Football

RAF Odiham Win RAF Cup

An extra-time goal from Adam Loveridge was the difference for RAF Odiham in the final against RAF Marham.

RAF Odiham have won the RAF Cup for the first time ever after beating RAF Marham 2-1 in extra-time.

Martyn Williams' penalty gave Marham a first-half lead in Oxford, but goals from Jordan Jones and Adam Loveridge gave Odiham their first-ever cup triumph.

Odiham found themselves in the final after their semi-final against RAF Akrotiri could not go ahead because of travel restrictions from Cyprus.

The team nearly went behind inside 15 minutes as a corner was allowed to drop inside the six-yard, only for Reece Coles to hit the crossbar from close range.

It was a penalty decision that gave Marham the opening goal.

Tarren Moxon span away into the penalty area and was brought down by a late challenge, but play went on.

When the penalty was given, it led to confusion if a handball had been seen but it was the late challenge on Moxon which was punished.

Williams didn't care for the confusion though and the Marham skipper rattled his side in front with a confident penalty past RAF Men's goalkeeper Christian Paulat-Brigg.

Odiham nearly hit back immediately.

A long throw was flicked on by Matt Swales and Marham defender Charles Eccott saw his deflection take the ball onto the post.

Martyn Williams' cool penalty gave RAF Marham a 1-0 lead.

It was a let-off for Marham but in the second half, a defensive error was punished by Odiham.

Coles' needless foul on the edge of the box allowed Loveridge to whip a free-kick towards goal from 25 yards.

Marham goalkeeper Lewis Truman kept the shot out but the rebound fell for Odiham top goalscorer Jones who scored with a tidy finish for his seventh goal of the competition.

From there, Odiham had a great chance to grab a winner in normal time but substitute Alex Duxberry's swipe at goal was easily kept out by Truman.

In extra-time, there was only one team who looked like scoring a winning goal.

Loveridge had three great opportunities but was denied by two good saves from Truman, as well as a goal-line clearance by Eccott.

In the end, miscommunication between Truman and his defence cost them dear.

Loveridge nipped in to round the goalkeeper and score the goal that meant Odiham could lift the trophy for the first time in their history.