Rampant Airbus rub shine from old gold

AIRBUS started the new season in fine style, topping the Welsh Premier table after the first round of games with a 5-1 demolition of Carmarthen Town.

There was much to admire in the performance, not least two debut goals from summer signing Tony Gray, both taken in fine style.

The Wingmakers were ahead inside three minutes, Matty McGinn firing a low 35-yard free kick inside keeper Lee Idzi's post.

Ryan Wade was high and wide with a 20-yarder and then hit the top of the crossbar with a spectacular volley from just inside the Old Gold's half.

Wade again went close, this time with a shot at the back post after Wayne and Riley had lobbed Tom Field's cross towards goal.

Again it was Wade leading the charge, driving just wide after a deep Andy Jones cross had been farmed on by Chris Budrys.

But it was the visitors who scored next on 26 minutes when Mark Jones, the Airbus nemesis when with Aberystwyth last season, glanced home a right wing corner.

For a while the game was an even affair before a purpose patch of 10 minutes before the break yielded four goals.

Riley set-up Gray who took his chance with aplomb before Wade added another two minutes later from the edge of the box.

McGinn's long throw found Jones in the area who swivelled before planting a shot past Idzi and Gray again showed his class, turning inside his marker to add his second from Riley's cross.

The hosts were in cruise control after the break, Field sending a 20-yard free kick well over and Wade seeing his narrow angle shot saved by the feet of Idzi.

James Coates was forced into a fine save to prevent Jones from reducing the arrears while Sacha Walters could only produce a weak shot on the break.

But it took a fine reaction save from Idzi to stop Airbus from adding a sxith after young sub James Murphy's shot rebounded off a defender.

Photos (top) Tong Gray scores his second goal and (below) celebrates his first with Wayne Riley.