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Airbus UK Broughton: United star Owen witnesses late show from Wingmakers

MICHAEL Owen watched on as a hotly-disputed late penalty ensured Airbus UK Broughton dented The New Saints’ hopes of retaining their Welsh Premier League crown.

The Flintshire-based Manchester United and England striker looked to be heading home happy after his brother-in-law Richie Partridge put the defending champions back in front in Friday’s top-of-the-table clash.

But back came Airbus and – cheered on by a season-high Airfield crowd of 392 – they snatched a 2-2 draw two minutes from time after an assistant referee spotted Carl Owen had been fouled by former Wingmaker Craig Jones.

Captain Mark Allen slotted in the resulting spot-kick – his side’s seventh of the campaign – to leave Harrison delighted and the Airbus manager’s counterpart furious.

TNS boss Mike Davies, whose second-placed team are now eight points behind runaway leaders Bangor City, said: “The referee’s killed us. It’s cost us the game.”

Harrison felt the officials made the right decision. He said: “I’m sure we’ll have a few this season that I won’t agree with and I’m sure Mike will get a few lucky ones as well.”

The visitors took the lead five minutes before the break, Matty Williams firing in after Kristian Rogers spilled a 25-yarder from Danny Holmes, but they were pegged back moments later when Steve Evans scored an own goal.

The excitement continued after the restart when former Chester City winger Partridge curled in a 49th-minute beauty.

But there was still time for Allen to rescue a point for third-placed Airbus, who head to Haverfordwest County on Saturday for a live S4C clash (3.45pm).

A weakened Airbus side lost 2-0 at TNS on Tuesday in the second round of the League Cup. The second leg takes place next month.