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U21s report: QPR 1 Charlton 0

Posted: Mon 23 Sep 2013
Author: Iain Liddle
Dillon Phillips

Dillon Phillips

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Charlton’s U21 side suffered last-minute disappointment on Monday afternoon as they went down at Queens Park Rangers

Iain Liddle reports

Charlton’s U21 side suffered last-minute disappointment on Monday afternoon as they went down at Queens Park Rangers.

The Addicks, defending national champions at category two level, went to West London in search of their first win of the season and fielded a strong side which included Cameron Stewart, Callum Harriott and Mark Gower.

Despite dominating large parts of the second half, a breakthough was not forthcoming and Jason Euell’s side paid the price in the closing seconds.

Michael Petrasso launched a solo run towards the Charlton goal before toe-poking an effort past goalkeeper Dillon Phillips to earn the Rs three points.

QPR also fielded a strong side at their Harlington training base and included Croatia international Niko Kranjcar and Ale Faurlin among their starting line-up.

Kranjcar, who made his first-team debut on Saturday, almost had an immediate impact but his free-kick saved by Phillips early on as Rangers began the game well.

The young Charlton stopper had to be alert again soon afterwards to deny Tom Hitchcock and Faurlin.

The visitors finally began to play their football around halfway through the first period when Tobi Sho-Silva shot over, before young Rs stopper Aaron Lennox did well to repel an effort from Harriott.

Sho-Silva saw another effort flash wide of goal before the Addicks ended the first period strongly with Stewart cutting inside and firing over from an acute angle.

Charlton continued to press after the restart with Lennox denying Stewart before captain for the day Kevin Feely saw  headed effort rebound off the woodwork.

Ade Azeez was the next to test Lennox and the goalkeeper was again up to the task by smothering an effort, before, after 87 minutes, the chance of the game fell to the frontman whose close-range header was turned away by the stopper.

Encouraged by Euell, the Charlton youngsters showed determination to continue attacking in number until the last, however the missed chances caught up with them then Petrasso’s moment of magic settled proceedings.

Charlton: Phillips; Osborne, Evina (Fox 67), Feely, Lennon; Stewart (Cousins 71), Poyet, Gower (Jordan 63), Harriott; Azeez, Sho-Silva.

Subs (not used): Pope, Munns.