A team from RAF Odiham has won this year's RAF Akrotiri 7s football tournament after three days of tough competition under sweltering heat in Cyprus.

The event - previously known as the Carter Cup - began in 1971.

This year it saw 11 teams drawn from units based in the country, as well back in Britain, battle it out for the trophy on the Mediterranean island, where temperatures average at 25C.

After three days and 13 matches, the action came down to two finals, each involving seven-man teams and 15-minute halves.

First up was the Bowl, which saw the two best runners-up teams going head-to-head: RAF Akrotiri's Engineering Wing FC and Real Chadwell, taken from the base's air traffic control and operations wing.

RAF Akrotiri 7s 2017

It was the engineers who showed the most intent from the off - and they were soon rewarded.

A clever one-two put Ben Rennie through the Chadwell defence to slot home the red and white side's first goal.

And it could have been many more, with the yellows' goal coming under repeated fire.

RAF Akrotiri 7s 2017

A second did come shortly afterwards though, Owain Fitzgerald latching onto a pass from midfield to hit home and double the lead.

That was how the scores were to stay - the engineers running out 2-0 winners. Team manager Corporal Michael Derrick said:

"We almost didn't enter a team. We struggled. On Friday we had six players. The lads just pulled it out of the bag, managed to get off work [and] put the effort in.

"Some of them have literally ran all day, and it shows. They've done... really well."

Also hoping to do well were this year's finalists.

The last match saw a side from RAF Odiham, in Hampshire, take on the locals - Akrotiri's Joint Logistics Squadron (JLS).

The sides were pretty evenly matched but it was Odiham with the early chances - and eventually their power showed.

Playing in white, the visitors worked a move down the wing, with Miles Easton rolling the ball home.

RAF Akrotiri 7s 2017

After losing in the final last year, JLS were determined to avoid a repeat.

They might have equalised had it not been for a spectacular goal-line clearance.

But they could have conceded more, too, had it not been for goalkeeping heroics.

In the end a last minute onslaught wasn't enough. The game ended 1-0 to Odiham - the silverware heading for Hampshire.

And as soon as they'd changed into their favoured home strip, they were out and ready to celebrate. Team skipper Corporal Simon Newman said:

"It's a big achievement for us, coming from the UK... not [being] used to the heat, not [being] used to the ground... We're proud."

With the Aki 10s rugby tournament now a firm fixture on the military sporting calendar, it is hoped this tournament also continue to grow in size and stature.

For the RAF's busiest operational airbase, being able to host this sort of event while still conducting operations is definitely something to celebrate.

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