RAF U23s frustrated by 10-man Navy team in tense Inter Services opener

Strong defences were the theme of the day as the RAF and Navy played out a nervous 0-0 draw in the opening match of the U23 Inter Services.

A red card for Royal Navy captain Jack Wright, which will mean he is suspended for their clash with the Army, was the headline at the match in London.

The Air Force looked the more likely to grab the winner but neither side could break the deadlock in the 90 minutes.

It was a first half of few chances as defensive play, particularly from the Navy, dominated the action.

RAF winger Logan Buick went closest to scoring but failed to connect to Matt Hendry's low cross.

The second half saw more of the same with the attacking talent on the pitch struggling to make an impact.

With 14 minutes to go, the Navy went down to 10 men.

Their captain Wright saw the threat of Buick bursting through and shoved the RAF winger to the ground in the definition of a professional foul.

The referee pulled out the red card but the Navy skipper clearly felt like he had no other choice but to take one for the team.

Despite the man advantage, the Air Force failed to grab a winner and the 0-0 draw means the title race is still in the balance going into match two of the tournament.

You can watch both of the Army v RAF and Navy v Army matches LIVE with Forces News over the next two weeks.

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