- QPR Under-21s run out 3-1 winners at Bristol City
- Jordan Gibbons opens the scoring with 20-yard stunner
- Sandro sent off for Steve Gallen's side late on
Jordan Gibbons’ stunning 20-yard strike handed Rangers the half-time advantage before doubling their lead through a trialist after the re-start.
The Robins halved the deficit against the run of play but substitute Niko Hamalainen restored the R’s two-goal advantage to secure all three points for Steve Gallen’s side.
The only blemish on an otherwise successful afternoon came in stoppage-time when Sandro – one of two senior pros involved alongside Junior Hoilett – saw red for violent conduct.
Fresh from Thursday’s 2-0 win at Colchester United, Gallen’s youngsters continued where they left off – taking less than 15 minutes to make the breakthrough. Gibbons was the provider, letting fly from the edge of the box to find the top corner in stunning fashion.
Despite controlling proceedings, Rangers had to wait until midway through the second period to double their lead. Substitute Brandon Adams squared the ball for one of two R’s trialists on the day, who made no mistake with a cool finish inside the area.
The Robins threatened an unlikely comeback when Shaquille Hunter pulled a goal back, but another R’s substitute rubber-stamped victory just six minutes later. Hamalainen strode forward before beating the City goalkeeper with a fierce low drive.
City’s number one prevented Rangers from adding to their tally late on, twice denying Osman Kakay after evading the Robins backline.
Rangers would end the afternoon a man light, though, after Sandro’s reaction to a late challenge culminated in his dismissal.
QPR: Lumley, Gibbons (Arthur 80), Kakay, Sendles-White, Donaldson, Shodipo, Sandro, Trialist, Hoilett, Mulraney (Adams 46) (Hamalainen 69), Trialist.
Subs (not used): Lennox.
Goals: Gibbons 13, Trialist 68, Hamalainen 78.
Sent off: Sandro 90.
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