DESPITE missing a host of chances from open play, Airbus progressed to the semi-finals of the League Cup with a 2-0 win at Denbigh thanks to a brace of free-kicks from Matty McGinn.

Lewis Buckley had fired wide from a Curtis Strong cross before, in the 11th-minute, Leo Riley feinted to take a free kick and McGinn then fired into the top corner from 25 yards out to leave keeper Craig Vernon with no chance.

A poor pass from McGinn presented an opening to the hosts, but Jake Walker was unable to capitalise and Buckley passed-up another good chance to extend the lead in front of goal when he spooned his shot over the bar. Strong then delivered a good cross for James Hooper, who also missed the target.

Hooper again went close just after half-time before Mark Roberts volleyed over the bar for the home side, who were enjoying their best spell of the game. Steve Tomassen fired a long range effort well over the Denbigh goal before Vernon produced a fine save to keep out a fierce Hooper shot and substitute Oli Lanceley then hit the crossbar.

It took a superb save from Dave Roberts to stop Town equalising from a Lewis Sirrell free-kick but, after Lanceley had put another chance wide, the win was sealed with virtually the last kick of the game when McGinn's free-kick found the net via a deflection off a defender.

Airbus will travel to Porthmadog in the semi-finals on Saturday 9 February.

Below: Lewis Buckley and Leo Riley sum-up the Wingmakers' afternoon in front of goal.

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