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Army Footballers Let Two-Goal Lead Slip Against Aldershot U23s

The military team had a 3-1 lead, but ended up drawing the match, despite an impressive performance against Aldershot.

The British Army's preparation for their remaining Inter Services match saw them draw 3-3 with Aldershot under 23s.

The match was played at the home of Army Rugby, due to the Military Stadium being reconstructed.

The Army led 3-1 in the second half, but were unable to hold on and drew the match.

Army goalkeeper Luke Cairney has been impressing critics with his performances in the National League South and he continued his good form here.

Tommy Willard's superb strike for the youth team should have opened the scoring but Cairney had other ideas with a stunning flying save.

It was the Army who took the lead thanks to a set-piece.

Aldershot goalkeeper Lewis Booth misjudged the flight of a corner and it gave an easy chance to score through Andy Matthews.

Cairney was tested by Harvey Walker's long-range strike but minutes later, the Aldershot player levelled the score with a fantastic goal.

The forward player found a yard of space to get the ball back onto his left foot before powering a rocket past Cairney, who was helpless in the Army goal.

A goalkeeper's mistake played a part in two of the Army's goals.

Within minutes, the Army reestablished their advantage.

Scott Hynd's cross was met by Dan Walster's looping header but Aldershot's Booth could only parry into his own net.

The game was end to end and Aldershot had a chance to equalise again from the penalty spot.

Graham Williams was penalised for a foul and Leandro Jardim stepped up for Aldershot but he was denied by Cairney's impressive save.

In the second half, the Army made it 3-1.

Aldershot failed to clear their lines from a corner and Jack May was on hand with the diving header for the military team's third of the match.

This was an impressive performance from the Army but Aldershot, who beat the Royal Air Force a few weeks ago, came roaring back into the contest.

Jamie Turner's smart finish reduced the deficit and with minutes to go, the Aldershot frontman was on target again to level the scores.

The final goal came from an Army mistake. Keith Emmerson failed to control Cairney's kick and Aldershot raced away to score.

The Army will look to win the 2020 Inter Services Championships when they play their outstanding match against the Royal Navy in November.

After the match, the Army's Keith Emmerson spoke to us about the result and the upcoming Inter Services showdown with the  Navy.