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QPR Game 1 2017

Game 1 of 2 at Loftus road saw the Queens Park Rangers Home and Away sides provide one of the most entertaining games of the Football Aid 2017 season! A mighty 12 goals were scored, and it was R’s Legend Richard Langley and his Away side coming out very comfortable winners against another R’s Legend Marc Bircham and his Home team, winning 3-9.

Date: Monday 8th May 2017
Venue: Loftus Road
QPR (Home) vs QPR (Away)
Kick Off: 14:00 pm
Legends & Managers: Marc Bircham & Richard Langley
Match Officials: John Fearn, Peter Gibbins, Scott Ottaway and Gordon Manning

The first couple of minutes set the tone of the game, as the ball had already found the back of the net thanks to Away No 11 Ross Maslin, hitting his shot across the face of goal and the ball crept inside the far post after Away No 9 Lewis Maslin squared to ball to him from the right (0-1).

With both sides playing possession based football, it was in fact a quick incisive free kick from Home No 4 Steve Scouller in his on half on 12 mins which saw Home No 7 Matt Thompson played through on goal, only for Away No 13 Kevin Robertson to slide in and not take any of the ball, but luckily for the Away team the referee didn’t see the offence and no penalty was awarded.

Luck was on the Away team’s side again as on 15 mins, after Away captain and keeper No 1 Frank Princi almost presented the Home team with an equaliser when he was caught out playing the ball around at the back, Home captain No 9 Mark Penney almost managed to tap home from the feet of the keeper into the net, with the ball just going wide.

Another chance came for the Home team on 26 mins when Home Legend Marc Bircham floats a fantastic in-swinging cross from the left, with Home No 7 Matt Thompson driving into the box from the left and looking to get a glancing header to direct it home, but unfortunately the RM got too much on his effort and the ball went wide of the front post.

Just a minute later and despite being under pressure the Away side doubled their lead through Away No 8 Robert Green. The left mid volleying home from close range after taking up a great position to meet a cross from Away No 7 Maurizio Antognoli, who’d done brilliantly to create the space for the cross by skilfully chopping onto his right foot (0-2).

Home No 7 Matt Thompson was once again involved in a great chance for the Home team to get back into the game, this time it came on 31 mins after getting in a great position beyond Away Legend Richard Langley and being played in by Home No 10 Paul Sissons, but Thompson’s effort from inside the box was straight at the Away keeper Frank Princi and the Captain held onto the shot comfortably.

With 36mins on the clock the Home side were made to rue their chances once more, when Away No 10 Daniele Dussoni gave his side a 3-goal lead. The goal came about after an initial cross from Away No 16 Sydney Beal was cleared straight into the path of Dussoni who, from just inside the box, was able to show his class and skilfully chip the ball over the scrambling keeper (0-3).

The referee’s whistle went for half-time with the Away side enjoying a comfortable 3 goal lead. The Home team had certainly had their chances but it was the more clinical Away’s who went into the dressing rooms the happier of the two teams. It was definitely time for the Home Legend Marc Bircham to try to inspire his dispirited troops!

Half Time: QPR Home 0-3 QPR Away

The Home team certainly came roaring out of the traps at the start of the 2nd half and the outfield players of the Away team had their goalkeeper to thank early in the half as captain and No 1 Frank Princi pulled off another fantastic save from Home No 17 Jack Rae’s rocket of an effort from inside the box, a key save which maintained his side’s 3-goal cushion on 47 mins.

After surviving that scare the Away No 17 Tom Collins began what was the start of an impressive attacking onslaught by the Away team on 55 mins, scoring a tap in from less than a yard after Away No 11 Ross Maslin had time, space and a lot of the goal to aim at from driving in on goal from the right, opting to play across to Collins who had stayed onside despite protests from the Home defence (0-4).

It went from bad to worse for the Home team on 58 mins when Away No 17 Tom Collins got his brace. With the Home defence left behind and Away No 6 Darren Fox playing in the substitute who timed his run perfectly, the left mid slotted home into the bottom left corner of the net with excellent composure (0-5).

Just 10 mins after getting his first, Away No 17 Tom Collins then secured his hat-trick for the Away team on 65 mins! The super sub made no mistake from inside the box again after taking up a great position so that Away No 10 Daniele Dussoni could cut the ball back from the left byline and Collins confidently tucked away his 3rd goal of the game (0-6).

