After a loan spell with Aldershot, Bruno Andrade returned to inspire QPR's under 18 side to a deserved 3-1 win over Colchester.
Frankie Southerland’s smart finish gave QPR a deserved lead, however in the second half Colchester equalised with a long range effort. With the game looking like finishing level Andrade tapped home from close range to edge QPR ahead again, and with time running out Bradley Simmonds smashed a third home after more good work from Andrade.
Neither side created much during the opening exchanges with much of the action being played in the midfield.
The first real chance of the game went QPR’s way as Jordan Gibbons did well to get a cross in, however Andrade’s effort was easily saved by the Colchester keeper.
QPR where now in control and it wasn’t much longer before the opened the scoring.
Andrade did brilliantly to set the first goal up as he turned well and slid perfectly through for Frankie Southerland who audaciously chipped the ball over the onrushing Colchester keeper for a deserved lead.
A mix up in the QPR defence nearly allowed Colchester to level immediately, however Fred Chapman recovered in time to clear.
Half time came and went and Colchester levelled early on in the second half with a fine finish giving Gareth Keane no chance in the QPR goal.
At this stage the game could’ve gone either way, however Andrade scored from close range to edge QPR ahead for a second time.
After brilliant work from sub Manny, who ironically replaced fellow sub Connor Hubbell after he took a nasty blow to the face, Andrade couldn’t miss from inside the six yard box with the goal at his mercy.
With QPR now heavily on top, and playing some nice flowing football in the process, the Hoops added a third with another fine team goal. Southerland and Andrade combined brilliantly down the QPR right before the latter crossed perfectly for the onrushing Simmonds to smash a third home.
And not long after the third the referee brought an end to the game.
After the match QPR Under 18’s manager Steve Gallen commented “It could’ve gone either way, at 1-1 we dipped a little bit, however today we had Bruno Andrade it was his first game today, and when you’ve got him, I’m always thinking if we can get him the ball in the right area’s we had a chance.”