QPR Under 23s continued their fine form on Monday evening by sealing a 3-2 victory at local side Watford in Professional Development League 2 South.
Paul Hall’s men - who are now eight matches unbeaten - stormed into a resounding 3-0 lead thanks to a double from attacker Aramide Oteh and an effort from Mide Shodipo, and despite a nervy final few minutes, which saw the Hornets score two late on, the R’s held on for an important three points.
Rangers started the game brightly with Osman Kakay and Jack Clarke producing down the right-hand side, with the on-loan winger forcing the Watford defence into a last-ditched tackle.
The R’s quickly broke the deadlock on eight minutes when Oteh headed home Amrit Bansal-McNulty’s corner kick.
After taking the lead, Rangers continued to apply the pressure on the Hornets backline with Ramklide able to find space on the edge of the box but the striker was inches away from doubling his sides advantage.
Kakay was again a key attacking threat for the R’s when the Sierra Leone international forced Watford goalkeeper Myles Roberts into a fine save to keep his long-range effort out.
Rangers continued to push forward and next goalscorer Oteh produced some fine trickery down the right-hand side, before picking out Shodipo but the Irishman saw his effort flash over.
With only four minutes of the first half left, Hall’s side finally doubled their advantage through Shodipo.
Ramkilde and the young winger chased down goalkeeper Roberts, before the Hornets number one could only play the ball straight into the 22-year-old's path and he smashed home to double the R’s lead at the break.
Following half time, Oteh was again at the forefront of QPR’s attack and moments after the restart, the striker produced the moment of the game when his stunning strike left Roberts helpless as it rocketed into the top corner, making it three for the R’s.
After going behind so emphatically, Premier League club Watford knew they had to improve and experienced players Isaac Success and Domingos Quina became the main leaders of their attempted comeback.
First, Success had a penalty claim waved away by the referee and then Quina had a chance on goal, but was denied by R’s keeper Dillon Barnes.
Despite the score line, Rangers continued to press forward, with midfielders Bansal-McNulty and Faysal Bettache having efforts to seal the game once and for all. But it was the hosts who were able to pull a goal back with 15 minutes left on the clock, through Success.
With five minutes remaining Watford pulled a second back through João Pedro, teeing the game up for a nervy climax, but despite the Hornets throwing everything forward there was to be no sting in the tail and Hall’s side left Hertfordshire with all three points.
QPR Starting XI: Barnes, Kakay, Domi, Bettache, Carlyle, Gubbins, Clarke, Bansal-McNulty, Ramkilde (61 Duke-McKenna), Oteh, Shodipo.
Subs not used: Frailing, Cooper, S.Remy.
Image courtesy of: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC