Football

RAF Ladies Record Historic Inter Services Win Over Army

A 1-0 win at RAF Cosford means they can win the title against the Navy next week.

The Royal Air Force ladies team have beaten the Army women's side in an Inter Services match for the first time in ten years.

A 1-0 victory at RAF Cosford saw the RAF lift the Carrington Cup.

Zara McIntosh’s goal means the RAF will retain the Inter Services title by beating the Navy next week in Portsmouth.

The Air Force made a bright start and took the lead inside the first 15 minutes.

RAF captain Cat Beaver won the ball from the Army midfield and slid the ball through to McIntosh to score.

Midway through the first half, the Army had the ball in the back of the net themselves.

Rachel Rigby's cross was converted by Libby Dixon, but the Middlesbrough striker's celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.

The match ball for the game was delivered by helicopter from RAF Shawbury.

The Army kept coming though.

Shannon Morgan was denied by a wonderful save from RAF goalkeeper Laura Parsons while minutes later, Del Clifford headed inches wide.

In the second half, the Army's bad luck continued. Rigby hit the bar with a long-range strike and Dixon hit the post after rounding Parsons.

The RAF should have finished the game off with 10 minutes to go.

A cross from the right fell perfectly for McIntosh, but she was unable to repeat her earlier achievement, only able to poke wide from six yards.

The miss ramped up the nerves, but the RAF held on.

The Royal Air Force's destiny is now in their own hands - a win against the Royal Navy next week will secure them the Inter Services title.