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UK Forces Soar To Victory Against Irish Rivals

The UK's Armed Forces footballers have beaten the Irish Defence Forces in their annual meeting...

The UK's Armed Forces footballers have beaten the Irish Defence Forces 3-0 in Barry, Wales.

The British team always know to expect a competitive fixture in this annual meeting.

This time around it took them half an hour to find their rhythm, against a side full of young, energetic players, and their first goal had a touch of good fortune about it.

Danny Earle's shot was saved by Irish goalkeeper Shane Sherlock's legs, before Andy Todd managed to climb high to head home.

There was much more attacking from the British team after the break, however.

They went close several times before Keith Emmerson's free-kick eluded everyone on the 3G pitch to go straight in for 2-0.

The third goal was down to some great skill from Staff Sergeant Emmerson, who turned the ball to Mike Campbell to thrash into the net.

And the UKAF could have had more, with an Emmerson corner headed wide by Rob Farkins.  

Mark Drysdale's cross was then scuffed by Todd before another cross from Emmerson was headed wide.

Although UKAF couldn't further add to the scoresheet, the late domination capped off a satisfying performance from the forces men.