The Army’s Corporal Adam Wakely has praised his team’s “brilliant start” after a comprehensive 3-0 win over the RAF.
The game was the opening fixture of the Inter Services football competition and the Army were looking to defend the title they have held since 2015.
Wakely scored twice within 14 minutes and thinks the good start, as well as a solid defence, played a big part in the win.
He said: “It was a brilliant start from us. We put them straight on the back foot and got a great result. The third goal killed it, to be honest:
“We managed to defend well for the last fifteen minutes and a great 3-0 win. It’s another great result.
“We had a solid back four and the goalkeeper was quality today.”
For Wakely, the win is another message to their rivals that they will not let go of the title easily.
He said: “It makes a good statement. We’ll end on a high in the first game and take it into the second game.
“We just have to play well. We have good players so we have to play well and beat them.”
Meanwhile, RAF captain Sergeant Carl Evans tried to take the positives from a disappointing result.
He said: “The result is not a good result when you look at it on paper, but I think as a game, we reacted to being two goals down early on.
“We had a game-plan that we set out with and that changed quite early. From then on, we showed what we can do.
“We gave a good account of ourselves in periods and introduced some young players into the squad. They did themselves really proud and did the Air Force proud as well.”
He also was full of praise for the Army, but still hasn’t given up hope of winning the title.
“They were really well organised and their squad hasn’t changed much in the last few years. They’ve played together a lot. Once they got ahead, they had a game-plan that we had to try and beat.
“The competition isn’t over.
“If we win next week, it’s back to the Army against the Navy. Anything can happen.”