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Emma Jolliffe

Emma Jolliffe writes

Posted Friday, September 21st 2018

Report: City U23s 4-0 QPR U23s

The young Under-23 squad earned a convincing victory against QPR on a blustery day at Failand.

A depleted squad due to injuries and loans, Luke Williams started just four regular Under-23 players with the remaining seven positions taken up by Under-18 Academy players. In contrast, QPR fielded a more experienced squad, including Cameroon international Sebastien Bassong.

Both sides were evenly matched in the first 45 minutes with City energetic from the outset; Chris Turner-Williams, Sam Pearson and Sam Bell all got into the box in the first 10 minutes but were stopped by a solid QPR defence.

The first real chance for the Hoops came in the 20th minute but Brad Webb’s solid header prevented danger. Their attacking style of play meant City keeper Alhaji Sesay was kept on his toes, but the game remained goalless at the half-time whistle.

City increased the tempo in the second half and soon found themselves on the front-foot.

Webb’s 62nd-minute screamer started the proceedings as he hit the ball sailing past QPR’s keeper with a 50-yard long, loping volley.

Then in the 81st minute, second-year scholar Vince Harper was taken down in the box and the young Robins were awarded a deserved penalty. Marcus Day stepped up to take it; his effort was deflected off QPR’s keeper but left Ricardo Rees in the perfect position to hammer the ball home for a second City goal.

In a frantic last 10 minutes, Williams’ side dominated play and Rees sunk his second goal of the day in the 86th minute. An already-impressive performance was consolidated in the dying minutes of the game; a fantastic assist from Sam Pearson left Jayden Ali to make it a very satisfactory 4-0 victory against a strong QPR side.

The Under-23s next face the Armed Forces in a friendly match on Tuesday, September 25th 12pm kick-off)( at SGS College, New Road, Bristol, BS34 8LP