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Forget The World Cup: Army Football Teams Battle It Out In Germany

The World Cup may be in full swing in Russia but in Germany, all eyes have been on 1st Battalion, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment,...

The World Cup may be in full swing in Russia but in Germany, all eyes have been on 1st Battalion, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR), which has just picked up a top football trophy.

Its footballers beat the sappers of 35 Engineer Regiment 3-1 to win what could be the very last British Army (Germany) League Cup final.

It was also 35's final appearance as a team before the regiment disbands - and they were keen to go out on a high.   They had a setback early on, however, when a hard tackle led to an amazing goal from the halfway line by 1PWRR Lance Corporal Ian Dawson.

The Tigers' hopes were further boosted by a goalkeeper who was hellbent on thwarting all efforts to level the score.

They then increased the tally 12 minutes into the second half, as a corner deflected into the back of the net to double their lead.

A penalty, however, finally gave the Sappers the break they needed.

But it was to be the Tigers' day as a spectacular goal propelled them to a 3-1 victory.

It was a sweet moment for team captain Corporal Lee Ralfe, who told Forces Network:

"Playing in the BA(G) League there are some really tough opponents but 35 - they've been brilliant throughout this league. They are always a good outfit and a tough opponent to break down but we've walked away with the trophy so it means a lot to 1PWRR."

The Tigers may have a chance to defend their title as officials haven't ruled out one last Army Germany League Cup final in 2019.

The Army's last major units in Germany move to Britain next year.