QPR 4 Carlisle Utd 0
PUBLISHED: 11:25 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010
By Ben Pearce EMMANUEL Ledesma and Iain Dowie both celebrated hat-tricks on Tuesday night as QPR surged into the third round of the League Cup for only the second time in 13 years. The 18-year-old Argentine prodigy tore through the visitors defence and f
By Ben Pearce
EMMANUEL Ledesma and Iain Dowie both celebrated hat-tricks on Tuesday night as QPR surged into the third round of the League Cup for only the second time in 13 years.
The 18-year-old Argentine prodigy tore through the visitors' defence and found the net on three occasions in a sumptuous, match-winning second half display, each goal better than the last.
And meanwhile, in the dugout, the Rs boss pushed Carlisle through the competition's exit door for the third time in as many seasons, having overseen their demise with both Coventry and Charlton.
Dexter Blackstock, who had been due to start, came down with a flu virus on the morning of the match, giving Samuel Di Carmine his first start for the Hoops.
But it was his strike partner who stole the show and even in a relatively quiet first half the youngster showed touches of class, accentuated with a powerful rising drive and a 20-yard volley which whistled just wide of the top corner.
The opener, when it eventually came two minutes after the break, arrived through a different source as Damion Stewart was first to Daniel Parejo's right wing corner and slammed his header inside the far post.
Ledesma gave Carlisle another shot across the bows two minutes later when he turned and drew a low save from Ben Williams at the near post, but his warning fell on deaf ears and in the 55th minute the visitors paid the price.
Receiving the ball with his back to goal in the corner of the box, the Argentine turned again, opened up an angle and fired low inside the near post.
Seven minutes later he doubled his tally, exchanging passes beautifully with Parejo before deceiving Williams with an early shot stroked into the bottom left corner from just inside the area.
And six minutes from time Ledesma completed his trio, racing onto a clever flick from Angelo Balanta and drawing Williams with a seemingly heavy touch.
But he delicately clipped the ball over the prostrate keeper to send the Rs fans into delirium - and the third round.
"I'd like a draw at home because then the supporters can come and see us in greater numbers, and personally I'd like a Premier League team, why not?" said assistant manager Tim Flowers.
"At Coventry last year we beat Carlisle at the same stage and drew Manchester United away, and then we had West Ham at home.
"So in the end we had a really good cup run and it raised a lot of money, we were on live TV twice. I don't know what Iain would like but I'd like a Premier League team."
QPR: Cerny, Delaney (Gorkss 68), Stewart, Mahon (Bolder 68), Parejo, Rowlands, Ramage, Connolly, Cook, LEDESMA*, Di Carmine (Balanta 70).