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QPR Game 2 2015

Our 2nd game of the day at Loftus Road was certainly a cracker. The Away team came roaring out the blocks to build up a commanding 1-3 lead at half-time, however a great 2nd half performance from the Home side earned them an impressive 6-4 win. The watching R’s fans were served up a fantastic end to end match and it was a great way to finish another hugely successful day at QPR’s Loftus Road.

Date: Wednesday 20th May 2015
Venue: Loftus Road
QPR (Home) vs QPR (Away)
Game 2
Kick Off: 18:00 pm
Legends/Managers: Andy Sinton, Wayne Fereday & Rufus Brevett
Match Officials: Thomas McCourt, Fabien Le Houezec & David Joseph

The sun was still shining when the 2nd game of the day kicked off at Loftus Road, and the QPR fans were in for a treat with no less than 3 x R’s Legends set to play alongside them on the hallowed turf. The line up was Andy Sinton vs Wayne Fereday and Rufus Brevett and it was Brevett’s Away team in Red and Black who got proceedings underway, shooting from right to left.

The ex-pros were keeping the game tight and chances were at a premium in the opening stages of the game. Away winger Ross Maslin was 1st to threaten when Mark Penney found him in space on the right side of the area, however the No 7 fired his shot just wide of the far post. From the goal-kick Away No 17 James Hatfield collected the ball and fired an excellent effort goalwards, the shot beat GK Matthew Lewis and crashed off the bar, however No 11 Tarek Bibi was in the right place at the right time to collect the ball and smash it into the far corner of the net (0-1). 10mins into the game and the Away team were ahead. 

The same player raced onto a clearance from defence soon after and looked destined to double his tally, however his attempt at a chip ended up just wide of the goal. Chances were coming at both ends now, however both keepers were in excellent form and they denied their opposition attackers on more than one occasion during this period.

Andy Sinton was looking as dangerous as ever, and the classy winger came close on 25mins with a powerful shot from the edge of the area. Back came the Away team and when Mark Penney raced onto a through ball and into the area, he looked as though he was destined to double his side’s lead, however Matthew Lewis raced out of his area to save with his feet. Penney was denied again soon afterwards when Lewis made an excellent save from his attempted chip. Mins later Lewis came to the rescue again, when his fantastic finger-tip save denied the dangerous winger Ross Maslin.   

The Away team’s pressure eventually told on 39mins and it was an early contender for Goal of the Season! The Away No 10 Hadley Silver received a pass from Legend Wayne Fereday inside his own half and ghosted past a defender, he continued his run to the left side of the box and seeing the keeper off his line he chipped a wonderful shot from 20 yards which sailed over the Lewis and into the far corner of the net (0-2). What a goal!

The Home team were determined to respond and that’s just what they did! Straight from the kick-off Andy Sinton played a clever one two with Striker Daniel Watson, and he brilliantly made space for a shot and proceeded to slam a left foot shot past Away keeper Rob Kent from the edge of the area (1-2). With 40mins on the clock the Home team were right back in the game.

The Away team were having none of it though and the lively No 9 Mark Penney got the goal his attacking efforts deserved on 44mins. No 16 Benjamin Mercer created the chance with a defence splitting through ball and Penney did brilliantly to race onto the pass and side foot the ball past the advancing Matthew Lewis, just inside the far post (1-3). 

The ref’s whistle went soon afterwards with the Away team on top. In the changing rooms Manager Andy Sinton was still confident his side could still win the game and urged them to keep things tight at the back and get closer to the Away’s play maker No 10 Hadley Silver. In the Away dressing room Rufus Brevett was understandably pleased with his troops and encouraged them to keep playing the way they had been throughout the 1st half. 

Half Time: QPR (Home) 1 - 3 QPR (Away)

The stadium was still bathed in glorious sunshine when the 2nd half kicked off and the Home team set about their task with relish, attacking from the off.

The introduction of the Freeman family trio of Dennis, Paul and Joe seemed to have given the team in Blue and White Hoops a real boost and a quick break involving sons Joe and Dennis won a free-kick on the edge of the area on 47mins. Legend Andy Sinton stepped up to take it and curled a sweet shot into the far corner of the net (2-3).

The Home team were right back in the game now and with Legends Fereday and Sinton driving them forwards, they pressed for the equaliser. Tom Holder was next to try his luck after a clearance from the Away defence, however his volley from the edge of the box was just wide. Back came the Away team and a combination between Bibi and Hatfield allowed the No 17 space for a shot, however the Home GK Matthew Lewis did brilliantly to beat the ball away at his near post.

