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Football: Airbus claim national academy title as Nomads miss out in extra-time

THE next generation of Airbus starlets have been crowned national champions – but Gap Connah’s Quay suffered heartbreak in the same competition.

Airbus UK Broughton’s Academy celebrated their first ever FAW Academy Cup triumph at Newtown’s Latham Park as the under 14s defeated southern winners Aberystwyth 5-1 to lift the trophy.

Lee Starkey’s Wingmakers took the lead on 10 minutes through Liam Walker.

Aber’s equaliser arrived not long into the second half as Airbus failed to clear a set piece and an Aber defender beat ’Bus keeper Nathan Williams.

But Airbus battled back and Josh Rimmer’s first of the day restored their lead. Just minutes later he nabbed his second and then completed his hat-trick, picking his spot with precision.

Walker’s effort in the 85th minute was the icing on the cake to seal the title.

For Nomads U16s it was a different story as the North Wales champions took on their southern counterparts Port Talbot.

Jamie Wynne opened the scoring with a great header from a Jordan Beck corner.

But Port Talbot came out the stronger in the second half. Daniel Millward and Ryan Jones coped well with the increased pressure at the back but up front George Baxter was unable to find the target.

Disaster struck with a minute of stoppage time to play as Nomads conceded a penalty, Millward adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. The penalty was converted to take the game into extra-time.

Nomads had two efforts cleared off the line but with five minutes left Port Talbot grabbed the winner with a 20-yard volley which beat Joshua Atkin in the Nomads goal.

Nomads’ man-of-the-match – selected by four Welsh FA members – was skipper Ryan Jones.