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'I Can Go Back To Work With A Smile On My Face': New UKAF Head Coach Reacts To Debut Win

Flight Sergeant Dyfan Pierce was speaking after his first game in charge of the UK Armed Forces men's football team.

Flight Sergeant Dyfan Pierce has said he is "very happy" after his UK Armed Forces men's football team beat Loughborough University 4-0 in Aldershot.

It was Flt Sgt Pierce's first match in charge of the team and - because the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in previous fixtures being cancelled - it was also the team's first game in 19 months.

He said: "We had games last year that were cancelled but it's great to get that over the line, to get a clean sheet and a 4-0 win.

"Whatever the opposition was, it was important for us to get the win.

"I'm very happy and can go back to work with a smile on my face."

The match against the students was the first warm-up for the 2021 Kentish Cup, where the UKAF will play the French Armed Forces in November's opening game.

Watch: Highlights of UKAF's 4-0 victory over Loughborough University.

In the match against Loughborough, UKAF was dominant as goals from Jake Gosling, Jack Debnam, Mike Campbell and Matthew Evans sealed victory.

Flt Sgt Pierce is hoping those performances will lead UKAF to another Kentish Cup triumph.

He said: "We've obviously won it four years in a row.

"We want to continue that and get the fifth win.

"It's a fantastic competition that we work in and a great platform for these boys to go and play international football.

"It's outstanding and another step up for them from the single service game."

The next step on the Kentish Cup preparation tour sees UKAF face off with the Irish Defence Force.

The new head coach said: "That will be a different challenge for us but, ultimately, one that we want to win as well.

"We've done well over the years but that will be a tougher challenge.

"Physically, that will be harder.

"We'll build on what we've done today and hopefully we'll get the result we need."