Football

Brize Norton Win Historic RAF Challenge Cup Title

Their victory in the final sealed a treble of trophies for the season, and a first RAF Cup in 29 years.

Brize Norton have won the RAF Challenge Cup after beating Coningsby in the final in Oxford.

RAF Brize Norton ran out 5-3 winners and lifted their first RAF Cup in 29 years.

The victory also means Brize Norton have completed a treble after winning the London League Cup and the RAF League.

They started with momentum and took the lead after 27 minutes. Jack Brown-Porter’s cross was met by the looping header of James Morrison to make it 1-0.

RAF Coningsby hit back immediately though as Steve Norton volleyed in Lee Gemmell’s measured cross.

There was still time for another goal in the first half. Sam Hollis delivered the long pass but it was Mike Atkinson who provided the perfect finish to make it 2-1 to Brize Norton.

Wez Christian Goal RAF Cup 2019 Credit BFBS 17052019.jpg
Wez Christian's goal was turning point for RAF Brize Norton.

In the second half, Brize could have widened their advantage. Ali Izzard’s header thundered back off the crossbar and Coningsby took advantage of that missed chance.

They levelled in the 65th minute as Norton bagged his second goal after a nice one-two with Josh Brason.

The come-back was complete for Coningsby five minutes later. Brason was given the freedom of Oxford to smash in and make it 3-2 to men in red.

They led for just a minute. Dave Wanless’ perfect header made the score 3-3 and took the game into extra-time.

In extra time, Brize Norton took control of the game.

With just five minutes to go of the 30, they retook the lead. Wez Christian was on the end of Wanless’ clever pass and fired into the top corner to take Brize Norton closer to the treble.

They even put the icing on the cake. Wanless’ second goal made it 4-2 to Brize Norton and their long wait for the RAF Cup was over.