The UK Armed Forces (UKAF) Women’s Football Team have thrashed the Irish Defence Forces 8-0 in their first match of the season.
With Karl Milgate taking charge of the squad for the first time, the players were looking to impress and had a four-goal advantage at half-time.
Libby Dixon stole the show with a hat-trick and the emphatic scoreline will send a message to the rest of the international scene.
The UKAF players started well immediately, taking advantage of the visitor’s discomfort on possession with their high press.
They took the lead thanks to a defensive mistake. Dixon’s cross caused all sorts of problems and the deflection off the defender meant the British side took the lead.
Dixon grabbed her first of the afternoon minutes later. Kelly Aldridge’s shot from six yards was well saved but Dixon pounced on the rebound to double UKAF’s lead.
Lauren Impey curled in a third goal before Anthea Kaptain scored to make it 4-0 at the half-time break.
The second half continued to be the UKAF show. Dixon grabbed two more to complete her hat-trick and a double from Aldridge meant the British side had won by an eight-goal margin.