Football

Army Suffer 1-0 Defeat Against Essex

The Army women's football team have lost their first fixture under new head coach Sergeant Lee Barry.

The Army women's football team have been beaten 1-0 by Essex in the Southern Counties Cup.

The result is the first Army loss since head coach Sergeant Lee Barry took charge last year.

Courtney Lumley’s goal was the difference between the two sides and took Essex top of the table.

The goal was the first highlight of the game coming after just ten minutes.

Lumley's effort from range looked speculative, but she provided the accuracy and power to beat the Army goalkeeper Daisy Burnfield with the strike.

The Army drew their opening game of the tournament away to Middlesex in October while Essex thrashed the RAF in Aveley.

It was a match where defences stood tall as both sides failed to create many goalscoring opportunities.

In this game at Aldershot, the away side looked most likely to grab a second goal as Holly Turner was denied by Burnfield.

The goalkeeper pulled off a tremendous save to deny the Essex player using the tip of her gloves to flick the shot onto the post.

The Army were much improved in the second half but found it difficult to break through an organised Essex defence.

They completed just one shot on target throughout the game and failed to engineer an equalise as full-time came.

The Army’s Inter Services campaign will begin on March 10 against the RAF at The New Saints Football Club in Wales.