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Luton see off QPR to advance in the FA Youth Cup

Luton advanced to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup after convincingly beating QPR 3-1.

[Photo by Luton Town FC Media]

The goals for Luton came from Jake Burger, Oli Lynch, and Zack Nelson after a first minute opener from Teddy Lawrence for QPR.

The Hatters continued their stellar form this season, winning 15 out of their 16 league games in the EFL Youth Alliance Southeast division.

First Half

QPR opened the scoring a minute into the game after Lawrence got on the end of a Kieran Petrie cross at the back post. The goal was Lawrence’s third of the tournament after scoring two in the previous round against Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Luton came firing back with the equaliser only six minutes later. A deep corner was headed down by Jacob Vickers and Burger backheeled the ball past Harry Cant.

Nelson was a constant threat for the Hatters and came close to scoring on two occasions shortly after the equaliser. However, Cant denied the striker on both occasions as Luton began to assert dominance.

Moments later, Luton went ahead as Luton’s captain, Jacob Pinnington, drilled a low ball across the box, which was deflected to Lynch, who tucked the ball home.

QPR nearly came straight back with an equaliser in the 26th minute, however Rayan Kolli had a shot spectacularly tipped onto the bar from close range by Luton goalkeeper Sam Bentley.

Luton were the dominant team throughout the half, using width when attacking and aggressive pressing defensively to control their opponents. Luton’s pressing nearly paid off in the 35th minute as they won the ball deep into QPR’s half, but Archie Heron’s shot curled just over the bar.

Second Half

Petrie came inches away from equalising in the 55th minute after a layoff from Lorent Talla in the box, however he was unable to convert from eight yards out.

QPR’s Jabari Christmas’ right-footed shot from the edge of the box went just wide in the 67th minute only two minutes after coming on.

Luton extended their advantage in the 72nd minute as Millar Matthews-Lewis held the ball up after a long ball forward and put a through ball into Nelson, who slotted the ball home.

QPR controlled possession in the late stages of the game, but Luton were resolute defensively and held on to a 3-1 win.

Luton will now host a fellow category three academy, Preston North End, in the fifth round.

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