Young R's perfect start ends in Sheffield
QPR UNDER-23’S perfect start to the season ended with defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.
Paul Hall’s youthful side – looking for a fifth successive league win – started brightly, but found themselves 2-0 down at the break.
Dan Darbyshire’s reply early in the second half gave Rangers hope, but that was shortlived as two goals in three minutes quickly put the result beyond doubt.
The R’s made the early running at Middlewood, and almost went ahead when Darbyshire headed a golden chance over.
Rangers were made to pay instantly as the Owls opened the scoring seconds later against the run of play. Warren Clarke’s header found the top right-hand corner, giving Seny Dieng no chance.
Dieng was in the thick of things midway through the first period – harshly adjudged to have brought down Jordan Lonchar in the box. He almost made amends but couldn’t quite keep out the resulting penalty despite getting a hand to Matt Penney’s spot-kick.
Rangers responded well but couldn’t find a way through as Axel Prohouly saw a shot deflect just wide before the break.
They made the perfect start to the second half, though. Chay Tilt picked out Darbyshire, who made no mistake this time to halve the deficit.
No sooner had Rangers pulled a goal back, though, they were two behind again.
Warren Fox restored the Owls’ cushion before following it up with his second goal and Wednesday’s fourth on 56 minutes to all but seal victory.
Rangers came close to a consolation when substitute Romeo Akinola saw a free-kick saved late on, but it wasn’t to be.
QPR U23s: Dieng, Kakay, Fox, Wallen, Paul, Phillips, Tilt, Owens, Darbyshire, Rowe, Prohouly.
Subs: Akinola, Bowman, Stylianides, Alfa.
Goal: Darbyshire 52.