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QPR U23s vs Millwall U23s at Harlington

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  • 2 QPR U23s

    • Aramide Oteh (pen)
    • Sebastien Bassong
  • 2 Millwall U23s

    • Mason Saunders-Henry (2)

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QPR UNDER-23S twice came from behind against Millwall on Monday to maintain their unbeaten start at home this season.

Aramide Oteh’s first-half penalty wasn’t enough to prevent Rangers trailing at half-time, but substitute Sebastien Bassong’s late header secured a deserved share of the spoils.

Meanwhile, Darnell Furlong enjoyed an hour at Harlington as the R’s defender stepped-up his recovery from knee surgery.

Millwall made the early running, and came close to the breakthrough inside five minutes. Lewis White’s shot whistled just past the far post, though.

It proved a warning shot for Rangers, who fell behind from the visitors’ next attack. Mason Saunders-Henry was picked out in the box before he fired beyond Marcin Brzozowski in the R’s goal.

Rangers responded well and were level 20 minutes in. Paul Smyth was brought down in the box, allowing Oteh to tuck away the resulting spot-kick.

Another penalty, this time at the other end, saw Millwall restore their lead eight minutes before half-time. After Isaac Olaofe went to ground, Saunders-Henry stepped up and beat Brzozowski for the second time.

The woodwork denied Rangers a second equaliser on the stroke of half-time, with Smyth seeing a fizzing shot crash back off the crossbar.

Hall’s troops remained in the ascendancy after the re-start, with Ilias Chair twice going close either side of the hour-mark – first forcing a fine save out of David Martin before firing over from Smyth’s pull-back.

They finally got their just reward four minutes from time. Chair provided the assist, crossing for Bassong to head home six yards out.

It could have even been better, but Niko Hamalainen headed a similar chance over at the death.

QPR U23: Brzozowski, Furlong (Bansal-McNulty 63), Kakay, Owens, Phillips (Bassong 46), Hamalainen, Smyth, Chair, Walker, Oteh, Osayi-Samuel (Dalling 46).

Sub (not used): Dickinson.

Goals: Oteh pen 20, Bassong 86.

Images courtesy of Ian Randall.