Lee Owens aims for Welsh Cup silver lining on Airbus' 'crazy' season


Tom Norris

Lee Owens is hopeful that Airbus’s ‘crazy’ campaign can have a ‘silver lining’.
The Wingmakers started the season with hopes of wrestling the Welsh Premier League title away from The New Saints, but inconsistent form, injuries and suspensions have derailed that dream.
Instead, Andy Preece’s men appear on course to finish in their lowest position since the 2011/12 season.
But full-back Owens is focusing on the positives - and believes that still having two chances of qualifying for the Europa League is something to savour.
Airbus entertain Bala tomorrow in the last eight of the Welsh Cup, which guarantees the winners a place in Europe, while Owens and his team mates can also focus on the end of season play-offs should they miss out on second spot.
“The season has been one to forget so far,” said Owens.
“We have kind of dragged ourselves through given the injuries we’ve had, but to still have at least two options of getting into Europe left is a positive.
“This is my fourth season here and it has been crazy and we’ve struggled for consistency, but hopefully there is a silver lining.
We’ve got two chances with the Welsh Cup and the play-offs, and second place is not gone.”
Owens concedes that catching second placed Bala is a big ask, but with only three more wins needed to lift the Welsh Cup - the focus turns to the knockout competition.
“It is the biggest game of the season,” declared Owens, who continued by talking about the recent 3-0 home defeat to Bala, explaining: “We were a million miles away from our usual game that day.
“Bala won’t be expecting us to play like that again and it is an opportunity to put the record straight.”
Central defenders Ian Kearney and Mike Pearson could return for Airbus, who look set to be without Andy Jones through concussion.

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