The Home team pressed again and when Joe Freeman was dispossessed in the area after a great run, the ball fell to William Lewis, however he couldn’t get his effort on target. Freeman created another chance for Home Captain Dean Bowey soon afterwards, but Away GK Rob Kent stood up well and parried the ball away. The Home team weren’t to be denied though and Bowey chased down the rebound and fed Dennis Freeman wide on the left, the No 15 curled in a cross which was brilliantly headed back by Daniel Lloyd to Paul Gerada, who bulleted a header into the net from 8 yards out. With 64mins gone the sides were all square (3-3)!

Back came the Away team, and a lightning break involving Silver and Hatfield created a chance for their striker Mark Penney, however the offside flag denied their Captain the opportunity to get his side back in front. It was real end to end stuff now and a Rufus Brevett shot was charged down in the area when it looked like flying in.

The Home team came right back though and William Lewis was extremely unfortunate to see his excellent shot from outside the area crash off the crossbar and away to safety. The Home team didn’t have to wait long for their goal though, with 70mins on the clock Andy Sinton picked up the ball in his own half and fed the lively Joe Freeman racing forwards, the No 17 played in Daniel Lloyd on the left side of the area and the No 10 expertly lifted his left foot shot over the diving keeper and into the net (4-3).

The Away team’s Hadley Silver was still a real threat and moments later he fired a fantastic effort goalwards, however much to the Home keeper’s relief the ball shaved the top of the crossbar. Back came the Home team, however their No 6 William Lewis was denied by a fantastic stop from Rob Kent. The goal was coming though and on 74mins Dean Bowey cut inside and played an excellent defence splitting pass for Joe Freeman to run onto, the lively left midfielder sped into the box and twisted and turned away from defender Paul Jaggers before firing his shot into the right hand corner of the net (5-3).

The Away side were far from out of it though and the lively James Hatfield was unfortunate to see his left foot effort fly just past the near post. The same player looked destined to score mins later when he was played in by Rufus Brevett, however his low effort was brilliantly saved by the feet of the Home keeper Matthew Lewis.
Back down the other end and Home Captain Bowey found himself one on one with Rob Kent, however the keeper stood up well to his shot and beat the effort away. Dean Bowey was extremely eager to get the goal his excellent all round played deserved and he finally got his reward on 85mins. Andy Sinton was again instrumental, finding Bowey with a clever pass on the right side of the area and the No 11 expertly cut inside before deceiving the keeper with a clever left foot finish just into the near post (6-3).

The shell-shocked Away team were struggling to work out how the game had got away from them and were desperate to get something out of match in the remaining few mins left. The classy Hadley Silver collected a pass from Brevett and fired in a left foot effort, however Man of the Match Matthew Lewis stuck out his right hand and somehow clawed the ball away for a corner. With the 90th minute approaching Away Legend Rufus Brevett stepped up to take the corner and swung it into the danger area, Away defender Paul Jaggers timed his run perfectly and bundled the ball home from a couple of yards (6-4).   

It was the final action of the game and referee’s whistle brought proceedings to an end moments later. It had been the proverbial game of two halves, with the Home side’s fantastic 2nd half comeback earning them a famous win. However the Away team had played their part in a great encounter and could certainly be proud of their efforts.

Full Time: QPR (Home) 6 - 4 QPR (Away)

Man of the Match (Home): Matthew Lewis
Man of the Match (Away): Hadley Silver
Moment of the Match: Dean Bowey

Home Team: Matthew Lewis, Paul Szumilewicz, Andy Sinton/Wayne Fereday, Paul Gerada, Christopher Corpuz, William Lewis, Joe Paradiso, Christopher Elkins, Daniel Watson, Daniel Lloyd, Dean Bowey (C), Tom Holder, Dennis Freeman, Paul Freeman, Joe Freeman
Home Mascot: Luca Szumilewicz

Away Team: Rob Kent, Adam Canning, Rufus Brevett/Wayne Fereday, Paul Jaggers, John Turrell, Andrew Lewis, Ross Maslin, Brian Fogg, Mark Penney (C), Hadley Silver, Tarek Bibi, Darren King, Michael Derrane, Benjamin Mercer, James Hatfield
Away Mascot: Max Maslin