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Airbus UK Broughton: Wingmakers make history inb Welsh Cup but lose out in league knockout competition

A TOUGH Welsh Premier League Cup tie against The New Saints saw Airbus acquit themselves well in defeat on Tuesday.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, the Wingmakers new they had a chance against the full-timers, who brought former Airbus boss Craig Harrison back to the Airfield.

After only a minute, the visitors created the first opportunity as Barry Hogan headed straight at Airbus keeper Niki-Lee Bulmer.

Chris Seargeant curled a shot against the crossbar for TNS on 12 minutes and a minute later, Harrison’s side took the lead.

From a corner, former Airbus target Sam Finley turned and fired a low shot home to make it 1-0 on the night, and 3-1 to TNS on aggregate.

The second half began with Eddie Hope driving a shot wide and Jon Bathurst headed the wrong side of the post on 54 minutes.

Airbus had their chances and late on introduced Mike Hayes to try to salvage the game but ultimately TNS’ fitness and extra training told as they went through.

Airbus: Bulmer, Taylor, Worton, Connolly (McCartney 60), G Cadwallader, Grannon, M Cadwallader, Hope (Hayes 80), Thompson, Danks (Whitfield 60), Bathurst. Subs: Morrison, Roberts, Griffiths, Davies.

Attendance: 238.

On Saturday, Airbus made history as they reached the last four of the Welsh Cup for the first time in their 66-year history.

They scored a convincing 3-1 win over struggling Welsh Premier rivals Carmarthen Town to set up a clash with Cefn Druids in the semi finals.

Their first home game in six weeks saw Airbus without injured captain Glenn Rule and Tommy Holmes.

It was the Wingmakers who took the lead on 16 minutes following a spell of pressure deep in the Carmarthen half. Adam Worton took the ball just inside the corner of the area and drilled a deflected shot inside the near post to put the Wingmakers 1-0 up.

Airbus dominated the game but only held a one-goal lead at the break.

After the restart, some good saves from Niki-Lee Bulmer and the woodwork kept the Old Gold at bay before on 63 minutes, Airbus made them pay.

Poor defending from Carmarthen saw them fail to clear their lines properly and Nev Thompson was on hand to bundle the ball home and make it 2-0.

With just over 10 minutes to go Old Gold’s Nick Harrhy broke through and slotted past Bulmer to halve the deficit but Jon Bathurst played Mike Hayes in at the death to round Carmarthen keeper Mike Lewis and tap the ball into the empty net to seal Airbus’ passage to the semis.

In stoppage time, a nasty challenge from Kieron Howard saw Airbus’ Ryan Edwards stretchered off injured.

Airbus: Bulmer, Taylor, Worton, Connolly, G Cadwallader, Hope (Grannon 64), Edwards, M Cadwallader, Thompson, Danks (Bathurst 81), Whitfield (Hayes 78). Attendance: 110.