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QPR Game 1 2016

Monday the 9th May saw the Football Aid 2016 season continue at Loftus Road for the first of our QPR double-header of games. The 1st game of the day provided plenty of entertainment for the watching R’s fans and it saw the Home team ending up as 7-4 winners in the warm West-London sunshine.

Date: Monday 9th May 2016
Venue: Loftus Road
QPR (Home) vs QPR (Away)
Kick Off: 14:00 pm
Legends & Managers: Steve Gallen, Danny Shittu and Richard Langley
Match Officials: Mark Taylor, Colin Hubbard, Kelvin Charles & Ben Taylor

The Away side kicked off our 1st QPR game wearing Red and Black hoops and playing from left to right; both teams had a few half chances early on but the Home team were dominating the attacking play.

However it was the Away team who took the lead in the 8th min when Away No 11 Adam Pearce scored a clever finish with the outside of his foot following a dangerous cross from Away No 8 Francesco Turi.

The goal didn’t stop the Home side’s game plan though and they continued to play fast attacking football whilst playing a highline in their defence.

Both sets of players were fully committed and Home No 6 Daniel Smith was very unfortunate to pick up a knee injury after a 50/50 challenge near the touchline. The day ended early for the midfielder but at least he received a deserved round of applause as he left the pitch.

A very close chance for the Away team came when No 8 Francesco Turi broke free down the left hand side of the box and found No 7 Daniel Watson at the back-post, however the midfielder’s shot went narrowly wide. Soon after Home No 1 Mustapha Pour Dara showed his reactions to dive down low and quick when Away No 11 Adam Pearce found himself one-on-one.

The Home side equalised in the 30th min when a free kick by Home No 7 Robbie Adams was sent deep to the back post, legend Danny Shittu was on hand to head across goal superbly to set up No 9 Mark Penney for a close range headed finish (1-1).

The Home side took the lead shortly after their equaliser, the Away defence went missing when Home No 7 Robbie Adams drilled a cross into the box and the Home QPR players were lining up but it was Home No 9 Mark Penney who managed to scramble the ball home for his 2nd goal of the game (2-1).

A strong end to the half by the Home time continued in the 37th min when Home No 14 Fabrizio Galasso broke free and pulled the ball back for Christopher Elkins, the No 8’s shot rebounded back to Fabrizio Galasso and the classy midfielder fired the ball home to make the score (3-1).

The Home team were well on top at this stage and their 4th of the game came in the 44th min just before half time. No 11 Dean Skipsey weaved through the defence before finishing well to cement his Home side’s lead (4-1).

After a strong start from the Away team, it was the Home side that went into the half-time break with a comfortable 4-1 advantage. Could the Away Legends, Steve Gallen & Richard Langley inspire a comeback for their team?

Half Time: QPR (Home) 4 - 1 QPR (Away)

The Home team restarted the game in the famous Blue & White hoops and were in no hurry to let their lead go as they tried to retain possession all over the pitch.

It was the Away team who had the 1st chance of the 2nd half after some intricate play around the box resulted in legend Richard Langley laying off the ball to Away No 10 David Nicolaides. However the midfielder couldn’t quite finish off the well worked move. 

It was the Away side controlling the game at this stage and they nearly found a way back into the game when Away No 10 David Nicolaides struck the crossbar from a good free-kick position.

A fantastic strike was nearly witnessed at Loftus Road when Home No 17 Tommaso Vaccaro saw his shot ricochet off the bar from around 30 yards out. Then it was the Away side with the next chance when No 9 Alessandro Menghi slotted the ball through to No 8 Francesco Turi who made Home No 1 Mustapha Pour Dara produce another fantastic 1-on-1 save.

The Away team got the goal their improved play deserved when a stunning strike from distance from their legend Richard Langley found the top right hand corner of the net in the 70th min (4-2).

However the Home team were next to score in the 75th min when No 11 Dean Skipsey forced the ball home at the near post for his 2nd goal of the game (5-2).

The goals kept coming and it was the Home side that extended their lead further when Dean Skipsey secured the hat-trick ball, smashing home from 15 yards out (6-2).

It didn’t take long for the Away team to respond though. Striker Alessandro Menghi sprang free of the defence to latch onto a pass from Away No 17 Damien Kelly and fired a great shot into the back of the net to reduce the deficit (6-3).

The game was raging from end-to-end now and the goals kept coming in the final 10 mins! The Home side made it 7-3 when Home No 14 Fabrizio Galasso darted into the box and finished from close range in the 84th min (7-3).

With both players tiring in the hot conditions the play was stretched and there was to be one more goal left in the game. This time it went to the Away side when No 17 Jack Woodrow forced the ball home from a corner after losing his marker to make the game (7-4).

That was the final piece of action in what had been a breathless encounter. The Away team couldn’t muster up a comeback as the Home side ran out 7-4 winners on a very warm afternoon at Loftus Road. Thank you to all the Players & Spectators for making the QPR Game 1 a real spectacle. Also huge thank you to Legends Steve Gallen, Danny Shittu and Richard Langley for taking part in the game and playing alongside our Football Aid players.

Full Time: QPR (Home) 7 - 4 QPR (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Mustapha Pour Dara
Man of the Match Away: Gustavo Britos
Moment of the Match: Fabrizio Galasso

Home Team: Mustapha Pour Dara (C), Jamie Lloyd, Steve Gallen/Danny Shittu, Robert Pollington, John Dillon, Daniel Smith, Robbie Adams, Christopher Elkins, Mark Penney, Paul Sissons, Dean Skipsey, Fabrizio Galasso, Emanuele Rossi, Luca Sideri, Tommaso Vaccaro
Home Mascot: Stanley Pollington

Away Team: Joe Piggin, Jack Woodrow, Richard Langley, Roberto Donay, Gustavo Britos, Andrea Anastasio, Daniel Watson, Francesco Turi, Alessandro Menghi, David Nicolaides, Adam Pearce, Francesco Turi (A8), Gonzalo Rioja (C), Francisco Centeno, Damien Kelly

Match Report written by Matt Annis