Comeback Kings: Navy Overcome Early Goals To Beat RAF

The Navy could now win the title by defeating the Army in the second game of the tournament.

The Royal Navy have won their opening game of the Inter Services Under 23 Championships.

Playing against the RAF in Portsmouth, the Navy made a shocking start and were 2-0 down within 12 minutes.

However, a fantastic second-half performance helped them complete a great come-back and win the game with a 3-2 scoreline.

This is the first game of the tournament for both of these teams and with the Army waiting, they were looking to show what they are made of.

It was the Airmen who showed up from the start. Just five minutes in, Liam Wood found himself in plenty of space and smacked the ball into the bottom corner from close range.

It was poor marking from the Navy but it got worse moments later. James Eden is usually a reliable goalkeeper for the home side, but he gifted the RAF a second goal.

He took too long with his kick and the ball was charged down by Alan Woodcock. The striker effortlessly took the ball onto his right foot and buried his shot putting the RAF in dreamland.

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The RAF felt like an important victory was in grasp, but it soon slipped away.

The euphoria didn’t last long though as the Navy pulled one back three minutes later.

Ben Briers took aim from long-range and his sliced shot fell perfectly into the path of Lewis Cooper. The HMS Queen Elizabeth star made no mistake with his finish and the Navy were back in the game.

It was a two-minute spell at the start of the second half that decided this game.

First, Rhys Williams’ swung in a cross that was expertly headed home by Briers, leaving RAF goalkeeper Matt Cape no chance.

Just after, it was Cooper who rose highest from a corner and his perfectly placed header meant the Navy led the game for the first time. They wouldn’t relinquish that lead.

The home side defended resolutely and held on to the win, meaning they could be crowned Inter Services champions by defeating the Army in two weeks.