Young R's beaten at Loftus Road
QPR’s Under-23s were left to rue a host of missed chances as they were beaten 2-1 by Ipswich in the Professional Development League at Loftus Road.
Paul Hall’s side dominated the majority of the game but were undone by goals from Monty Patterson and an outrageous effort from Ben Folami. Aramide Oteh replied late on for the R’s but it was Ipswich who took home the three points.
After a quiet opening 15 minutes, Rangers created the first opportunity of the half when Paul Smyth squared his opponent up on the right wing before drilling a low shot cross which was well saved by Michael Crowe.
A couple minutes later Romeo Akinola found space for himself inside the box but his shot was deflected and meant it ended up being a comfortable save for Crowe.
The R’s were now beginning to enjoy themselves and nearly took the lead after a free flowing move, which saw the ball find its way to Michael Petrasso on the right wing who accurately picked out Smyth inside the box but his first time shot went just over the bar.
The Canadian, who was playing as a right back, went close in the 25th minute when his fierce drive drew another good save from Crowe.
Rangers were now in total control of the match and had another opportunity in the 33rd minute when Niko Hamalainen went on a mazy run through the middle of the field. He picked out an incisive pass to Aramide Oteh but the forward hesitated inside the box which allowed the defender to get back and clear.
Then on the 37th minute, totally against the run of play, Ipswich took the lead. A clever reverse pass from their skipper Shane McLoughlin found Monty Patterson and he sharply turned inside the box before calmly finishing into the bottom corner with what was Ipswich’s first shot of the match.
The goal seemed to rattle the Hoops and give the visitors more confidence. They had other opportunities to attack just before the break but couldn’t find the correct final ball.
In the second period the R’s thought they had equalised on the 54th minute when Kazenga LuaLua’s floated ball was headed in by Oteh, but the linesman had flagged for an offside.
Then just after the hour mark a special goal from Town’s Ben Folami doubled their lead. The forward picked up a loose ball from inside his half and noticed Seny Dieng off his line. He then hit a remarkable loopy effort from sixty yards out that deceived the Swiss keeper to make it 2-0.
The R’s continued to dominate the game in terms of possession but the Ipswich defence was becoming more resilient.
On the 72nd minute Rangers almost halved the deficit when Oteh combined well with Hamalainen but his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
Sean Goss and Oteh both went close with long range efforts before substitute Olamide Shodipo created the best chance of the game for Oteh but he headed over from six yards.
In the 90th minute Oteh finally got what he deserved from the game when he capitalised on an error from Mcloughlin and fired in at the near post.
But Rangers couldn’t force through an equaliser and fell to only their second league defeat of the season.
QPR U23s: Dieng, Petrasso (Shodipo 59), Caulker, Paul, Hamalainen, Smyth (Tilt 66), Stylianides, Goss, LuaLua, Akinola (Darbyshire 60), Oteh.
Subs not used: Herdman.
Goals: Oteh 90