IN the Flintshire derby, a young Airbus U19 side was downed by two goals in the last 12 minutes that saw the points head to Connah's Quay in the Welsh Premier Reserve League.
A really bright start from the Wingmakers saw them play the better football and practically dominate proceedings. However, the Nomads danger man, Rhys Healey still showed why he is a constant threat with his forward runs and pace causing a problem as Nomads tried in vain to his us on the break.
It was Airbus who deservedly took the lead on the half hour though as an excellent Kris Turner free kick was turned home by Josh Place at the far post to send the Wingmakers into a half time lead.
The second period saw Nomads change shape and this, along with the wind at their backs, saw them gain a foothold in the game. However, this did not stop the visitors from producing some excellent football that saw them create chances of their own. An excellent passing move saw striker Tom Hainesworth released down the left, and instead of shooting he unselfishly squared for the unmarked Jordan O'Brien who saw his effort flash wide.
O'Brien also had an effort disallowed for an earlier offside only minutes later and at this point the game started to turn in Nomads favour. With 12 minutes to go the scores were level. Nomads broke down the right hand side and an excellent cross from George Baxter was turned in at the back post. A bitter blow for Airbus who certainly deserved the lead, due to the excellent defending and good fee flowing football played upto this point.
However, they had an even more bitter pill to swallow just 4 minutes later as the home side took an undeserved lead. A free kick from the left was turned in at the near post to leave Airbus shell shocked. A massive response was needed and the wingmakers responded. All of the football was now being played in the Nomads half and the pressure was all on the Nomads goal. The best chance to level the scores came in stoppage time and it again fell to Jordan O'Brien, he saw his effort fly agonisingly just over the bar.
In all, the youth side can be very proud of their performances today. They matched, and at times bettered, a very good Nomads side that have been together for three years now. This is a massive achievement for a side that this time last year were competing in the opening fixture of the Academy Cup. It was also noted that at the end of the game Nomads didnot have one outfield player who was in the U17 bracket where as Airbus finished with nine. The young wingmakers earned, and deservedly so, a massive amount of respect to today even if the result didn't go the way they wanted it. Onwards and upward to Newtown next week.