Five star Forest thrash QPR Under-23s
QPR Under-23s were well beaten by a powerful and dominant Nottingham Forest side, in their latest Professional Development League fixture this afternoon (Friday).
Ben Brereton scored a quick-fire double in the first half to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time.
And the striker went on to complete his hat-trick after the break, while also setting up Lewis Walters before grabbing his fourth in a comprehensive victory for the Midlands side.
Paul Hall's Rangers had the better of the opening exchanges.
Early on, Axel Prohouly got down the right-hand side and crossed for Romeo Akinola, whose miss-hit shot found Darbyshire. The forward then forced Jordan Smith into a save.
Moments later, Nasser El Khayati danced his way into the box but his tame effort was easily gathered by Smith.
However, in the eight minute – and against the run of play – the Reds took the lead.
Jorge Grant’s clever reverse pass found Brereton in the box, who squeezed a shot under Joe Lumley before the ball trickled over the line.
The R’s backline pleaded for the offside flag to be raised, but the goal was given.
Five minutes later, it was 2-0 to the visitors. Brereton drove into the box before firing a low shot past a helpless Lumley.
Buoyed by their quick double, the away side went on to dominate for the rest of the half. A loose ball from Ebere Eze nearly led to a Forest third, but Walters’ poor first touch was capitalised on by Lumley.
QPR did fashion a couple of attempts before the half-time break. El Khayati’s mazy run led to a shot from just inside the box but it was well wide, while Ryan Manning’s free header from a corner went over.
Rangers knew an early goal at the start of the second half would get them back into the game, and they began brightly.
A rampaging run from Joel Lynch set up a chance for Prohouly, but his fizzing shot went just over the crossbar. Meanwhile, Forest’s Charlie Jemson did well to block a goal-bound Dan Darbyshire effort.
At the other end, the visitors went close to getting a third when Grant chipped an attempt inches wide, and Joe Worrall headed over from six-yards out.
However, in the 58th minute, Brereton would grab goal number three – and his hat-trick. A long ball evaded the Hoops’ defence, and he fired a powerful shot into the top corner.
Forest weren’t done yet and hat-trick hero Brereton unselfishly squared to Walters for the fourth in the 74th minute.
The striker then bagged his fourth and Forest’s fifth in the 87th minute, when coolly rounding Lumley before slotting home.
QPR: Lumley, Kakay, Hamalainen, Manning (Crichlow 59), Arthur (Williams 68), Lynch, Prohouly, Akinola (Adams 68), Darbyshire, Eze, El Khayati.
Booked: Kakay, Arthur, Williams