Late double for City condems QPR to defeat
MICHAEL Doughty and Ravel Morrison featured for QPR Under-23s at Harlington on Monday, where two late strikes gave Birmingham City all three points.
Rangers, who included the midfield pairing in their starting XI, went ahead through Ilias Chair before Wes McDonald’s stunning 30-yard effort levelled the scores before the break.
Honours remained even until five minutes from time, when two quick-fire goals from substitutes Jack Storer and Ronan Hale snatched victory for the visitors.
Chances were few and far between early on, but Paul Hall’s side opened the scoring with their first on 11 minutes. Ebere Eze’s inch-perfect through ball released Chair, who finished with aplomb into the bottom left-hand corner.
It took until the half-hour mark for the visitors to respond, with Charlie Adams fizzing an effort just wide.
It proved a warning sign, as City equalised moments later. McDonald picked up the ball 30 yards out before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
And McDonald would have added a second before the break but for Seny Dieng. McDonald pounced on a weak back pass but this time the R’s goalkeeper stood firm to block the shot.
After the re-start, it was Rangers who threatened first. Half-time substitute Josh Bowler floated over a teasing cross for Chair, but he could only direct his header into the side netting at the far post.
Dieng was called upon midway through the second period to make another smart save, this time from substitute Ronan Hale, while his opposite number Connal Trueman denied R’s trialist Andre Wright after good work from Bowler in the build-up.
Hale went close again six minutes from time, curling an effort just wide as the visitors went in search of a late winner.
And they found one seconds later. Fellow substitute Jack Storer rocketed a shot into the top corner from distance to give Dieng no chance and Birmingham the lead in style.
Victory was rubber-stamped by Hale, who bundled home a third goal in the final minute.
QPR: Dieng, Rowe, Paul, Doughty (Fox 76), Arthur, Finney, Walker (Bowler 46), Morrison (Owens 66), Wright, Eze, Chair.
Sub (not used): Hudnott.
Goal: Chair 11.