Late Tigers winner sinks R's
DESPITE leading twice, QPR Under-23s went down 3-2 to Hull City at Loftus Road in this afternoon’s Professional Development League fixture.
QPR started the game the brighter of the two teams with Ody Alfa and skipper for the day Alex Finney both going close with early opportunities.
Josh Bowler then went on a darting run, skipping past two players and again finding Alfa, who hit a fierce drive at the keeper as the hosts continued to dominate.
Hull grew into the game as the half neared its midway stage, with Tyler Hamilton causing problems down the right flank. He first set up Marc Kelledy, who fired a shot just over the crossbar, and then went on a jinking run that forced Finney into an outstanding block.
From the resulting corner, Lewis Ritson hit the crossbar as Hull started to put Rangers under a spell of pressure.
However, on 36 minutes, QPR went ahead after some dazzling footwork near the corner flag from Eberechi Eze saw him glide into the box and find Aramide Oteh, who fired low into the far corner.
The R’s had an opportunity to double their lead just before the break, when a well-taken quick free-kick saw the ball fall to Aiden Mesias 12 yards out, but his volley flew straight at Tigers keeper Scott Coughlon.
Hull began the second period on top and a good passing move led to another effort from Kelledy, which this time flew over the bar.
Thereafter, a personal battle between Hull centre-half Brad Maslen Jones and Rangers keeper Conor Hudnott ensued, with the R’s shot-stopper making two outstanding close-range saves after slack marking following successive set-pieces.
But Hull would soon make their second half pressure count, when Kelledy beat the offside trap and deservedly levelled the scores in the 65th minute.
It took the Hoops a while to find their rhythm after conceding, but they were ahead again on 74 minutes, when the ball broke to Eze who slotted the Hoops in front.
The lead lasted just four minutes, however, as Hull equalised from the penalty spot when Jeremy Arthur was penalised for grappling in the area – and Robert McKenzie smashed home the spot-kick.
Both sides had chances to win it late on, but it was the Tigers who would go home with all three points after Jack Robinson’s headed back-pass fell well short of Hudnott and Hull’s Johan Ter Horst executed a perfect lob to clinch maximum points for the visitors.
QPR: Hudnott, Paul, Robinson, Owens (Folkes 63), Arthur, Finney (Fox 63), Bowler, Mesias, Oteh (Darbyshire 63), Eze, Alfa.
Subs not used: Herdman.