IN what was always going to be a tight encounter against fellow Flintshire side gap Connah's Quay, the Under 16s showed incredible desire to claim a place in the Academy Cup Final.

Harvey Ellis opened the scoring for the U16 in the first half as he finished off an excellent set play routine.

The second half proved to be just as much of a battle as the first, with the game being played at breakneck speed and with thunderous tackles flying in left, right and centre. 

A second goal was certainly needed and it duly arrived with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. A soft free kick was conceded on the right hand side and it was expertly delivered by Tom Cain. Captain, Connor Hughes showed he wanted to get on the end of the delivery more than anyone as he crashed his header home!

This seemed to settle Airbus and they created more chances with both Lewys Turner and Kai Hardcastle going close but both were denied by good blocks from Nomads' defenders.

With stoppage time approaching, Nomads gave themselves a lifeline as their left winger cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable effort past keeper Tom Lewney to reduced arrears. This made for a nervy finish to a pulsating encounter, with Nomads throwing bodies forward in search of an equaliser. 

It wasn't to be however as the young Wingmakers valiantly held on to claim a North Wales record sixth appearance in an Academy Final. A huge congratulations to all the players and staff of the U16 as they go chasing the Academy's fifth National Academy Cup crown.

The final against Merthyr Town will be held at Newtown's Latham Park stadium this coming Sunday (1st May) and the kick off time is yet to be confirmed by the FAW. As soon as we receive the information, it will be on the Academy website and our Twitter and Facebook feeds. 

Photo: The Under-16s celebrate their second goal.