QPR U23s v Colchester United U23s - Professional Development League Two South - Friday, 10th November 2017 - Loftus Road
QPR’s table-topping Under-23s suffered a surprise defeat to Colchester United on Friday.
Reece Grego-Cox gave Rangers the perfect start at Harlington, but it was to be the visitors’ day as United came from behind to run out comprehensive winners.
The young R’s began brightly, and could have been in front inside 90 seconds. Grego-Cox burst clear only to be denied by U’s goalkeeper Daniel Wilks.
Grego-Cox didn’t have long to wait for another chance, though. After Wilks could only parry an effort from Dan Darbyshire into his path, Grego-Cox made no mistake with the rebound.
It was almost two on 10 minutes but Wilks stood firm to keep out Chay Tilt at his near post.
At the other end, Colchester were given the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded their first of two penalties. But after Tariq Issa was tripped in the box, he saw his penalty easily saved by Martin Herdman.
However, they would level 10 minutes before the break when Rangers were penalised once again in the box. Herdman saved again, this time keeping out William Wright’s spot-kick, only to see the loose ball bundled into the net.
Worse was to follow as Colchester edged ahead five minutes later. Tarryn Allaraghia cooly rounded Herdman before netting from a tight angle.
Both sides spurned chances early in the second half. Louis Dunne blazed over for the visitors, while R’s substitute Kingsley Eshun couldn’t get the better of Wilks after beating the offside trap.
Three goals in the space of seven minutes, however, put the game to bed.
Issa made up for his earlier penalty miss by squeezing home United’s third, before Eoin McKeown and Courtney Senior added their names to the scoresheet in quick succession to seal victory.
QPR U23: Herdman, Akinola (Chaney 67), Genovesi (Cardoso 74), Wallen, Christie, Fox, Tilt, Stylianides, Grego-Cox (Eshun 52), Rowe, Darbyshire.
Sub (not used): Dickinson.
Goal: Grego-Cox 6.