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QPR Game 2 2013

The 2013 QPR Game 2 at Loftus Road was held on the evening of Friday the 24th of May and it proved to be a classic example of a game of two halves. The 1st Half was dominated by the Home side, who went into the break with a solid 3 goal lead, however with Legend Wayne Fereday swapping sides and the superior fitness of the Away side telling, the 2nd half was drastically different with the Away side scoring an incredible 12 goals while not conceding at the other end! The wet conditions and failing light certainly had an impact on the Home side's ability to keep the devastating Away attack at bay, but overall there was some great attacking play on show from both sides and both sets of players will have been proud of their efforts. 

Date: Friday 24th May
Venue: Loftus Road
QPR Home vs QPR Away
Game 2
Kick off: 7:30pm
Legends: Wayne Fereday
Match Officials: Steve Worsley, Chris Evans, Peter Munt and Paul Shea

It was the Home side that got the game underway in the famous Blue and White hooped shirts and it didn’t take them long to get themselves on the scoresheet. Left Midfielder Benedict Jermain found himself through on goal but his low shot was well saved by Away Keeper Scott Keenan. However, the No 1's throw-out went straight to the Home team who sent the ball back into the box and Centre Forward Daniel Watson was brought down and the Referee immediately signalled for a penalty. Canadian regular supporter Joe Paradiso stepped forward and coolly placed the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal to give his side a early lead (1-0). Goalkeeper Scott Keenan guessed correctly and made a valiant effort to get a hand to the ball, but he couldn't keep it out.

The game was setting up to be keenly contested and the Away side created a good chance straight from kick-off. No 9 Martin Maloney playing in Captain Robert Hilsdon, whose shot was fired just wide of the left hand post. However with just 5 mins gone the Away side conceded again. A throw-in down the right side led to the Right Back Andrea Massari whipping in a great cross to the near post and No 11 Patrick Ryan got to the ball just before Goalie Scott Keenan and his well placed header found the net and doubled his side's lead (2-0). 

However the Away side responded quickly after the ball fell to Michael Pacella from a goal kick, the skilful No 10 managed to squeeze a ball through the Home defence which found the run of Captain Robert Hilsdon and the No 7 finished comfortably, his right foot shot finding the bottom left corner of the goal and reducing the deficit to 1 goal (2-1). With only 8 mins played those watching had been treated to 3 goals already!

Compared to the first 10 mins the game lacked any real chances for the following period. The best chance came for the Away side when No 15 Colin Peach played in No 10 Michael Pacella; the Midfielder's curling shot from just outside the box hammered against the crossbar and was cleared away by the Home side’s defence.

However, just mins later the Home side were on the attack again and punished the Away side for poor defending. A one-two between Benedict Jermain and Ross Maslin resulted in Jermain picking the ball up in a dangerous area of the pitch and waltzing through the Away Defence before deftly chipping the ball over Keenan and into the net (3-1). With 25 mins on the clock the Home side were 2 goals clear again.

Just 5 mins later and the Home side once again took advantage of some poor Away defending. Goalkeeper Daniel Lloyd played a long kick downfield and the Away side’s offside trap was caught out again with the ball bouncing straight through to Benedict Jermain, the No 8 proceeded to finish right footed, despite a despairing dive from Keenan in the Away goal (4-1). Jermain's 2nd of the night increasing his side's advantage to 3 goals with just 15 mins remaining in the 1st half.

After conceding that goal the Away side's Defence were still living dangerously by maintaining their high line and they were almost caught out again a min later from another goal kick. The long ball found No 9 Daniel Watson, who played in strike partner Patrick Ryan, however after trying to take it round Keeper Keenan the ball ran away from the No 11 and out of play.

With half time approaching, the Away side managed to get one back through No 9 Martin Maloney. A high ball was played over to No 2 Steve Forbes on the left wing and the experienced Football Aider showed great vision to play the ball first time through to Maloney who was running into the box, the Striker showing great composure to curl the ball round Lloyd and into the bottom right corner (4-2).

After pulling a goal back the Away side almost let their opponents respond immediately when No 16 Steve Wright's misplaced ball across the back line went straight to Patrick Ryan. However the Forward's shot was well saved by Scott Keenan.

The Away side then pulled another goal back and it was the best goal of the game so far! No 10 Michael Pacella picked the ball up in his own half and played a curling ball forward to Matt Wilcox, the Striker's cheeky back-heel caught out the Home defender and went straight to strike partner Martin Maloney, who finished comfortably under Goalkeeper Lloyd (4-3). Maloney's 2nd goal of the game reducing the deficit to just one with 40 mins gone.

This end-to-end game was to produce plenty more goals and this time it was the Home side's turn and their goal was every bit as good as the previous one scored by the Away side. A throw-in taken by No 11 Patrick Ryan down the right side landed straight at the Ross Maslin’s feet and the No 10 took two touches before unleashing a stunning curling shot from 25 yards out that looped over Keenan and into the left hand corner of the goal (5-3).

Even with half-time approaching fast the Home side still had time to win another penalty. Once again it was the No 9 Daniel Watson who won it, going down under a tackle from Centre Half Colin Peach after trying to pounce on the rebound after a shot from Patrick Ryan. This time Watson was given the responsibility of taking the penalty himself and he made no mistake, calmly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner to increase his side's lead to 3 goals with the half time whistle due to be blown anytime (6-3).

