Football

Kentish Cup 2022: UKAF narrowly miss out on fifth consecutive trophy

The UK Armed Forces men's football team were hoping to beat the French Forces side.

The UK Armed Forces men's football team narrowly missed out on winning a fifth successive Kentish Cup on Friday.

They could only draw 1-1 with the French military side, who because of their superior goal difference, after both sides had beaten the Dutch in their opening games, only needed a draw to reclaim the Cup in its centenary competition.

Returning after a three-year hiatus this month, the Kentish Cup is recognised by UEFA as the oldest cup competition in Europe.

The French side took the lead in the first half through Jonathan Lesage, but after the break, UKAF improved dramatically and got their deserved equaliser, a superb strike from Sam Atkinson.

They tried desperately to get the all-important second goal, without success and had claims for a penalty turned down right at the end of the game.

The French held on to claim their first Kentish Cup title for 10 years, and deny UKAF a record fifth successive title.

You can watch the match back in full on the Forces News YouTube channel.