Football

Last-Gasp Goal Defeats UKAF Against Portsmouth

A 2-1 loss at Victory Stadium in HMS Temeraire was UKAF boss Sergeant Karl Milgate's first as head coach.

The UK Armed Forces women’s football team have lost against Portsmouth Women at HMS Temeraire's Victory Stadium.

The 2-1 defeat was Sergeant Karl Milgate's first as UKAF head coach.

Goals from Portsmouth’s Molly Clark and UKAF’s Libby Dixon had the score at 1-1 after just two minutes, but a late winner from Becki Bath sealed the Pompey win.

Sgt Milgate's first game in charge of UKAF ended in an 8-0 win in August, but they fell behind after just 45 seconds in Portsmouth.

The military team failed to defend a cross from the right and Clark’s quick thinking allowed her to poke the ball into the net, despite being laid down on the floor.

Becki Bath scored a late goal to seal a 2-1 win for the FA National League South team.

Sgt Milgate and his coaching staff would have asked for an immediate reaction and they got it as UKAF pulled level within two minutes.

Lois Jacobs broke clear on the left-wing and drilled in a low cross which Dixon converted on the stretch.

UKAF had the best chance of the second half too as Dixon hit the post from 18 yards out.

Unfortunately for the Forces players, they were dealt a late sucker punch.

Bath took advantage of a loose ball to drive at the UKAF defence and beat the goalkeeper with a low left-footed effort.

The full-time whistle delivered frustration for the UKAF players who are preparing for a President's Cup defence in April.