QPR UNDER-23S extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a six-goal thriller at league leaders Ipswich Town on Monday.
Paul Hall’s side were on course to take maximum points from Playford Road, where second-half goals from Sean Goss, Aramide Oteh and Paul Smyth fired Rangers into a 3-1 lead.
They were denied maximum points, though, as two late goals saw Ipswich battle back for a share of the spoils.
Rangers began brightly in Suffolk and twice went close early on through Ilias Chair and Goss, only to both be kept out by Town goalkeeper Harry Wright.
At the other end, the woodwork denied Ipswich on the half-hour mark. Danny Rowe was left frustrated after his effort came back off a post.
Despite an entertaining first 45 minutes, the sides went in goalless at the break – although that didn’t last long after the re-start!
It took Rangers less than five minutes to make the breakthrough. Goss was the man to provide it, bursting clear before finishing high into the net.
It was soon 2-0 after Smyth was upended in the box. Oteh took responsibility from the spot and made no mistake from 12 yards to double the R’s lead.
The lead was instantly cut to one courtesy of an own goal from Osman Kakay but soon restored to two when Smyth got on the scoresheet himself with a fine finish into the top corner.
However, once again Ipswich replied in quick fashion. Teddy Bishop found the net before the same player completed the comeback for Town with a second 14 minutes from time.
Both sides created chances to win it at the death but ultimately had to settle for a point apiece.
QPR U23: Brzozowski (White 83), Kakay, Hamalainen, Goss, Phillips, Rowan, Smyth, Owens, Walker (Dalling 37), Chair, Oteh.
Subs (not used): Bansal-McNulty, Wells.
Goals: Goss 49, Oteh 56 pen, Smyth 65.