Hayes & Yeading's penultimate pre-season match-up saw Paul Hughes' side run out 4-1 winners at the SKYex against a young Queens Park Rangers side with Francis Amartey getting his second hat-trick in four days.
The first chance of the game fell to the R's in just the fifth minute when Amrit McNulty worked space on the right flank, his low centre picked out Charley Kendall who fired his shot first time into the side netting of Jack Smith's goal.
Five minutes later United were ahead. Jake Sheppard collected a pass that had been perfectly played down the right, his centre to the far post saw Moses Emmanuel slide in to smash the ball into the roof of the Rangers net from close range.
In the 15th minute Smith was called into action when the impressive Armelindo Mema hit a shot on the turn that the United stopper did well to hold low down and this was followed shortly after by another chance for United at the other end as Hassan Jalloh and Amos Nasha exchanged passes with Jalloh's shot being deflected wide of the R's goal.
Just after the half hour mark fortune favoured United when a cross from the left saw an R's defender kick air with the ball stopping at the feet of Francis Amartey who controlleed it and calmly slotted past the unprocted Tiernen Parker in the visitors goal to double United's lead.
United continued to push forwards, Amartey fed strike partner Emmanuel but his shot on the turn was held by Parker and then in the closing minute of the half United did indeed add a third. Jalloh collected the ball 25 yards from the R's goal and pushed forwards before finding Amartey who applied a smart finish beyond Parker into the far corner and we went in at the break with a 3-0 lead.
United started the second half on the front foot once again and just four minutes in Emmanuel collected the ball on the edge of the R's box and let a shot go that half-time replacement R's 'keeper Kingsley Lathim did well to push away.
The visitors soon started to push upfield themselves, a burst on the left side from Mema saw a low drilled cross across the United box that none of his teammates could get on the end of and then on the hour they did pull one back as Kendall received the ball, took a touch to control, and rifled a shot past Smith into the United goal.
Just a few minutes later a United free-kick 20 yards from goal was rolled aside to Sanmi Odelusi, his goalbound drive was pushed out by Lathim, the R's stopper quickly to his feet to deny Amartey although a raised flag for offside would have denied him anyway but took nothing away from some excellent goalkeeping.
In the 71st minute Unitd's own replacement 'keeper Lewis Lavin did well to hold a Kendall header before United quickly went to the other end and found a fourth. Odelusi won possession in the middle of the park and instantly fed the ball to Amartey, the United striker rounding Lathim before firing home his third of the game.
Two minutes later Lavin did well to maintain United's three goal advantage, Mema collected the ball in the United area, twisted and turned past his marker and hit a well driven shot that Lavin did very well to push out and after a scramble the defence cleared the ball and the game played out with United ending the game with a 4-1 victory.
We thank Queens Park Rangers for coming to play us and wish the R's all the best for their upcoming EFL Championship campaign.
Report by Kevin Watts.
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