Airbus UK Broughton Football Club

 The Wingmakers - Match Report 2009/10



Airbus UK 2-2 Carmarthen (October 10 2009)  

A lively and entertaining game, spoilt only by Airbus' inability to hang onto a lead, yet again throwing away a two goal advantage and effortlessly turning three points into one.

Carmarthen have had a sticky start to the season and the 'Bus sought to take advantage from the start. After just three minutes it looked odds-on the opener as Carl Owen & Marc Lloyd-Williams found themselves together with nobody on them to bear down on goal. Carl took responsibility but keeper Neil Roberts came bravely surging out for the one-on-one and blocked it away, referee Adie giving the first of several odd decisions by booking the Airbus striker. Not phased by this he then set off on a mazy run down the left, his low cross cut out & cleared. Shortly after, Danny Desormeaux was first to a lob into the area, beat Thomas with his first-timer but the ball bounced wide of the goal. Cooky then played in to Jiws who disappointingly half-hit the ball to the keeper. Carmarthen took until half way through the period for their first chance, Hicks playing inside to set up Pritchard but Rogers made an easy dive down to the right to save. Pritchard had another chance just after, the ball falling to him from a long free kick but  his shot was soft enough for Kris to save again. At the other end Jiws pounced on a loose ball but his free shot went agonisingly wide of the far post. A wrong decision from Dessie then cost them dear, as a Cooky pass dropped right in the danger zone, got half cleared but instead of allowing Ashley Williams, teeing himself up, to fire in Dessie had chased it back, turned on it and shot harmlessly over, off balance. Hicks then had a great chance for the Old Gold on the six yard box, brilliantly closed down on mass by the home defence. The Carmarthen danger man very nearly got one just before half time, heading a free kick spectacularly off the underside of the bar, Pritchard firing the rebound over. The last word of the opening half was Airbus', though, a good Giovanni Feliciello run, a perfectly judged scissor kick from Matty Cook to Jiws but again over the bar. A good open match, then at half time, fairly even. Airbus had the edge but Town were happy to defend in depth and hit on the break.

Curiously the second half wasn't blessed with quite as much goalmouth action but once it got going it did bring plenty of goals. First of all ref Adie gave Airbus a penalty, coolly tucked in low by Ryan Edwards. Deryn Brace brought on all three subs at once in a attempt to throw Airbus off their stride. It immediately seemed to have back-fired as Carl Owen flicked a header to Marc Lloyd-Williams who took one look and fired beautifully over Thomas straight into the back of the net. Carmarthen may not yet have many points so far but they clearly have some quality and plenty of spirit. They pulled one back from a free kick foolishly given away by Rogers rushing out of his area to perpetrate a line-backer tackle, for which he was booked. The ball flew over everyone onto the head of Hicks and he steered it in consummately over the diving keeper. Spurred by this they went for the equaliser and another free kick was adjudged to have been given away just outside the box. Dubious that decision may have been but ref Adie's next, that Gio had encroached in charging down the first attempt (another booking), was calamitous. Kris Thomas decided to aim at the other side of the goal for the retake & fired a fantastic shot soaring into the net side for 2-2 past Rogers' token outstretched dive.

Despite a few nervy moments for both sides at either end that was it & Carmarthen's unbeaten record against Airbus remains preserved.  

Airbus Line up:
K Rogers, R Edwards, G Feliciano, M Woodward, M Allen, R Roberts, A Williams, D Desormeaux, C Owen, M Lloyd-Williams, M Cook (P McManus 88')

Subs not used: A Mitchell, G Sudlow, J Abraham.

Attendance: 92

Report by Dave Sargent


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