Fulham Under-23s fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of a QPR side which featured numerous first team players at Motspur Park on Friday night.
QPR fielded a strong looking side that instantly capitalised on a defensive error. Trialist A’s pass was intercepted allowing the visitors to rush through and beat Toni Stahl off his near post.
Our local neighbours threatened again after winning the ball high, but the forward could only drag his effort wide of Stahl’s far post.
The woodwork was QPR’s friend for a second time as the run of play continued to go against the Young Whites. A low strike off the other post this time provided them with a second goal.
Jayden Harris picked up the ball between the lines for his side’s first meaningful attempt which dribbled into the gloves of the visitors’ ‘keeper.
QPR added a third to put them in cruise control after some slack marking in the area allowed a glancing header from a corner to nestle in the corner.
Fulham responded to a lax first half with Harris breaking through down the left. His strike was smothered by the feat of the imposing goalkeeper. The powerful midfielder looked the best outlet for a breakthrough as he forced another smart stop at the near post.
The vastly experienced QPR team added a fourth via an emphatic curling effort that arrowed into the top corner.
The fourth became five after Stahl was forced into a smart save low down. However, the rebound was sharply put into the back of the net. Timmy Abraham then responded well shortly after by smashing a strike into the roof of the net to give consolation to the score line.
The Under-23s now prepare to face West Ham in their opening PL2 game of the season next Friday.
Fulham: Stahl, Drameh, Trialist A (Tricker 67’), Ream (De Havilland 68’), Trialist C (Asare 46’); De Havilland (Davis 46’), Francois (Thompson 67’), Trialist B (Hilton 77’), Hilton (Santos-Clase 62’), Harris; Thompson (Abraham 55’).
Subs: Abraham, Asare, Tricker, Davis, Opoku, Santos-Clase. (The game featured rolling substitutions)