Rangers win the West London Development Squad derby.
Brentford lost their Development Squad game to Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Loftus Road on Tuesday afternoon, with two goals apiece from Mike Petrasso and Javier Chevanton.
Together with Andy Johnson, Rangers experienced International trio proved too much for the visitors at key moments, but if The Bees had been less wasteful in front of goal, then the result could have been very different.
Brentford displayed fine passing movements throughout the game, but their lack of penetration cost them dearly.
Jon De Souza selected Jack Bonham in goal, with captain Aaron Pierre and Raphaël Calvet at left and right back respectively, plus Alfie Mawson and Ben Bugent completing the defence.
The midfield pairing of Tyrell Miller-Rodney and Jake Reeves was complemented by Martin Fillo, from the First Team squad, on the right flank, and Josh Clarke on the left.
Striker Montell Moore was played in advanced role ahead of Charlie Adams.
Andy Johnson spearheaded the attack for Queens Park Rangers, who included three First Team squad members, and as expected, started brighter.
An early Johnson’s shot was blocked, and in the third minute, Calvet cleverly blocked Petrasso’s intended shot.
The first real opportunity fell to Rangers in the ninth minute, Petrasso’s diagonal ball from the left finding Javier Chevanton, who delivered a shot with pace that Bonham did well to palm away for a corner.
However, there was nothing Bonham could do about the home side’s opening goal by Petrasso a minute later.
Petrasso began and started the move, interlinking with Johnson in a neat one-two, before striding into the penalty area to loft the ball cleverly over Bonham.
Charlie Adams was given a golden opportunity to level things in the 13th minute but his shot from inside the penalty box was wide of Aaron Lennox’s left-hand post.
Johnson may have doubled their lead in the 16th minute, but Nugent atoned for his penalty area miss-kick by scrambling the ball clear.
In the 25th minute, Rangers captain Tom Hitchcock was guilty of missing another opportunity, spurning Matthew Phillips’ cut-back from the right when a shot on target would have troubled Bonham.
Brentford probed for an equaliser, Aaron Pierre’s shot going close after Adams’ free-kick was charged down, awarded for a foul on Josh Clarke.
Near the half hour mark Sam Magri escaped a caution for a strong foul on Adams that drew a collective audible breath from the assembled crowd.
Eleven minutes before the break, Brentford started converting their pressure into chances; Fillo’s deflected snap shot tipped away superbly by Lennox for a corner.
Fillo and Miller-Rodney missed further good opportunities to level things shortly after, and Brentford were left ruing this, as Rangers killed the game two minutes before the half-time break.
Petrasso scored his and Rangers second, receiving the ball from Johnson’s penalty box pass after he beat Ben Hugent, to leave Bonham with no chance.
Rangers third arrived two minutes after the resumption, Javier Chevanton, a constant menace all game, slotting past Bonham.
Brentford didn’t give up, Calvet’s shot hitting the side netting shortly after, plus Mawson’s run and shot testing Lennox.
Adams shot was blocked in the 55th minute, with the perplexing site of one-way traffic from the visitors but nothing to show for it.
Clarke fired over the top shortly after.
Brentford pressed further, controlling the game; Fillo’s exquisite chip found Moore, who cut back on his left foot, shot but it was defected away for a corner.
Rangers were given a further left off from the resulting set piece, Pierre’s unmarked header going wide of Lennox.
Rangers made their first attack for some time; Bonham grabbing Johnson’s shot at the second attempt after Chaventon glided past Mawson.
In the 70th minute Chevanton made it four – Phillips’ cross left the striker with the simplest of chances to convert.
The time Brentford did hit the net it was ruled offside, Moore denied his opening Development Squad goal in the 73rd minute.
The Youth Team striker was narrowly wide with a shot three minutes later – Tyrell Miller-Rodney the provider.
A neat interchange of passing between Reeves and Adams forced Lennox to save from the latter.
Rangers introduced a trio of substitutions toward the climax, and Bonham produced a superb save in the last minute of normal time to deny Petros Skapetis.
The final whistle sounded, with Brentford reflecting on their missed chances in an entertaining game from both sides.
Queens Park Rangers: Aaron Lennox; Darnel Furlong, Cole Kpekwa, Joshua Laurent; Jamie Sandles-White; Sam Magri, Matthew Phillips, Andrew Johnson (sub Dylan Carriera 72 mins), Javier Chevanton (sub Petros Skepatis 76 mins), Tom Hitchcock, Michael Petrasso (sub David Fitzpatrick 83 mins).
Subs (not used): Joe Lumley, Ben Brown.
Bookings: Hunt-Laurent (90).
Brentford: Jack Bonham; Raphael Calvet, Aaron Pierre, Jake Reeves, Ben Nugent, Alfie Mawson, Martin Fillo, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Montell Moore, Charlie Adams, Josh Clarke.
Subs (all not used): Joe Maloney, Melvin Minter, George Pilbeam, Kojo Awotwi.