Football

Army Men Win Fourth Consecutive Inter Services Trophy

A 1-1 draw with the Navy in Yeovil was enough for them to take home the title.

The Army men’s team are Inter Services champions after a 1-1 draw against the Navy sealed the title.

After a stunning 3-0 win over the RAF in the opening game, the Army knew they needed only a draw to be crowned champions at Yeovil’s Huish Park.

Dan Stoneman’s first minute strike was cancelled out by the Navy’s Andy Todd in the first half, but it was the Army celebrating on the final whistle.

Before the match, both teams paid their respects to former Army player Sergeant Rene Regis who died recently.

It was the Army who made the perfect start, taking the lead inside the first minute. It was a great pass from Adam Wakely that released Stoneman and he diverted past the goalkeeper for an early goal.

The Navy responded well though. Stoneman gave away a needless free-kick and from the delivery, Todd powered a header into the far corner. It was superb header, leaving Army goalkeeper Luke Cairney helpless.

The Navy had some momentum and nearly doubled their tally minutes later. Ryan McKechnie broke through and powered at goal, but Cairney made a good save to keep the scores level.

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The Navy red card did not prove to be an important factor in the result.

There were a number of Army chances to retake the lead, but the best of them fell to Ryan Paddock. The midfielder swept his effort towards goal from six yards, but a terrific one-handed save from Navy goalkeeper Steve Cross kept him out.

As the chances dried up, the frustration started to show and the Navy ended the game with ten men. McKechnie went in with a clumsy tackle on the Army goalkeeper and the referee was forced to bring out the red card.

In the end, the Navy held on to a point and it was draw that meant the Army had won their fourth consecutive Inter Services Championships.