Finally the Home team got the goal their attacking play deserved, the goal coming on 68 mins thanks to Home No 17 Jack Rae. The left mid running onto a loose touch at the far post and coolly finishing into the bottom left corner, thanks to the initial cross by Home No 7 Matt Thompson who had switched wings at half time (1-6).

The goals didn’t dry up at all in the 2nd half, as the ball found the back of the net again for the Home side again through Home No 14 Alex Rae, getting on the end of a great cross by Home No 7 Matt Thompson from the left to give the Home team a growing belief once again (2-6).

There was the scent of an incredible comeback in the air when Home No 17 Jack Rae got his 2nd and his side’s 3rd goal after an unfortunate mistake between the Away keeper and defender, and whilst the keeper suffered an injury, Jack Rae intercepted and placed his effort into an empty net from outside the box on 79 mins, putting his side on track for what would be one of the biggest comebacks in Football Aid history (3-6)!

The hope and belief of an almighty comeback was fairly short lived however, as free-scoring Away No 17 Tom Collins got his 4th of the game on 86 mins! Fortune was in his favour after a clearance from the on-rushing Home keeper hit Collins who ran onto the ball to tap home a painful but important goal to seal the game for his impressive Away side (3-7).

Rather than relaxing and seeing out the game, the Away side incredibly still had goals in them, and on 88 mins Away No 14 Asa McKenzie scored a beautiful chipped and looped effort from outside the box! The joy of the occasion saw the midfielder celebrate in style as the shirt came off and to his amusement, the yellow card booking came out (3-8)!

In the final minute of the game, the Away No 17 Tom Collins was once again played through beyond the tiring Home defence, and with plenty of time and space in the 1 v 1 situation; he waited for the right moment to finish into the right corner with ease and composure. The goal was the 5th of the game for the clinical left mid and it capped off an impressive personal performance from the left mid (3-9).

The referee unfortunately had to draw an end to a game that had been such fantastic entertainment for the R’s fans in the stands. Both teams had performed magnificently throughout and with so many goals flying in the fans had certainly got their monies worth!

Huge thanks to QPR FC and QPR in the Community Trust for their fantastic support,  partnering with Football Aid to host a truly spectacular first game of two, and special thanks also to the R’s playing Legends Marc Bircham and Richard Langley.

Full Time: QPR Home 3 - 9 QPR Away

Man of the Match Home: No.7 Matt Thompson
Man of the Match Away: No.1 Frank Princi
Moment of the Match: No.10 Daniele Dussoni

Home Team: Mustapha Pour Dara, Jamie Lloyd, Marc Bircham, Steven Scouller, Jack Slaughter, James Fisher, Matt Thompson, Gary Durkin, Mark Penney (C), Paul Sissons, Rhys Bibb, Alex Rae, Adrian Simion, Keith Wood, Jack Rae
Home Mascot: Finlay Wood

Away Team: Frank Princi (C), Joe Piggin, Richard Langley, Tommy Walsh, Kevin Robertson, Darren Fox, Maurizio Antognoli, Robert Green, Lewis Maslin
Daniele Dussoni, Ross Maslin, Asa McKenzie, Robert Peckham, Sydney Beal, Tom Collins,
Away Mascot: Max Maslin

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"Thank you, thank you, and thank you!! What an amazing time we had at QPR for the charity football match on Monday.

I drove up with 3 teenage boys, to be honest thinking I would be bored and discovered an amazing group of people who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Rhys had not done much training and I was paranoid that he would either collapse or be stretchered off (it's a Mum thing)!!!! He managed the whole 90 minutes. As supporters, I and the other 2 lads really got behind the team (blue) and I am sure our voices could be heard all the time!

The gentleman who was overseeing us on the stand was so lovely, he joined in the banter and added to our enjoyment.

Despite not being able to walk for the next 2 days, Rhys is keen to do it all again next year - and so am I! Thank you Football Aid for the experience and the passion you guys clearly have."
Joan Bibb - Mother of Rhys Bibb - G1 Home Team No.11

"1st Football Aid event and won’t be the last, exceptional setup."
Steven Scouller - G1 Home Team No.4

Match Report written by Sam Bettany (@bettany_sam)