QPR U23 (1) – Coventry City U23 (0) – Olamide Shodipo’s strike puts the R’s on Top

U23 Professional Development League

Team: Dieng, Kakay, Hall, Caulker, Fox, Tilt, Borysiuk, Goss, Rowe, Shodipo, Oteh

Sub Not Used: Herdman

The eagerly awaited team sheets revealed an interesting starting line-up that included; Steven Caulker, Grant Hall, and Olamide Shodipo who had been off the radar for quite some time.

Aramide Oteh captained the R’s and the visitors arrived at Loftus Road as the league leaders.

Rangers fashioned the first decent chance of the match when Daniel Rowe took possession and then provided a good ball to Aramide Oteh, who shot wide of the far post despite having time to do better.

Neither keeper had been troubled very much, but on 17 minutes Seny Dieng was forced into making a good save, low to his left from Chris Camwell.

Mr Packman booked Camwell on 26 minutes following a heavy challenge on Osman Kakay.

Rangers took the lead after 36 minutes when Oteh got into the box and Addai palmed Kakay’s cross towards a lurking Shodipo, who finished from close range.
Half-time: 1-0.

The home side went three at the back as Paul Hall made two changes for the second-half, with Giles Phillips replacing Grant Hall and Charlie Fox made way for Zenon Stylianides.

Ten minutes into the half saw Shodipo’s cross set up Kakay, whose shot from inside the box looked goal-bound, but Tom Davies managed to clear the ball off the line.

The Sky Blues came close to equalising around the hour mark following a cross from the left flank. Steven Caulker went to intercept, the ball came off the post and safely behind.

From the corner, an unmarked Tom Davies, well-placed six yards out, somehow put the ball wide.

The floodlights were activated and on 65 minutes Danny Darbyshire was introduced at the expense of Olamide Shodipo.

Later Dan Rowe limped off which meant that the R’s were down to ten men and the away side were able to enjoy more possession.

In the latter stages, Coventry went close with a shot that curled just wide and Giles Phillips blocked another one whilst the R’s went down to nine men.

Aramide Oteh was harshly booked and Chay Tilt was shown a yellow card for dissent. Coventry’s captain Dion Kelly Evans and Tom Davies were also cautioned.

Rangers successfully saw out the six minutes of added time.

Steve Russell

One thought on “QPR U23 (1) – Coventry City U23 (0) – Olamide Shodipo’s strike puts the R’s on Top

  1. On the clubs online preview of the game, it claimed we were second on 16 points going into the game ,having won 5 out of 6 games. The other game we lost 1-4 at Hillsborough. So I make that 15 points.
    The game could’ve gone either way I thought, both defences were on top and chances were at a premium. It was good to see Hall and Shodipo getting a game following injuries, something that should happen all the time. Too many times, players get injured for weeks/months then walk into the first team starting line up without having played a game in two months or more. An example being Lynch starting against Fulham the other week. And literally every player that’s mean injured in the last two seasons.

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