QPR UNDER-23S lost 4-1 to Bristol City at Harlington on Monday.
Two goals in either half including a hat-trick from Ricardo Rees saw the visitors run out comprehensive winners in west London.
Olamide Shodipo provided a late consolation for Rangers, pulling one back late on from the penalty spot.
Paul Hall’s side fell behind early at a rain-soaked Harlington. Myles Bowman blocked well to deny Antoine Semenyo, but couldn’t quite keep out Rees who squeezed the rebound beyond Bowman and two defenders on the line.
Rangers recovered well, with the pace of Shodipo down the R’s left posing a constant threat, but they found clear-cut chances hard to come by.
At the other end, they were lucky not to concede a second when Semenyo could only fire wide of the near post from a swift counter-attack. Likewise six minutes before the break – Tom Richards this time guilty of missing the target from six yards.
A second goal seemed certain a minute before the break, but for a miraculous goal-line clearance from Ben Wells.
The danger wasn’t over, though, as City doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Sam Pearson’s long-range strike took a wicked deflection, wrong-footing Bowman and ending up in the bottom corner.
Rangers looked for a reply after the re-start and came close 10 minutes in. Shodipo teed-up Chay Tilt, but his low effort was pushed behind by Will Buse in the City goal.
Seconds later, though, and they were further behind. A through ball released Rees, who coolly slotted beyond Bowman for his second and City’s third.
Three became four after Charlie Fox was penalised for handling in the area. Bowman denied Tom Richards from the spot, but the goalkeeper's luck was out as Rees bundled home the rebound.
Rangers did at least manage a consolation courtesy of a penalty of their own late on. Second-half substitute Aiden Mesias was hauled down in the area, allowing Shodipo to net from the spot.
They would have had a second too but for Buse, who kept out Mickel Platt’s well-struck volley with the final action of the afternoon.
QPR U23: Bowman, Felix, Genovesi, Wells (Mesias 64), Kefalas (Gubbins 62), Fox, Tilt, Owens, Walker (Platt 46), Garton, Shodipo.
Sub (not used): Brzozowski.
Goal: Shodipo 85 pen.