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QPR Game 2 2017

After an enthralling 1st game at Loftus Road earlier in the day, Game 2 had a lot to live up to and thanks to the fantastic support of QPR in the Community Trust the Rangers Legends playing in this fixture were Andy Sinton for the Home team and Rufus Brevett for the Away side. Once again, the spectators were treated to an abundance of goals and chances, and in a very closely contested game, the Away team edged the result 4-5.


Date: Monday 8th May 2017
Venue: Loftus Road
QPR (Home) vs QPR (Away)
Kick Off: 18:00 pm
Legends & Managers: Andy Sinton and Rufus Brevett
Match Officials: Thomas Jaggs, Steven Conway, Steve Daly & Stuart Kenworthy

The opening stages of the game saw the Away team start quickly and they created the 1st chance of the game after just 3mins, Away No 9 Ethan Goodman excellently dribbling beyond 2 Home defenders and picking out Away No 10 Liam Garner in the box, the centre mid then laid the ball back to Away captain No 6 Ray Wheeler, but his shot blazed over the bar.

Away No 8 Paul Carroll was then very unlucky to have his wicked outside-of-the-foot strike from distance finesse onto the crossbar, the chance to have a strike coming from an initial corner by Away legend Rufus Brevett which was only cleared out by the Home side into Carroll’s path.

It was the Away side that continued to be on top and they deservedly took the lead on 20 mins through Away No 9 Ethan Goodman. A tremendous through ball into the box was played in by Away No 17 Greg Whitehouse from the right, giving Goodman time and space to calmly slot his finish into the bottom right corner (0-1).

The Home team reacted well and got a swift equaliser through Home No 9 Dan Watson on 27 mins. The forward did brilliantly to pressure the Away defence, intercept the ball and cleverly chip and loop the ball around the on rushing keeper from just outside of the box to get his side back into the game (1-1).

The game wasn’t tied up for very long though as the Away side regained the lead once again through Away No 9 Ethan Goodman. This time the goal came on the counter attack and for the 2nd time, Away No 17 Greg Whitehouse produced an exquisite assist pass through the Home defence from deep, enabling Goodman the chance to round the keeper and tuck home his 2nd of the match (1-2).

The roles then reversed when the Away side scored again on 41 mins! Goal scorer Ethan Goodman turning provider to set up the chance for Away No 17 Greg Whitehouse by playing a great pass to the far post where Whitehouse slid his effort on target and found the back of the net to extend his team’s lead further (1-3).

It went from bad to worse for the Home side as they conceded another goal before the end of the half, with Away No 8 Paul Carroll making amends for hitting the crossbar earlier by cleverly chopping onto his right foot inside the box and tidily tucking away his shot around the on-rushing keeper (1-4).

The whistle went for half-time and it was Rufus Brevett’s Away side who went into the break the happier of the 2 sides, with their clinical finishing giving them a 3 goal cushion. However Andy Sinton’s Home side were quietly confident they could turn things around in the 2nd half and they didn’t look too despondent as they walked down the tunnel.  


Half Time: QPR Home 1 - 4 QPR Away

Both sides started the half well and a key moment came on 53mins when Away No 9 Ethan Goodman smashed the ball into the back of an empty net. However the striker appeared to foul Home No 4 Dean Upcraft in trying to get to the high bouncing ball and the referee crucially ruled out Goodman’s hat-trick goal and awarded the Home team a free kick.

Just when the Home team needed someone to turn to for goals, up stepped Home No 11 William Lewis who started off an incredibly quick and deadly comeback for his side on 60 mins. Home captain No 7 Joe Paradiso skillfully flicking the ball into the path of the striker to allow the electric striker to smash home his drilled effort from 20 yards (2-4).

Just 2 mins later, Home No 11 William Lewis scored again and turned the tie on its head! Having been played through spectacularly on the counter attack by Home No 15 Dennis Freeman, the striker was left 1 v 1 against the goalkeeper and he finished into the bottom left corner with exquisite poise (3-4)

It got even better for the Home side on 66 mins as remarkably they found themselves back on level terms, once again through Home No 11 William Lewis! In a crazy 6 minute period the striker managed to secure a brilliant hat-trick, his 3rd goal coming after a stunning strike from the right side of the box looped into the net, giving Michael Heedy no chance in goal (4-4).


Having lost a 3 goal lead, the Away side finally regrouped and created chances of their own on 78 and 79 mins, but the 2 great efforts were both saved down low by Home keeper Matthew Lewis, the 1st save being a palm away for a corner and the 2nd being a great save with his feet to clear the danger.

With both sides looking for a winner in the late stages, a huge call had to be made by the officials on 81 mins with Home No 6 Gary Durkin falling to the ground when trying to get on the end of a low cross in the box by Home No 15 Dennis Freeman. However the on-rushing Away keeper was adjudged to have made no contact with the midfielder and Durkin was booked for simulation...

It seemed destined that the Home side were going to be punished for that close call and true to form down the other end, it was that man again, Away No 9 Ethan Goodman who secured his hat-trick on 82 mins. The clinical striker getting beyond the defensive line, despite protests of offside, and tucking away his effort after a great long ball over the top was played by No 2 Dale Walton (4-5).


Despite coming so close to another equaliser, the Home team couldn’t find the back of the net again and it was the Away team who edged a narrow 4-5 win in the end. It had been a fantastic, end to end game, packed full of excitement and both sets of players drew huge applause for their efforts as they left the pitch.

A big thanks for QPR FC and QPR in the Community Trust for hosting 2 astonishingly entertaining fixtures, and a special thank you again to the participating R’s Legends Andy Sinton and Rufus Brevett for being involved in an unforgettable event.

Full Time: QPR Home 4 - 5 QPR Away


Man of the Match Home: No.11 William Lewis
Man of the Match Away: No.6 Ray Wheeler
Moment of the Match: No.9 Dan Watson

Home Team: Matthew Lewis, Ritchie Boyd, Andy Sinton, Dean Upcraft, Frank Kinner, Gary Durkin, Joe Paradiso (C), Christopher Elkins, Dan Watson, Andrew Lewis, William Lewis, George Rawlings, Dennis Freeman, Paul Freeman, Joe Freeman
Home Mascot: Regie Granfar, Bertie Rawlings

Away Team: Michael Heady, Dale Walton, Rufus Brevett, Pete Mullen, Lloyd Russell, Ray Wheeler (C), Michael Derrane, Paul Carroll, Ethan Goodman, Liam Garner, Ben Leeson, Neil Westland, Neil Baldwin, Steve Forbes, Greg Whitehouse

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
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AFTER MATCH FEEDBACK
"Just wanted to say was another great event at QPR FC this year. Pass on my thanks to all your team and the Club for organising such a well-run event! See you next year!"
Chris Elkins - G2 Home Team No.8

"I'd like to thank you and all your staff at Football Aid for another wonderful event at QPR. It gets better and better all the time both on and off the pitch. Also, I'll never forget the special recognition for my 10th anniversary."
Joe Paradiso - G2 Home Team No.7


Match Report written by Sam Bettany (@bettany_sam)