Posted: Sat 22nd Mar 2014

Wingmakers secure Europa League place with win over Rhyl.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Mar 22nd, 2014

AIRBUS FC 2 – 1 RHYL ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Wingmakers went into this game knowing that a win would seal a Europa League spot, and keep the pressure on TNS at the top of the table. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The opening 10 minutes were played at a high tempo as both sides looked to take an early lead. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On eight minutes Steve Jones struck the inside of the near post for Airbus after he found himself through on goal. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Airbus went in front on 12 minutes when Ryan Wade crossed from the byline into the area, and the ball was turned home from a few yards by Rhyl defender Ryan Astles for an unfortunate own goal. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Five minutes later the Wingmakers captain Ian Kearney charged forward and drove a shot narrowly wide, but seconds later they were 2-0 up. From a corner, a thumping Chris Budrys header doubled the Airbus advantage on 20 minutes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The scoreline was harsh on the visitors who had pushed forward at every opportunity through Steve Lewis, and former Wingmakers Paul McManus and Mark Cadwallader. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On 34 minutes Budrys picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Rhyl goalkeeper Alex Ramsey. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Shortly before the break Rhyl were forced into a change when a knock to Dave Forbes saw him replaced by former Airbus forward Jon Bathurst. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On the stroke of half-time the away side pulled a goal back with Steve Lewis accurately firing home a low shot from a cross into the area to make it 2-1. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Similar to the first, the second-half began with both teams going close as the action went from end to end. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On 62 minutes Steve Jones attempted a low long-range drive which went narrowly wide for Airbus before Rhyl replaced Paul McManus with Tom Donegan. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On 65 minutes Ryan Wade fired wide as the Wingmakers tried to take advantage of their increasing possession to extend their lead. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

With just under quarter of an hour to go, Steve Lewis went close to grabbing a second for Rhyl with a snap-shot just off target. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

With 10 minutes to go the Wingmakers replaced Ryan Wade with Steve Abbott before Rhyl introduced Josh Williams in place of Mark Cadwallader. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There were fewer clear-cut opportunities in the second-half but neither team were sitting back. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Ultimately the Wingmakers held on to clinch the points and another European adventure this summer, with one eye still on the title. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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