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The Airfield, Chester Road
Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DR
v KINMEL BAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
Second half domination provides Airbus with first win of the season.
The Wingmakers beat Kinmel Bay in ruthless fashion with a comfortable 6-2 victory back at Kinmel’s home ground.
After a tough match the week previous against the same opposition, the away side were keen to rectify the errors that had led to them coming away with just a single point and were anxious to get an early impact.
Airbus had a debutant in Lees starting and Allibone was competing in her first match of the season which added strength and a new dimension to the team. The away side also had two substitutes to call upon too in Twohig and McKeogh when needed which was an automatic improvement on last week when they were at their bare eleven.
From the off the composure amongst Airbus was superb with every player looking relaxed when in possession and coolly stroking the ball around the field. Possession was entirely dominated by them and Kinmel Bay were left chasing air for long periods in the first half. The score line, however, did not reflect this for twenty five minutes.
Allibone, Goodall, Williams, Borley, Hyndman, and Lees all had efforts on goal in the early periods of the match but no one could get the breakthrough. It was fantastic to see so many options being made and so many strikes on goal coming from all directions, the goal was inevitably going to come, it was simply a matter of when and from whom.
On the left wing Allibone had an early chance when Borley played in her but opted to come inside on her right rather than take on the shot first time with her left much to the exasperation of coach Arrowsmith. Smith was causing problems with her deep corners, Lees and Goodall both having chances to score. Hyndman and Lees were linking up well down the right hand side and from their good work Borley was set up by a stunning cross by Lees but could not quite get her head to the ball. Borley and Lees were causing all sorts of trouble up top which left Goodall and Williams with more space to get long range efforts away.
The breakthrough came when Goodall put Lees through who then had the poise to play a cheeky chip from 20 yards out over the top of the goalkeeper who stood no chance.
At one nil and controlling the game, from a spectator’s point of view you would have been forgiven for thinking the away side were going to walk away with the game. But their composure became a hindrance as they began to take too long on the ball, or look to take it too far rather than releasing the ball. Before the away side knew it they had relinquished their lead. Sloppy defending from Scammell allowed their no.14 to bring the ball down into the area and score a cracking goal.
Kinmel Bay’s spirit immediately lifted and they were soon closing down everything quicker and stronger. Airbus, however, were unfazed and took just two minutes to get back in front. With the ball pinging around the pitch and no one taking control of the match, Lees took matters into her own hands and hit a sublime shot from 30 yards out.
For the rest of the first half neither side could grasp a hold on the game and continued to create chances at both ends. Kinmel Bay had an excellent opportunity to level just before the whistle blew after Dolman was harshly judged to have passed the ball back to Friend. The indirect free kick was initially blocked but the free kick taker got another shot away, but the defence managed to clear their line just in time to hear the half time whistle go.
The match was far from over and the away side knew they would have to dig deep to prevent slack blunders from creeping into their game.
The Wingmakers could not have asked for a better start to the second half and had a two goal cushion within minutes. Williams hit a driving corner long with Goodall waiting patiently to score low and hard into the bottom left hand corner. From that point onwards Airbus made certain that the game was beyond the home side’s reach. Minutes later Borley made a searching run down the left, cut inside and laid it off for Goodall to steer into the opposite corner from where she had scored just moments earlier. The skipper was next on the score sheet as this time she drove straight into the area and took the shot on herself, scoring at the near post. Allibone made it a definitive victory when she got hold of a parried shot and made no mistake on the rebound.
The only blemish of the second half was that the Wingmakers failed to shut up shop and allowed the feisty central midfielder from Kinmel Bay to score their second of the day.
It was a convincing victory from Airbus and they will be looking to carry their momentum into their first home match of the season against Holyhead next weekend.
Player of the match: Jodie Goodall
Airbus: Friend, Dolman, Smith, Scammell, Shute, Hyndman, Williams, Goodall, Allibone, Lees and Borley (c). Subs: Twohig and McKeogh.