Airbus UK Broughton Football Club

 The Wingmakers - Match Report 2009/10



Airbus UK 1-2 Rhyl League cup (August 25 2009)  

A valiant performance from Airbus' second string against a virtually full-strength Rhyl, sent out again after Friday's draw and yet again struggling to cope with the home side's 100% effort. To be fair, the Lilywhites were always on top but didn't get their three points without having to work for it and received a late shock before the job was done.

It was also a fond farewell to amiable stalwart Chris Doran, playing his last game between the sticks before returning to Ulster and hoping to get involved with Ballymena Utd. Chris showed his mettle to stand his ground when faced by Shaun Dowling, played in by Lee Hunt, doing well to save the day after a long period of Rhyl pressure on 25'. 

Airbus' first chance came just after, Paul McManus stepping inside to shoot a rising swinger just wide of the far post. Rhyl had two goals chalked off for offside within a couple of minutes before half time but did go ahead in front at the break, Lee Hunt heading in a free kick needlessly given away by Gary Lovell. With Airbus playing like terriers there was great hope of snatching a goal themselves and on 62 minutes with the game still in Rhyl's control came some magic. From 20- 25 yards out the lively McManus took the ball on a couple of yards, side-stepped and arrowed a fantastic left-footed shot into the bottom corner for 1-1!

The smug feeling of having stitched up Rhyl again lasted less than ten minutes, however, a John Leah shot bringing a good save out of Chris Doran but he only pushed the ball in front of ex-Wingmaker Gareth Owen, who promptly fired assuredly into the side of the net for what was to be the winner. It could have been more emphatic with less than ten minutes to go, Chris saving from Matty Williams off a through ball and Mark Allen clearing the follow-up off the line & over but that would have been unfair on the spirited Airmen and the departing Chrissie - we wish him well.

Airbus line up:
Chris Doran, Tom Povey, Gary Lovell (Andy Stockton 55'), Jack Rowlands, Mark Allen, Matty Cook (Jack Challinor 55'), Andy Mitchell, Jack Abrahams, Niall Challinor, Paul McManus (Ashley Williams 77'), George Cowell.

Sub not used: Matty Woodward.

Report by Dave Sargent


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