Colchester United's U23s have lost 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers
Just two days after their successful trip to South Wales where they beat Swansea City 1-0 in the Premiership League Cup, the U’s were on their travels again to West London to face Queens Park Rangers.
It wasn’t to be a very successful journey, with the 2-0 defeat keeping them bottom of the PDL2 table. It was a strong Rangers team though, as the hosts had several first team players in their squad and featured former U’s keeper Dillon Barnes.
The R’s began the match well and went close to taking the lead as Jan Mlakar nearly got on the end of Olamide Shadipo’s cross on three minutes and Deshane Dalling then headed just wide.
The U’s responded well though and Michael Fernandes effort on the break was deflected wide of the target.
After the fast start, things quietened for a while, but then Rangers took the lead as after some superb work by Ilias Chair.
He set up the opening for Jan Mlaker, who cleverly clipped the ball over keeper Callum Coulter on twenty one minutes.
The home side went close to scoring a second but Coulter made a good save from a Mlakar header on twenty five minutes.
The visitors were still creating chances though, mainly on the break, and QPR defender Nathan Carlyle did really well to halt the run of Dean Ager as he got into the penalty box.
Three minutes later, Callum Anderson got in behind the R’s defence but miscued his attempt wide. The U’s were certainly well in the game as after keeper Barnes saved well from Ager, the rebound effort by Diogo Freitas-Giouveia came back off the post.
Rangers really should have scored a second goal but Dalling somehow then skied the ball over the bar from just a few yards out.
Soon after the interval, Matt Smith fired in a shot from twenty five yards out which flew just wide and there was a yellow card for U’s defender Billy Cracknell after a pull on Chair.
A great ball by Smith split the away defence to set up the chance for Dalling, who went wide of keeper Coulter but from a tight angle, hit the post.
Rangers went close as Dalling created the opening for Shadipo, but his shot was blocked at close range.
The good work in the second half by Rangers was eventually rewarded with another goal as Matt Smith squeezed his effort in from close range on seventy six minutes.
That was the final score, and it couldn’t be argued that the hosts deserved the three points.