Cardiff too strong for Hall's Under-23s
QPR UNDER-23S came away from the Cardiff City Stadium empty-handed after a 4-0 defeat on Monday night.
Kenneth Zohore’s first-half strike was all that separated the sides at the break, but three more goals after the re-start quashed any hopes of a second-half comeback.
Zohore doubled his and City’s tally before Peter Skaptis added a third seconds later, while defender Semi Ajayi completed the scoring five minutes from time.
Torrential rain greeted the sides at kick-off and R’s goalkeeper Joe Lumley was tested in the opening 60 seconds. Declan John burst down the wing but Lumley was equal to his effort.
At the other end, Axel Prohouly provided the R’s first attempt following good work from Osman Kakay and Ebere Eze in the build-up.
But it was City who broke the deadlock midway through the first period. A quick counter-attack allowed Zohore to clip the ball over the onrushing Lumley and into the back of the net.
It was almost déjà vu soon after, but this time Lumley made an important stop as City threatened once again seconds after defending a Rangers corner.
Rangers had Lumley to thank again from City’s next attack, flying across goal to keep out Tommy O’Sullivan’s diving header.
And they came even closer to a second goal three minutes before the break – this time the woodwork came to the R’s rescue as Lee Immers’ header crashed off the post.
Respite was shortlived, though, as City bagged two goals in as many minutes after the break.
First Zohore grabbed his second of the night with another clinical finish past Lumley, before substitute Skapetis slotted home a cross from six yards.
Lumley again excelled when he made a fingertip save, but was beaten from the resulting corner 10 minutes from time. Ajayi stooped to head in City’s fourth and complete a miserable night for Rangers in the welsh Capital.
Next up for Paul Hall’s side is a clash with Colchester United at Loftus Road on Friday afternoon.
QPR: Lumley, Paul (Bowler 64), Hamalainen, Finney, Arthur, Akinola (Williams 46), Kakay, Manning, Prohouly (Barzey 79), Eze, Crichlow.
Sub (not used): Herdman.