R's youngsters brush Cardiff aside
GOALS early in each half saw QPR Under-23s cruise to victory over Cardiff City on Monday.
Trialist Aramide Oteh opened the scoring inside seven minutes before Danny Rowe sealed a comfortable win, doubling the R’s lead seconds after the half-time interval.
Meanwhile, defender Jack Robinson played the full 90 minutes at Harlington as he continues to work his way back to full fitness after injury.
In a first half of few chances, Rangers started the brightest.
Ebere Eze fashioned the first effort but his 20-yard attempt sailed high over the crossbar.
The R’s made the breakthrough from their next attack, though. A slick through ball found Oteh inside the box, who took a touch before beating Luke O’Reilly in the Cardiff goal with a neat finish.
Cardiff had to wait until the 35th minute for their first genuine chance, and what a chance it was. Mark Harris robbed Chris Paul at the back but, with the goal gaping, curled the ball wide.
At the other end, O’Reilly prevented Michael Petrasso from doubling the R’s lead going into the break. A corner dropped nicely for the R’s winger but his volley was blocked at point-blank range by the City custodian.
Rangers weren’t to be denied a second goal, though – doubling their lead within 30 seconds of the re-start. Rowe jinked inside to leave his marker on the floor before curling his effort beyond O’Reilly and inside the far post.
It was one-way traffic thereafter as the young R’s took complete control.
Josh Bowler came close to adding a third on the hour-mark when he cut onto his favoured left-foot but fired just past the far post, while Eze sent a shot just over moments later.
Paul came even closer but the woodwork denied him as his stunning strike crashed back off the crossbar.
It mattered not, as Rangers remained untroubled at the back to keep a clean sheet and ease to victory.
QPR: Dieng, Petrasso, Robinson, Wallen (Chair 74), Paul, Finney, Bowler (Clarke 71), Rowe, Oteh, Eze, Hamalainen (Williams 62).
Sub (not used): Herdman.
Goals: Oteh 7, Rowe 46.