Source: The Flintshire Chronicle
By David Triggs
Airbus UK Broughton 1 FC Utd of Manchester 4
A STUNNING debut goal from Glenn Rule was one of the few highlights of a ring-rusty pre-season display from Airbus as FC United eased to a well-deserved win.
The Manchester visitors, cheered on by a large contingent of noisy supporters, netted two goals in each half in Saturday’s friendly.
Summer signing Rule, a former Chester City midfielder, provided some cheer for the home fans, blasting home a superb 20-yard free-kick in first-half injury time.
But the FC United goal was rarely threatened on afternoon when Airbus director of football Craig Harrison gave a run-out to his entire first-team squad, while also blooding several youngsters.
FC United, of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, went 2-0 up courtesy of a couple of sharp headers from Scott Metcalfe and Nicky Platt.
Rule’s thunderbolt halved the deficit but the visitors added two goals in the final 15 minutes, Ben Deegan side-footing home before Matthew Woolfenden curled a left-footed shot into the top corner.
Airbus’ line-up included several new faces, including right-back Danny Taylor, a 19-year-old from Deeside who has played in the Football League for Shrewsbury Town.
Exciting young striker Mark Jones, 17, who played for Bodedern in the Welsh Alliance last season, was among the second-half subs used by Harrison.
Airbus’ next first-team friendly is at home to Luton Town of the Blue Square Premier next Tuesday (July 19).
Kick-off at the Airfield is 7.45pm and admission is £6 for adults, £3 for concessions. For under 16s, the prices are £1 (accompanied) and £3 (unaccompanied).