The Army has secured a comfortable win over the Royal Navy in the opening game of the 2018 Under-23 Inter-Services Football Championships.

Its young talent overcame that of the defending champions, with the final score 3-0 in Portsmouth.

Much of the first half of the game saw no goals, however.


But after 42 minutes, the Army came to life when a free kick gave Sean Thomson the chance to fire one home into the corner of the net.

This was followed up by an incredible goal by Darren Humphries, who doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort only 50 seconds after the break.

The Navy came close to scoring, pushing one just over the bar from a long-range free kick, but it was the men in red took control to make up for a couple of disappointing displays last season.

Their skipper, Sean Woolley, made himself busy round goal as the game drew to a close.

He had one attempt blocked and sent another wide - but was integral in the third and final goal, with substitute Rob Shaw putting the gloss on the win deep in stoppage time.

Army head coach Captain Paul Dale told Forces Network that the team's offensive strategy paid off. You can take a look below:

The victory comes a year after the Navy had won 4-2 in Aldershot.

The Army will now take a break next week, with the RAF hosting the Navy in Cosford.

The final game of the tournament will see the Army at home to the Air Force in Aldershot, at 2pm UK time on February 21.

It'll be a special day for Captain Dale, as his final match in charge of the team before leaving the military.

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