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QPR U23s vs Coventry City U23s at Harlington

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  • 1 QPR U23s

    • Aramide Oteh
  • 1 Coventry City U23s

    • Jordan Shipley

5th November 2018 1:00 PM

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QPR UNDER-23S stretched their unbeaten run to five games but were left frustrated against Coventry City on Monday.

Paul Hall’s side looked like taking all three points when Aramide Oteh opened the scoring before half-time, but had to settle for one.

Jordan Shipley levelled the scores 16 minutes from time at Harlington, where Rangers were made to pay for a disappointing second-half display.

Rangers, who named a strong side which included the likes of Matt Ingram, Darnell Furlong, Grant Hall and Jordan Cousins, made the early running.

Cousins picked out Oteh in behind the City defence but the striker’s shot deflected just wide, before Ilias Chair forced Liam O’Brien into a fine save to tip over his drive from 25 yards.

Despite dictating possession, chances were hard to come by until late in the half. Bright Osayi-Samuel spurned one wide while Chair was denied by a last-ditch goal-line clearance.

The breakthrough eventually came, though, seven minutes before the break. Oteh burst forward before guiding his shot from 18 yards inside the far, bottom corner.

Rangers remained in the ascendancy after the re-start – twice going close through Paul Smyth. First the woodwork denied him when his shot came back off the near post, before O’Brien repelled his next effort moments later.

Coventry grew into the game as the second half wore on, though, and mustered up an equaliser 16 minutes from time. Jonny Ngandu’s lofted ball over the top sat up nicely for Shipley, who coolly lobbed Ingram inside the box for the leveller.

Rangers looked to respond but were frustrated in their attempts. Chair went closest in the final minute only to see his shot divert wide as the R’s had to settle for a point.

QPR U23: Ingram, Furlong, Kakay, Goss, Hall, Hamalainen (Rowan 72), Smyth (Tilt 62), Cousins (Owens 73), Oteh, Chair, Osayi-Samuel.

Sub (not used): Dickinson.

Goal: Oteh 38.

Images courtesy of Ian Randall.