AIRBUS remained on course for a potential league and cup double by booking a place in the Huws Gray Cup final at the expense of Porthmadog.

A fourth meeting between the sides this season was, once again, a close affair and only an early goal from Oli Lanceley separated the sides. With seven minutes on the watch, Brady McGilloway cross to the far post where Lanceley played the ball across goal the line in a goalmouth scramble.

Dave Roberts got down well to save from Tomos Emlyn before home keeper Paul Pritchard tipped a Matty McGinn 20-yard free kick over the bar. Port's Mike Sharples had a header cleared off the line while Asa Hamilton forced Pritchard into a good save before lifting another effort over the target.

The Wingmakers' defence stood firm in the second half with Sion Edwards driving a long range effort narrowly wide and Roberts saving well from Gruff John. But Airbus went close to a second goal with Hamilton firing over the bar, Lanceley denied by a last ditch Emlyn tackle and Pritchard saving at the feet of Edwards.

Airbus will meet Holyhead Hotspur in the final.

Assistant manager Andy Thomas hailed a ‘magnificent’ showing from an Airbus squad that had 10 players missing for the clash through ineligibility or unavailability.

He said: “It was a magnificent defensive performance against one of the division’s best sides. The fact that we’ve gone there with so many players out and still limited them to just half-chances was really pleasing.

“Our shape throughout was solid and I felt we always looked comfortable, even when we had young lads like Toby Vickery and George Peers come on off the bench.

“It was great first team experience for them and great for the club as a whole to get ourselves into a cup final.”

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