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U21S: QPR 1, IPSWICH TOWN 1

  • QPR Under-21s draw 1-1 with Ipswich Town at Harlington
  • Reece Grego-Cox fired Rangers ahead from the penalty spot
  • Steve Gallen's side denied victory by Victor Guldbrandsen's 94th-minute equaliser
IPSWICH Town’s last-gasp leveller denied QPR Under-21s a third successive win at Harlington on Monday.

Reece Grego-Cox’s second-half penalty was seconds away from securing Steve Gallen's side all three points, only for the R’s resistance to be broken in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Experienced goalkeeper Dean Gerken was Town’s hero at the other end, denying Rangers on countless occasions before Victor Guldbrandsen struck late on.

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Chance: Jake Mulraney tees-up team-mate Reece Grego-Cox inside the box

Rangers, who welcomed Cole Kpekawa and Grego-Cox back into the starting XI following their return from Dubai, were on the backfoot early on. Kyle Hammond almost opened the scoring but Aaron Lennox blocked his shot after jinking his way through the R’s rearguard.

Coll Donaldson provided the R’s first effort. The defender rose highest from Brandon Comley’s corner only to see his header kept out by Gerken, who dived to his left to palm the ball away.

Gerken was called upon moments later to deny Grego-Cox, before coming to Town’s rescue again by beating away Nathan Corkery’s volley following good work by Olamide Shodipo down the R’s right.

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Corner: Ipswich Town goalkeeper Dean Gerken clears another set-piece

There was still time in the half for Gerken to smother another Donaldson effort, while Monty Patterson’s blazed over the visitors only other opening of the half five minutes before the break.

Rangers’ frustrations grew after the re-start, as Comley’s 25-yard strike was well held by Gerken.

The R’s finally found the breakthrough on 54 minutes as Grego-Cox’s persistence was rewarded in the box. The striker was eventually hauled over, before picking himself up to send Gerken the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

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Winger: Olamide Shodipo provided a constant threat down the R's right flank

They almost had a second when Jake Mulraney’s pull-back found Shodipo at the back post, but his low strike was somehow repelled by Gerken from point-blank range.

Frankie Sutherland – one of three substitutes on the hour-mark – also curled a free-kick just over, but clear-cut chances thereafter proved few and far between until the dying embers.

Gerken got his body in the way of Tyler Blackwood’s knock-down while Shodipo saw a header cleared off the line in the final minute.

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Frustration: Cole Kpekawa looks on as his cross whistles past the far post

The R’s failure to find a second goal would ultimately cost them at the death. A rare Ipswich attack ended with Guldbrandsen sending a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards to snatch a point with virtually the last action of the game.

QPR: Lennox, Kakay, Kpekawa (Haran 61), Comley, Sendles-White, Donaldson, Shodipo, Hamalainen, Grego-Cox (Blackwood 61), Corkery, Mulraney (Sutherland 61).

Subs (not used): Lumley.

Goal: Grego-Cox 54 pen.

Booked: Shodipo 67, Sendles-White 88.

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