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Young Wingmakers - The Academy Weekend Review

Young Wingmakers - The Academy Weekend Review

Mike Phythian7 Feb - 22:23
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Matches Played 3rd & 4th February 2024


A long journey awaited the young wingmakers as they travelled over to Llangefni to play Caernarfon. Always a close and competitive fixture. Another fantastic performance from the lads as they battled well in spells and played some excellent football which lead to some well taken goals. Even when going a couple goals down the lads showed fantastic character to keep on doing right things and rightly getting there rewards! Really proud of all them this week but in particular our two GKS!

Players of the week:

Seth Bebbington & Roman Fryer - Not easy being in goal but our young GK'S pulled off some outrageous saves and started some brilliant attacks with there calmness on the ball when playing out from the back


Under 9's travelled to Llangefni to play the Coffi's - a very technical team who have almost set the standard at our age group this season with their ability to play quick football and move it around the pitch with lots of success in different areas. After five minutes of the young wingmakers finding their feet they began to play with high intensity, attacking quickly and then counter pressing when they lost the ball to keep the pressure on their opponents. Passing combinations and individual technical brilliance led to several goals which allowed them to enjoy the ball and their time in the game without much pressure coming towards them. It was nice to see the boys celebrating their goals with some questionable routines which we eagerly await the footage to see! But it does show the team cohesion we've got at this age group at the moment and the understanding between them when they're on the pitch. A real joy for their coaches, their strong year continues and each week we look to work hard on the training ground with fun and challenge to then transfer into match day on a Saturday.

Player's of the week:

Seth Bebbington - Seth this week stepped up from the under 8's to fill in for the 9's, he hasn't had any time with us previously and displayed a calm and mature performance between the sticks making some incredible saves and playing forwards quickly  to get us on the attack.

George Graydon - George, like most weeks showed the leadership skills we've come accustomed to, but secondly to that, he struggled to get into the game in the first 5 mins, we had a little chat and the reaction was quite remarkable, he turned that into positivity, energy and enjoyment for the rest of the morning, leading from the front with his aggressive press and finding some incredible passes from wide areas to provide assists to his team mates.


The U10s travelled up to play Caernarfon this morning where we knew we were going to be in for a good game. We played the ball well going forwards but Caernarfon defended and broke well on the counter attacked making it hard for us to defend. A difficult morning of football for the U10s.

Player's of the week:

Lucus Lovell - His attitude and work rate was brilliant on the ball driving in to space.

George Coy - Showed great determination and was in a positive position to get on the ball throughout the match.


A long journey to play a strong and physical Caernarfon team who press and attack really quickly and with fluidity. The results didn’t go our way this weekend but that doesn’t tell the full story. All games were tight with only 1 goal difference game. Our football was outstanding at times. Hitting the bar and post multiple times. Missing chances is the only downfall of our game, but creating them chances and dominating possession was what we took away and couldn’t be more pleased.

Player of the week:

Harry Jeffries - Led the line well and had great control of the ball in tight situations


The U12’s travelled to Flint. It took a little while for the boys to settle and an early goal for Flint left the boys trailing early on. Once the boys settled down and got our passing game going we looked more like ourselves and finished the half the stronger team. We were 1-0 down at the break. We settled much earlier in the second half and a goal from Arthur Williams after some good play from Harry Williams levelled the score, 1-1. Some slack defending gave a goal away quickly after the restart as we were back to a goal down 2-1. The lads rallied and started to link some passes together. Harry Williams with a fantastic equaliser from the outside of his left foot from distance made it 2-2. The boys then began to dominate the exchanges and a good dynamic run and a great strike brought Jacob mountain what we thought was a winning goal 3-2. However the ref thought otherwise with a questionable penalty for Flint in stoppage time. The final score was 3-3.

Player of the week:

Harry Williams - A goal and an assist for Harry ensured he made a positive contribution to the game in possession.


Another tough day for the under 13s today against a very energetic Flint side. Airbus started the game very well with some very good one touch football and within 3 minutes some great skill and a pass from Max Brown played Noah Al-Dulyami down the left who rifled a shot into the bottom right corner. Flint equalised shortly after.
Flint took the upper hand with the game when they made the most of some defensive mistakes to give them a 6-1 lead going into the half time break..A chat at half time with the boys was to show a better version of themselves and the second half started as the first half and we gifted Flint another goal..Airbus did score a great goal after 60 minutes, when a run by Alfie Edwards down the right and he beat his man with a stepover allowed him to put a cross into the box for Jack Mitchell to dummy and Max Brown fire home.


A U14's performance away at Flint that provided more questions than answers over the 70 minutes. Against the strong wind, we went 1-0 up early with a fine glancing header by Jake Pendlebury after good work from Nataniel Rakowiecki. We contained Flint and although we weren't at our best they didn't really cause us any problems. However in possession, we were careless and our movement on, around and away from the ball needed to improve. 1-0 @ half time. We wanted improvement in the 2nd half, but it was disappointing that we conceded an early goal when we had 2 opportunities to clear the ball. We then played the next 10 minutes in the Flint half and got our rewards as Rhys Ineson floated the ball into the right hand corner with the Flint keeper stranded. We needed to see the game out and got caught out for a 2nd time as Flint equalised. We had a couple of decent chances and numerous corners in the 2nd half but couldn't get the winner. The lads will be disappointed with the result & their performance in possession, however this gives us a good basis to work on again during our training sessions this coming week.

