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The Army won their first match in the Inter Services tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Royal Air Force at the Aldershot Military Stadium.
The victory dented RAF hopes of becoming Services Champions and left the Army team needing just a draw from their match with the Royal Navy to complete a hat-trick of tournament wins.
The RAF, with a 4-2 win over the Navy under their belts, were very much in the match until a penalty was awarded against them just before half time. Bianca Ross had sent a free kick attempt wide of the near post but the referee had spotted an infringement in the centre of the goal area. Juliette Brown converted the penalty off the left post on 43 minutes.
The Army returned with their confidence raised and were soon two goals ahead when Ross got beyond the defence to slide the ball past Nicky Davies. The Welsh international then kept the result in doubt with a series of fine saves to deny Ross, Jess Moran and Krissy Wright.
The match was settled when Wright beat the offside trap and despite another fine save initially, the Army skipper was able to notch the third on 78 minutes.
The visitors had looked lively in the opening half and had threatened Army keeper Becky Davies' goal on several occasions. The closest they came to taking the lead was a near post flick inches wide from Caz Gardner.
Keri Haywood and Cat Beaver were causing the Army defence problems but the opening goal changed the course of the contest.
Six bookings indicated the committed nature of the contest but it was the Army who found the finishing power with Ross always dangerous. Wright lifted the Carrington Cup for the Army team who will be seeking the overall Inter Services Trophy away to the Royal Navy next Tuesday.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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