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QPR 2008

Only four days after the first team had ended their season against division Champions West Brom at Loftus Road, R's fans from as far away as Canada gathered to experience their own 90 minutes of fame in the 8th Football Aid match played at Loftus Road, since 2001's inaugural match.

Thursday 8th May
Queens Park Rangers Home vs Queens Park Rangers Away
Loftus Road
KO: 6:00 pm
Match Officials: Gordon Manning, Peter Cruise and Adrian Waters
Legends: Danny Maddix, Clive Wilson and Dave Robinson

The match kicked off in bright evening sunshine on a Loftus Road pitch still in great condition despite the long Championship season. It was the Away team who were first to threaten, forcing a corner in the 3rd minute of the match; however Home Goalkeeper Rob Kent remained cool under pressure and cleared the danger with a confident punch. 

The Away team continued to threaten and No 11 Paul Davis came close to opening the scoring when he was presented with a chance by unusually casual play by Home legend Danny Maddix.

The early pressure told after 5 mins, with the Away team opening the scoring from Lawrence Mohiuddine's powerful long range shot. His well struck shot taking a slight deflection off Maddix before wrong footing Home keeper Kent, who was perhaps a little unlucky not to keep it out after getting a hand to the shot.

However the Home team were quick to hit back on 8 mins, Gregory Loomes took advantage of a misplaced pass from the Away defence to play in Richard Howard who showed great pace to round the last defender and finish well low past the advancing keeper. 

Loomes was next to threaten, when he found himself in the clear but he was denied by a great double save from Away keeper Grant Foster. At this stage the game was proving to be an even contest, with both teams keeping the ball well and trying to play a passing game as much as possible.

The Away team came back strong and their No 10 Nicholas Astaire found himself in the clear after 19 mins only to be denied by a last ditch block by Aw 5 who did enough to deflect his shot out for a corner by way of the left hand upright.

Both team's defences continued to look assured, led comfortably by their respective former players, with both defence's knowing that their goalkeepers were confidently handling anything thrown at them.

As half-time approached the Home team's goalscorer Howard came close with two decent efforts, first he was unfortunate when his well struck shot flew just over the bar, then he came close again minutes later when he showed great skill to beat his man on the edge of the box before shooting just wide.

However the last real chance of the half fell to the Home team's Captain Joe Paradiso who saw his well struck shot saved by the impressive Away keeper Foster.

Half Time: QPR Home 1-1 QPR Away

The 2nd half was to start with a bang, only 2 mins after the restart the Away team's No 17 Dean Upcraft stunned the crowd with a wickedly dipping long range shot that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar, leaving Kent with no chance.

The Away team continued to press and minutes later Brown was unable to take advantage of an excellent cross played into the danger area by Paul Davis. At the other end the introduction of Jason Guy into the centre of the Home midfield was having an affect and Gregory Loomes was unlucky not to get on the end of a carefully measured through ball from Guy in the 50th min.

Next a great run from Home legend Danny Maddix ended with him playing in Howard, only for his volleyed shot to end up just wide of the far post. Minutes later Howard was again denied, this time by a sharp save from Foster.

At the other end the Away team's Captain Tarek Bibi was next to be thwarted, when Kent did well to keep his low shot with his feet.

The match remained evenly balanced going into the final quarter, with both teams' defences showing up well. However the Home team were to be given a gilt edged chance to equalise with the help of a controversial refereeing decision. Excellent play again from Guy set Gregory Loomes free on the right. Loomes picked up the ball and advanced into the box before setting up Howard with a clever back-heel, only for Howard to be adjudged to be taken down by Marley in the act of crossing. After a bit of discussion amongst the Home team Loomes confidently stepped up to take the penalty, only for Foster to guess correctly and dive to his right to beat the ball away and keep his side in the lead.  

However the lead wasn't to remain intact for long, on 82 mins an excellent long range pass from Jason Guy picked out Richard Howard in the box who showed great composure to calmly loft the ball over the advancing keeper to double his tally and level the scores.

With time running out the Away team tried in vain to regain their lead, Mohiuddine having the last real effort of the game with a curling effort which was expertly palmed away by Kent. However the final whistle was to blow shortly after, meaning this year's highly entertaining Football Aid match was destined to end with the honours even.  

Full Time: QPR Home 2 - 2 QPR Away

Man of the Match (Home): Richard Howard

Man of the Match (Away): Grant Foster

Moment of the Match: Gregory Loomes

Home Team: R. Kent, M. Favell, D. Maddix, D. Marsh, C. Burgin, J. Nicholson, R. Howard, M. Carroll, G. Loomes, J. Paradiso (Captain), A. Loomes, J. Guy, J. Felloni, P. Wood, O. Levinson

Mascot: Kyle Loomes

Away Team: G. Foster, L. Mohiuddine, C. Wilson, P. Freeman, J. Felloni, K. Arnett, T. Bibi (Captain), L Bailey, I. Brown, N. Astaire, P. Davis, L. Gould, M. Marley, S. Palmer, D. Upcraft

Mascot: Max Felloni

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DVD/FILMING DETAILS

There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at - wilkie002@ntlworld.com

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.