Preston found themselves in the last 16 of WorldNET 2005 against the favorites Queens Park Rangers.

Allot had been said about our latest opponents, QPR had their own fitness trainer, who took the competition really seriously.

The match started brightly, wild challenges flying everywhere. QPR's No.5 had a confrontation with Preston left winger Johnny, which saw him almost sent off in the opening minutes.

Tempers rose, bad tackles and foul language was quickly squashed by the referee. "I'm God, this is my pitch" quoted the man in the middle.

The hot heads calmed down, as QPR took the lead soon after. The QPR striker who went on to score a hat-trick smashed the ball into the top left corner passed a helpless Chris in goal.

The first half finished 0-1, Preston were still in the game. North End pushed forward in the second half, looking for someway back in the game. All the pressing Preston were doing didn't pay off as they were caught on the break by the London team.

QPR's No.9 rounded Chris to make it 0-2. Preston heads didn't drop at this point in the game, they had to salvage something from this match.

Out of the blue Preston found themselves right back in contention. The goal came from another training ground set piece, just the same as the near miss in the Doncaster game. This time the ball did managed to cross the line, the scorer was center back and star defender John.

Confidence was sky high once more, Preston believe they could do it. Only for QPR to hit the third and final sucker punch. Hat-trick it was for the QPR forward. Game over it was, the match finished 1-3.

North End were out, after a fantastic first ever WorldNET tournament. Things can only get better for the Preston players, being together only a few months shows how well the lads have bonded as a unit.




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