Table-topping R's cruise to victory
QPR UNDER-23S strengthened their position at the top of the table with victory over Cardiff City on Monday.
First-half goals from Aramide Oteh and Olamide Shodipo (penalty) did the damage as Paul Hall’s youngsters cruised home at Harlington.
Rangers started on the front foot, and fashioned a first chance inside three minutes. Ilias Chair connected well inside the box but saw his half volley well tipped around the post by Ollie Byrne.
Cardiff had Byrne to thank again from the R’s next effort – this time pushing over Niko Hamalainen’s header.
He was beaten shortly after, though, as Rangers made their early dominance pay. Giles Phillips’ header from Chair’s corner was helped on its way in by Oteh four yards out.
It wasn’t long before they had a second. After Olamide Shodipo was tripped in the box, the same player stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty with ease.
Kazenga LuaLua almost added a third before half-time but his curling effort whistled just past the far upright.
The two-goal cushion saw Rangers remain in control after the re-start, although clear-cut chances were few and far between.
At the other end, the woodwork came to the R’s rescue as substitute James Waite saw a free-kick crash back off the post.
Hamalainen and LuaLua both went close late on but it finished 2-0 as Rangers ran out comfortable winners.
QPR U23: Herdman, Kakay, Genovesi, Borysiuk, Phillips, Hamalainen, LuaLua, Owens, Oteh (Darbyshire 70), Chair (Stylianides 75), Shodipo (Tilt 70).
Sub (not used): Brzozowski.
Goals: Oteh 15, Shodipo 34 pen.