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The Army retained the Inter Services Trophy in style at Aldershot FC's EEB Stadium on Wednesday with a 7-0 demolition of the Royal Navy.
Previous results had left the Army needing a victory by two clear goals in order to lift the Williamson Trophy and goals at regular intervals left the final outcome in little doubt.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of service colleagues and supporters the Army team tore into the Navy defence from the off with chances coming thick and fast. A storming raid down the right by Shanice James set up Jess Moran for the opener and the same player doubled the advantage on the 20 minute mark.
The Navy came back well into the match and forced a couple of saves from Roxy Roberts in the Army goal. The crucial third goal came just before the break from an excellent solo goal by Max McIver who tore straight through the heart of the Navy defence and finished neatly.
With the outcome not yet certain, the Army were in no mood to let up. The second half developed into a battle between the three Army forwards and Louise Lee in the Navy goal, who had been excellent all match.
McIver added another fine finish beyond the far post for the fourth before the outstanding player on the pitch got in on the act. Having teased the Navy defence all match with her pace and tricky footwork, Rachel Rigby added two goals to her outstanding display.
A late seventh was the cue for scenes of great celebration amongst the winners. In complete contrast to the tense 0-0 showdown with the RAF which had secured the trophy in 2011 this was a feast of attacking play backed up by sound defence which kept the hardworking Navy team at bay.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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