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  • 1 QPR U23s

    • Brandon Adams
  • 3 Bristol City U23s

    • Jack Challis
    • Connor Lemonleigh-Evans
    • Joe Morrell

09 January 2017

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Robins rock Under-23s at Harlington

BRANDON Adams was back amongst the goals for QPR Under-23s on Monday but his penalty couldn't prevent Paul Hall's side losing to Bristol City.

The R's youngsters fell behind early on at Harlington but were quickly back on level terms through Adams’ fifth-minute spot-kick.

City restored their lead before the break, however, and made sure of all three points with a well-taken penalty of their own late on.

Rangers were behind inside two minutes. A free-kick from the left was turned in by Jack Challis to give the visitors the perfect start.

The early lead didn’t last long, though. After Adams was bundled over in the box from Gianni Crichlow’s through ball, the striker dusted himself down and sent Jojo Wollacott the wrong way from the penalty spot.

And they almost found a second soon after. New signing Danny Rowe took aim but sent his shot flashed past the far post, while Adams was only denied a second of his own by a goal-line clearance.

At the other end, Joe Lumley was called upon to deny Joe Morrell from distance while Osagi Bascome missed the target when well-placed in the box.

It was an evenly-matched first half, but another free-kick nine minutes before the break undid Rangers for a second time. On this occasion Connor Lemonleigh-Evans applied the finishing touch in the box.

City spurned a glorious chance to extend their lead soon after the re-start. George Dowling teed up Morrell 12 yards out, but his shot sailed wide.

Meanwhile, the R’s first effort of note in the second period saw Nasser El Khayati’s free-kick clawed away by Wollacott.

Both sides came agonisingly close to a goal on the hour-mark. Jack Williams provided a heroic goal-line clearance, moments before half-time substitute Axel Prohouly crashed a shot off the crossbar.

Chances dried up thereafter, until six minutes from time when City were awarded the second penalty of the afternoon. Morrell stepped up to send Lumley the wrong way and seal victory for the visitors.

QPR: Lumley, Kakay, Williams, Paul, Arthur (Finney 64), Sadiki, El Khayati, Rowe, Adams (Prohouly 46), Clarke (Wallen 64), Crichlow.

Sub (not used): Herdman.

Goal: Adams 5 pen.