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Report: Bristol City U18s 4-2 QPR U18s

City Under-18s recorded their fifth win in seven matches with a 4-2 victory over QPR on Saturday.

Trevor Challis’ side raced into a 3-0 lead inside the opening half hour and were 4-1 up early in the second period, before having to deal with a nervy ending.

Antoine Semenyo grabbed the opener by robbing a visiting defender and racing clear to score.

Soon after Zak Smith’s free kick forced an own goal as the ball was headed in by a defender under pressure from Jack Turner.

Semenyo then scored his second and City’s third with a precise header.

QPR reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time, only for City to score again within minutes of the restart.

Harry Smith produced a stunning curling effort from the edge of the box to restore City’s three-goal advantage.

That should have sealed the game, but when Rs scored again on the hour, it led to a Grandstand finish.

Although City’s youngsters were able to hold out, they came under immense pressure in the final throes of the contest.

“I’m pleased we’ve got another win but it should have felt a lot more comfortable than it did in the end,” said coach Challis.

City Under-18s: Begovic, Turner-Williams, Ali, Z.Smith (Hall), Turner, Spark, Rees, Harry Smith, V.Harper (Mortimore), Semenyo, Day (Webb).

FRIENDLIES AND CUP DRAWS

City Under-18s will play a friendly against Bath City at Twerton Park tonight, having featured in a similar practice game against Weston-super-Mare last week, winning 3-2.

Meanwhile, the FA Youth Cup draw has handed City a home tie against Birmingham City. The match will be played at Ashton Gate, with the date and kick-off time to be confirmed.

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