Right enough, the Referee ended the half soon after, with the score 6-3 to the Home side. It had been a topsy-turvy game so far, with the Home side racing into a big lead, only for the Away side to fight back and reduce the deficit to just one goal, before the Home side ended the half strongly to increase their lead again to 3 goals.

Half Time: QPR Home 6 - 3 QPR Away

The 2nd half didn’t take long to get started and the Away side immediately showed their intentions by starting their comeback immediately, although they had a bit of luck on their side at the same time. A ball played forward by No 10 Michael Pacella towards No 7 Robert Hilsdon looked like being cut out by Daniel Lloyd, however the normally reliable Keeper failed to collect the ball and could only watch in despair as it rolled through his legs straight to Hilsdon, who was never going to miss with an empty net in front of him (6-4).

The Away side had started the 2nd half in much the same way as the Home side had started the 1st and they grabbed another goal soon after, and this one also involved a bit of luck. A dangerous cross was played into the box from No 10 Michael Pacella and it was unluckily turned into his own net by Right Back Andrea Massari (6-5).

Just 5 mins later and the No 10 Michael Pacella was involved in another goal yet again. With the Home defence posted missing he slid a clever through ball into the box to the feet of Centre Forward Matt Wilcox, who made no mistake from close range, sliding the ball right footed past the legs of Keeper Lloyd to even the score with 15 mins gone in this 2nd half (6-6).

The Away side were on fire and shortly afterwards they scored their 4th of the half to take the lead! No 8 Terry Rickeard, pulling the strings in midfield, played it out to the wing to No 7 Robert Hilsdon who bombed into the box before side-stepping the Defender and firing a low hard drive into the back of the net for his hat-trick (6-7).

A rare attack for the Home side occurred shortly after, leaving Ross Maslin through on goal, but the No 10 was denied by a great save from Keenan and the ball went out for a corner. But their threat didn’t last long and after receiving a throw-in down the left side the Away No 7 Robert Hilsdon crossed the ball into his brother James Hilsdon who smashed the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot to make it (6-8).

Unfortunately for the Home side the Away pressure kept on mounting and when a corner was pinged back into the box the Away side struggled to clear the ball. The ball pin-balled about in front of goal before falling to James Hilsdon, who was in the right place at the right time to smash the ball home for his 2nd goal in as many mins (6-9).

With just over 10 mins remaining the Away side reached double figures. The No 9 Martin Maloney grabbing his hat-trick from close range after he followed up a rebound to score from close range (6-10). And a min later they found yet another goal! This time it came after a ball was played in from the right courtesy of No 17 James Hilsdon. The No 10 Michael Pacella controlled the ball on his chest, turned two defenders, before slotting the ball into the net left footed to increase his team's lead to (6-11).

With the Home side tiring, and the light failing, the Away side simply couldn't stop scoring and Terry Rickeard's effort was certainly a contender for goal of the game. A poor clearance from Lloyd's feet went straight to Rickeard 25 yards out and the No 8 proceeded to hit a curling left foot shot straight into the top right corner of the goal. Goalkeeper Lloyd couldn't do anything to prevent the stunning strike ending up in the net, despite getting a hand to the ball (6-12).

Straight from kick off and the Away side were sharing out the goals now, with the Centre Mid Mark Russell getting on the score sheet after being played through by No 9 Martin Maloney. Russell had made a lung-bursting run and just managed to slide in to toe-poke the ball under goalie Lloyd (6-13)

With just five mins remaining the scoreline was to get worse for the Home side. A long ball from No 16 Steve Wright into the box bounced up and hit the Home Defender Andrea Massari on the arm and the referee showed no hesitation in blowing for the third penalty kick of the game. Up stepped No 17 James Hilsdon to slot the ball comfortably home for his hat-trick (6-14).

And amazingly, from the last chance of the game the Away side managed to bag another goal. And once again it was the No 10 Pacella who was the provider for Centre Forward Martin Maloney, the No 9 smashing into the bottom corner of the net for his 4th (and his side's 15th) goal of the game (6-15)!

Immediately after the restart the Referee blew his whistle to bring to an end a memorable game. It was a truly incredible performance from the Away side, coming back from 6-3 to score 12 un-answered goals in an amazing 2nd half which the Home side will probably want to forget. The watching Rs fans had created an incredible atmosphere from start to finish, and undoubtedly the noisiest Football Aid crowd of the season were certainly rewarded with 21 goals and plenty more entertainment besides!

Full Time: QPR Home 6 - 15 QPR Away

Man of the Match Home: Daniel Watson
Man of the Match Away: Mark Russell
Moment of the Match: Terry Rickeard

Home Team: Daniel Lloyd, Andrea Massari, Wayne Fereday (1st Half), Ted Evans, Nazzareno Busti, Darren Billing, Joe Paradiso, Benedict Jermain, Daniel Watson, Ross Maslin, Patrick Ryan, Chris Elkins (C), Andrea Massari, James Evans, Mark Feehan
Home Mascot: Max Maslin

Away Team: Scott Keenan, Steve Forbes, Wayne Fereday (2nd Half), Cédric Boi, Lloyd Russell, Mark Russell , Robert Hilsdon (C), Darran Lock, Martin Maloney, Michael Pacella, Matt Wilcox, Terry Rickeard, Colin Peach, Steve Wright , James Hilsdon
Home Mascot: Jonathan Caffrey