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Five-star Millwall U23s thump 10-man QPR U23s

24 October 2016

Full-time | QPR U23s 1-5 Millwall U23s

Millwall secured a fourth successive U23s Professional Development League win with a comprehensive 5-1 victory against QPR on Monday afternoon.

A pulsating game saw Hoops' midfielder Sandro dismissed just before half-time following an altercation that also saw Lion Harry Donovan booked.

The Lions were 3-1 ahead at that stage with goals from Noah Chesmain, Kris Twardek and Harry Smith, and Sandro's red card put paid to any hopes the home side had of getting a foothold back in the game. Sub Christian Mbulu added Millwall's fourth and Alfie Pavey a fifth goal in the second-half to secure maximum points for Justin Skinner's side.

In the opening exchanges it was QPR who dominated, with Mide Shodipo's header after 38 seconds hitting the woodwork and then Dan Darbyshire firing into the side netting before Ebere Eze rattled the post again.

However it was Millwall who took the lead with 18 minutes on the clock when left-back Chesmain's shot was adjudged to have crossed the line after going inside the post but back out through the netting.

Pavey was close to doubling The Lions' lead just moments later, but home keeper Matt Ingram got a strong hand to palm away the striker's effort as it headed towards goal.

Twardek did eventually make a spell of Millwall pressure count just before the half-hour mark when he raced onto a ball over the top and showed great composure to clip the ball beyond Ingram's reach.

QPR reduced the arrears less than two minutes later from the spot, with Shodipo firing home from 12 yards after he was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area.

It was a real end-to-end match at this stage, but Millwall restored their two-goal lead on 38 minutes when Smith got on the end of a pinpoint Gregg Wylde delivery to head home from close range.

The home side were in deeper trouble, however, when Sandro was sent off just before half-time to leave QPR with a second-half mountain to climb.

Millwall took full advantage of their numerical advantage, shutting up shop at the back and showing no mercy in front of goal.

Sub Mbulu headed the visitors into a 4-1 lead on 58 minutes with his first goal since returning from injury and although Eze hit the woodwork once more for QPR, the home side rarely threatened thereafter.

A great save by keeper Ingram kept out Shaun Hutchinson's bullet header from another Wylde corner, but a fifth goal for The Lions was always in the offing and duly arrived late on.

There were five minutes left when Pavey put the seal on an emphatic away win, lashing home an unstoppable shot that gave Ingram no chance.

Millwall: Tom King, Shaun Cummings, Noah Chesmain, Harry Donovan, Shaun Hutchinson, Sid Nelson, Kris Twardek, Kyron Farrell, Harry Smith, Alfie Pavey, Gregg Wylde.
Subs: Christian Mbulu, Harry Girling, Rian Bray, Eze Ebuzoeme, Kyren Mundle-Smith.

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