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U21S PRE-SEASON REPORT: HENDON 4, QPR 3

  • Paul Hall's Under-21 side lose 4-3 in pre-season friendly at Hendon
  • Axel Prohouly, Tyler Blackwood and Olamide Shodipo on target
  • Youngsters head to Wealdstone on Saturday

QPR UNDER-21’S succumbed to a 4-3 defeat in a thrilling pre-season fixture against Hendon tonight.


Paul Hall’s side lost by the odd goal in seven at the Earlsmead Stadium, on a night when Hendon gaffer Gary McCann celebrated his 10 year testimonial.


After McCann himself kicked off proceedings, it was the visitors who created the first real chance of note when Aaron Mitchell's left footed drive flew narrowly wide.

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COMLEY: Brandon Comley started in midfield for Paul Hall's youngsters

Despite the R's decent start, it was hosts Hendon who opened the scoring in the 17th minute courtesy of Andre De Costa. 


The midfielder's curling 25-yard free-kick gave the Trialist goalkeeper in the QPR goal little chance, as the ball nestled in the back of the net. 


Undeterred, Rangers responded positively, with Reece Grego-Cox shooting wide from the edge of the box.


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BATTLE: R's winger Axel Prohouly tussles for possesion against Hendon

But the R's didn't have to wait long to draw level, with Axel Prohouly finishing well from 18-yards after Michael Petrasso's initial effort was only palmed out by Joe Wright. 


Rangers were dealt a blow just before the break when Petrasso was forced off with an injury, replaced by Olamide Shodipo.  


Despite a plethora of changes to Paul Hall's side at the break, the second half sprang into action from the outset. 


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GOAL: Substitute Tyler Blackwood headed Rangers ahead moments after arriving

After De Costa struck the woodwork with another fine free-kick and Osman Kakay went close at the other end, Rangers took a 50th minute lead. 


Substitute Ben Pattie crossed into the six-yard box and Tyler Blackwood, who was only introduced at the break, applied the easiest of close-range headers. 


But the R's advantage lasted just five minutes, with Mahrez Bettache finishing from 12-yards to equalise. 


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SUBSTITUTES: Strike partners Ben Pattie and Tyler Blackwood celebrate the R's second goal

And it was McCann's men who grabbed the fifth goal of the game midway through the second period, with Sam Murphy curling a stunning finish into the top corner. 


In a topsy-turvy finale that ebbed and flowed superbly, it was the R's who drew level next, with Shodipo making it 3-3. 


But it was Hendon who had the final say with five minutes remaining, as Elliott Brathwaite headed home to clinch a 4-3 win for McCann's side. 


QPR: Trialist; Kakay, Haran, Hamalainen, Manning; Mitchell, Comley; Petrasso, Corkery, Prohouly; Grego-Cox.


Subs: Todd, Blackwood, Pattie, Butler, O'Sullivan, Shodipo, Komodikis.

Images courtesy of Refuel Performance Management.


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