Rangers suffer defeat at Harlington
IT was a disappointing afternoon for QPR Under-23s at Harlington on Monday.
Three first-half goals did the damage for Paul Hall’s youngsters, as Crystal Palace came away with all three points.
Rangers began the brightest, with Aramide Oteh twice going close in the opening stages. The R’s striker was first denied by a goal-line clearance from defender Tyler Brown after beating goalkeeper Dion Henry to a high ball, before Henry acrobatically kept out Oteh’s back-post header from the resulting corner.
Despite starting well, Rangers fell behind against the early run of play.
Jason Lokilo turned home a cross at the far post to open the scoring on 17 minutes with Palace’s first effort on goal, before the same player struck again soon after. A through ball released Lokilo, who poked the ball beyond Martin Herdman between the sticks.
Worse followed on the half-hour mark. Another quick break ended with Nya Kirby’s cross being palmed into the path of Sullay Kaikai, who had the simplest of finishes two yards out.
Rangers rallied late in the half but Henry was equal to Charlie Owen’s well-struck volley as Palace preserved their three-goal advantage.
Hall’s side resumed their search for a way back after the interval, but continued to be frustrated.
Oteh again had a clear sight of goal but was denied by another goal-line clearance from point-blank range.
At the other end, Rangers had Herdman to thank for making a couple of saves and restricting the margin of defeat to just three.
Owens came close to a late consolation but the midfielder’s 20-yard effort crashed back off the post to sum up a frustrating day for the young R’s.
QPR U23: Herdman, Kakay, Fox, Wallen (Eshun 78), Paul, Phillips, Smyth, Owens, Oteh, Tilt (Rowe 67), Shodipo (Darbyshire 67).
Sub (not used): Hudnott.
Images courtesy of Ian Randall.