Player of the week:

Jake Pendlebury - Gave 100%, scored a good goal and looked like our most likely chance to ensure a positive result.


After working all week on the high press, defensive balance and increasing their intensity - the U15 flew out of the blocks away at the Essity stadium. Harri Phythian marked his return to the squad with a fine finish into the bottom left hand corner after pouncing on a loose pass from the opposition full back. The energetic Levi Lloyd then added a 2nd shortly after with a good finish at the near post, following intelligent pressing from our forward players. 2-0 and the next goal would be key. We switched off in possession, got caught and were punished meaning we went in 2-1 up at the break. A valiant effort against a decent side and strong wind for 40 minutes. The 2nd half was a scrappy affair with many changes being made by both teams to ensure game time. Flint had a few decent chances from distance & a goal disallowed for off-side as the defensive duo of Charlie Jones & Jack Griffiths managed the back line well throughout the game. Airbus went close to make it 3-1 when Alex Roberts went close, but neither team showed the cutting edge needed in the final 3rd. In the final minute Flint pounced on a loose ball that would see the game end 2-2. A feisty affair but definite progress and many positives shown by the young wingmakers out of possession since returning from the Christmas break.

Player of the week:

Harvey O'Sullivan - Excellent performance both in and out of possession by the lad. Used the ball well in both right back and cdm positions. He got battered and bruised all game by the opposition due to his quality on the ball, however his discipline & decision making out of possession was outstanding and this made him the Airbus U15 player of the week.


We last played Flint on the first game of the season which feels ages ago now & on the day Flint ran out winners to get the season started. The start of the game was quite energetic with both teams trying to figure one another out. Airbus looking to control the tempo with Flint working tremendously hard to win possession. Very limited chances in the first half but the best two fell to Airbus when the ball flashed across the front but Frazer was just too far away & Vaughn striking one from the edge of the area with the goalkeeper making a cracking save. Flint still threatened on the break often getting into some decent positions but the first half ended 0-0. The second half started with Airbus started really well, sustaining attacks and controlling the tempo a lot more. The deadlock was broken when James Allen picked the ball up on the edge body fainted to buy himself a yard of space before rifling it across goal. A couple more chances when a miss from Airbus’ point of view. The longer it goes on the more you’re thinking Flint could grab a goal to equalise but thankfully Airbus finished the game off with Vaughn slotting home when Tom Edwards put him through on goal. All in all a very mature performance showcasing our steps forward as a group.

Player of the week:

James Allen - Made a real positive difference when coming on at half time for his debut. A very well taken goal for his first and really fitted in well with the boys.


Sunday saw Airbus play host to Flint 19’s for the first meeting of the season. Great start to the game from Airbus creating chance after chance and eventually capitalising on a great through ball from new signing Cam Meredith to Robbie Jones to calmly dink it over the flint GK to take an early lead..Flint settled into the game and had a few good chances of their own. Deep in the first half Flint scored an equaliser from poor defensive shape from Airbus from a throw. Second half Airbus started brighter of the two teams again and dominated the ball for 15-20 minutes but didn’t take chances when we had them. Airbus missed a penalty mid way through the second half but quickly got back to business and carved out another chance for Robbie Jones created by Tom Dougherty making an instant impact as a sub, Airbus 2-1 up. Airbus created so many chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net. Deep in to the second half Flint managed to score a corner from poor defending in the second phase and they capitalised on it. Game ended 2-2 draw. It was great to get our 3 new signings on the pitch to make their Airbus home debut Charlie Urquhart, Cam Meredith and Jay Hughes. Three excellent signings for the club.

Player of the week:

Josh Stevenson - Josh is an outstanding young man and great role model to follow. Always putting a solid shift in and putting his body on the line. Even today playing out of position as a full back he had a huge impact. Well deserved Josh, well done

U17 Girls

U17 girls v Henllan. We played on a very unforgiving pitch today. We created our own downfall when we gifted the hosts two goals before half time which was harsh on the girls performance. However the hosts started bossing the midfield so at half time we changed our formation. This solidified our midfield and we started creating chances if our own, but with a bit more quality on the through passes and it might have been a different story. Anna Owen made a few strong runs down the left and one in particular almost resulted in a goal back but Gabby put header just wide. Gabby herself went past her full back but chose to square a pass rather than being greedy and taking it on, which gave their defence a chance to clear. We didn’t cut out all our errors at the back and put pressure on ourselves to concede a penalty. The penalty was saved but they reacted quickest to the rebound and put it away. Our midfield was tiring as we only had 1 sub. Their keeper then cleared our midfield with a kick which bounced kindly for their forward to run through on goal and despatch to make it 4. It was a game to reflect that we were able to put pressure on the league leaders but just that bit of quality evaded us.

Player of the week:

Lilley Gregory - An outstanding performance in goal, with some brave saves including a penalty save, but unfortunately the attacker followed it up.

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