty sealed the Addicks place in the next round. Leandro Ribeiro had replied for the R’s but Charlton ended as deserved winners.
The visitors were quicker out of the blocks and had the first chance of the match just after five minutes when the Captain Ben Dempsey won the ball in midfield and fired a low effort just wide of the far post.
On the 9th minute Alfie Doughty found some space in the box but lashed over from close range.
Albie Morgan then should have given the Addicks the lead after they once again stole the ball in midfield and worked it cleverly to the on-rushing Morgan but his shot from 12-yards out went just wide.
However, on the 23rd minute Charlton’s dominance was rewarded with the lead. Alfie Doughty went on a mazy run down the left wing and cut it back to Luke Carey who finished from close range.
But the goal seemed to spark Rangers’ into life and they equalised five minutes later when Caden Genovesi crossed the ball into Mickel Platt who guided it into the path of Leandro Ribeiro with the winger expertly controlling it and calmly finishing into the bottom corner.
Buoyed by their equaliser the young R’s started to keep the ball better and play with more confidence. On the 36th minute a good patient move led to a half chance for Platt but he could not get enough power on his header.
However, despite their strong finish to the half it was Charlton who should have gone in ahead at the break. The dangerous Doughty once again found space on the left-hand side and teed up Morgan but from 10-yards out his side-footed effort was straight at keeper Myles Bowman.
The second period got off to a tentative start but came into life on the 56th minute when Doughty’s pin-point cross found forward Alexander Willis - his header looked to be looping into the top corner but Bowman reacted with a fantastic save to his left-hand side.
Charlton then thought they had a penalty on the 57th minute for a challenge by defender Aaron Drewe on Doughty but the referee penalised the attacker for simulation.
A few minutes later Rangers went up the other end and came close to taking the lead through a Bansal-Mcnulty strike that whistled just over the crossbar. He then turned provider, creating a decent chance for Gilbert Miller but his shot went just over the bar
On the 70th minute the Addicks were given a penalty when Williams-Lowe was adjudged to have handled in the box. Albie Morgan stepped up and sent Bowman the wrong way to give Charlton the lead.
The Hoops searched for a late equaliser but in truth it was the visitors who looked closer to extending their lead. Dempsey went close from a well-worked free kick and then should have done better when Jordan Zemura squared it to him from the edge of the box.
The South Londoners then sealed their victory in injury time in some fashion. Doughty spotted Bowman off his line and from 70-yards and curled a spectacular effort into the bottom corner to send the visitors into the Fourth Round.
QPR Under-18s: Bowman, Williams-Love (Dauti 70), Drewe, Gubbins, Genovesi, Ribeiro, Miller (Brooks 70), Bansal-Mcnulty, Mesias, Francis-Adeyinka, Platt
Subs not used: White, Remy, Woollard-Innocent
Goals: Ribeiro 26