UKAF stunned by Chelsea late show in Armistice Day fixture


A late Chelsea comeback denied the UK Armed Forces women's football team a result to remember at Kingsmeadow Stadium.

An inspiring performance from the military team saw them leading until the 85th minute thanks to a comical Cerys Brown own goal.

However, Reanna Blades levelled with five minutes to go before Kelci Bowers headed a dramatic 95th-minute winner for Chelsea's academy side.

UKAF and Chelsea agreed to this high-profile fixture to celebrate Armistice Day on Thursday and the forces team rose to the occasion.

They had the majority of the chances in the first hour with Libby Dixon going close on a number of occasions.

It was a mistake at the back for Chelsea that gave Sergeant Karl Milgate's Forces team a 1-0 lead.

Dixon put pressure on the Blues defence and that led to a mix-up between Brown and her goalkeeper Hope Smith with the ball ending up in the back of the net from the defender's touch.

UKAF defended bravely as the night went on and it looked as though they were about to seal a famous result.

However, Blades and Bowers were both given the opportunity to turn it around for Chelsea - and they took it.

A disappointing end for UKAF, which will be hard to take, but on the whole, a performance that proved where they stand against some of the best talent in women's football.