Airbus UK Broughton 0Wolverhampton Wanderers XI 3
THE biggest game of the Wingmakers’ preseason ended in a heavy defeat for the hosts, but there was little between Airbus and the Wolves XI for long periods.
Mostly made up of youth players, the Wolves side featured Jake Cassidy – the striker sold to Wolves by Airbus last season for which this match was part of the fee – and Austrian international and former Bayern Munich midfielder Stefan Maierhofer.
Airbus, playing a counter-attacking game, weathered plenty of shots by Wolves early on and on the half-hour came the home side’s first serious opportunity, Craig Whitfield’s effort from range narrowly missing the target.
Soon afterwards Mike Hayes just failed to connect with an Ian Sheridan cross to the far post that would have given Airbus the lead.
On 38 minutes right-back Matt Doherty was played in down the right-hand side of the penalty area to open the scoring for Wolves.
Just before the break Maierhofer and Tommy Holmes clashed, Holmes going off with a facial injury.
When play resumed Wolves doubled their lead Jack Price tapping home from close range.
After the break on 56 minutes Ian Sheridan had a couple of shots blocked and saved by Wolves.
Mark Cadwallader then came on and almost pulled a goal back after bursting through the defence.
Cassidy almost scored after beating the Airbus defence single-handedly with a mazy run, but the match was settled by Nat Mendez-Laing, whop curled an effort round Niki-Lee Bulmer into the far corner of the net for an impressive finish.
Airbus travel to Porthmadog on Saturday (2.30pm).