THE Young Wingmakers were celebrating as the Under 16 secured the National Title after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Neath. The Under 16 returned to play in their second Newtown showpiece in 3 seasons.
This experience showed in the early exchanges as the North Wales side started the brightest as Airbus came out playing their usual confident style of passing football on a bumpy surface. However, it was the South Wales side that had the game's opening chance.
A long diagonal ball fell to their right winger who saw his goal bound effort expertly blocked by Kyle Amos. It was the young Wingmakers who then started to dominate the chances as well as possession. Zyaac Edwards had a sweeping effort brilliantly turned over the bar by the Neath keeper following a good team move. From the resulting corner Connor Littler went extremely close as his goal bound header was cleared off the line.
The next chance was probably the best of the game up to this point as Littler played in Josh Rimmer who beat the keeper with his looping effort but he couldn't beat the crossbar as his effort hit the bar not once but twice. However, Airbus weren't to be denied for much longer.
A quick throw in found Connor Littler on the corner of the box. He spun quickly and unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top corner of the net. This goal gave the Wingmakers the impetus and a jinking run from Zyaac Edwards, which saw him beat 4 players in the confined spaces of the Neath box, was cut back for Jared Jones who's effort was hammered into the defender on the line.
Zyaac was at the heart of everything as he pounced on a loose pass from the Neath defender and his curling effort cannoned into the cross bar. The young Wingmakers went into half time 1-0 up but it could so easily have been 4-0 and game over. The second half started with Neath throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Airbus. This pressure soon told as from needless set piece Neath levelled.
The corner was swung in deep and the centre backs header was deflected twice before it eventually crept over the line to make it 1-1. Now back in the game and with their tails up Neath started to apply the pressure and turn the screw. It almost seemed like a relentless barrage and the back line and 2 central midfielders for the Wingmakers had to head, tackle and put their bodies in front of everything they could to keep the game level.
This was typified when the Neath centre forward skipped round Nathan Williams and as he was about to put the ball in the net Rhys Wingeatt came from nowhere and somehow managed to clear off the line. With 11 minutes to go though, it was Airbus that had the last laugh. A diagonal ball from Craig Williams found Josh Rimmer who rounded the keeper and planted his effort into the empty net to give the Wingmakers the lead.
Again, Neath proceeded to throw everything at us in the final 10 minutes and the young Wingmakers have Nathan Williams to thank for preserving their lead with two minutes to go. A sweeping move saw them get behind our full back and pull back for the expectant striker. As he pulled the trigger Nathan stood tall and produced an excellent save to keep Airbus 2-1 in front.
This proved to be the last action of the game and the final whistle blew to provide the cue for the celebrations that meant Airbus UK Broughton Under 16 were Champions of Wales.
Airbus Under 16 crowned Champions of Wales
- News archive 2012