Steve O’Shaughnessy praised his side's perfomance following Airbus' 0-4 victory in their second fixture of 2021 against Cefn Druids at The Rock in a pre-season friendly.

A first half brace from Oli Lanceley, followed by Adam Davies' first goal for the club and a late George Peers strike sealed victory for the Wingmakers against the team from the top-flight. 

Despite the result, O’Shaughnessy expressed that getting the first team minutes is key rather than getting the win as his side continue to build for their Cymru North season. 

The 53-year-old also outlined how Tuesdays defeat was worth the pain, as his side looked in even better shape. 

“It doesn't really matter about the result, it's about lads getting minutes in their legs rather than the performance” the boss said.

“Tuesday helped a lot, because the lads looked a lot fitter today, and it's only the second proper game we have had in a long long time.

“I thought everyone did really well today.”

The goals were flying in for the Wingmakers against Druids, with three different players finding the back of the net. Academy gradute Lanceley showed why he was given the number 9 shirt for the season after getting two of the four. 

However, the Welshman didn't want to highlight the one performance, but rather praise the team as a whole, especially with players playing out of position so they could get minutes under their belts. 

“We could have scored a few more. I know it doesnt help when there's a lot of changes from both teams, you lose a bit of shape and your playing different players out of position."

“But overall, I thought the performance was great, and the biggest plus is that we looked really fit as well.”

The Wingmakers are in action once again this Tuesday when they make our long awaited return to the Airfield and welcome JD Cymru Premier champions Connahs Quay Nomads for another pre-season friendly.

Despite the win though, the boss isn't getting too ahead of himself, as he reaffirmed that these games are about getting ready for the season and not about the result. 

“It's nice to win, but we dont get anything from it. It's nice to win the game, but at the end of the day it's our pre season, so it's all about the first game of the season hopefully when we start. 

“We have got Connahs Quay on Tuesday night, which will be a tough one again, but hopefully we can look even sharper.”

With three lockdowns and two different possible restart dates it's been a mad 12 months, and hard to get ready for a season. 

However, O'Shaughnessy is happy with the way in which his side have been able to get fit and ready for the season in such strange times, and says that it's the mental side of things, not the physical that was the tough part during the marathon off season.  

"The lads have been looking after themselves, they've done really well so far.

"I think the biggest thing for us was mentally keeping going, physically we have all been working hard, but mentally it's when are you going to start, and to be fair they looked well today."

Matt Baldwin - Airbus Media

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