3 PARA- FIRST TIME ARMY CUP WINNERS
3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment were the winners of the Army Major Units Challenge Cup for the first time in a pulsating final at the Aldershot Military Stadium in a 3-2 victory v 23 PARA Engineer Regiment.
In the best cup final played in years, honours were even at half time. 23’s Spr Callum Vincent, who also plays for the Royal Engineers, opened the scoring on 10 minutes after a productive opening. Cpl Mark Kenny levelled matters.
23 took the lead just past the hour with a stunning strike from LCpl Ash Tandy, who serves in 51 Para Sqn RE. The match turned soon after when 3 PARA keeper, and eventual Player of the Match, Pte Reece McNab, made a stunning save from a penalty kick.
3 PARA started to insert some pressure and PTE Ryan Waterhouse equalised.
With the match seemingly heading into extra time a 92nd minute goal from LCpl Jason Keelan confirmed a 3-2 victory and scenes at the end.
The match was a credit to Army Football from players, management and officials, a point noted in the post match gathering from Army FA Chair, Brigadier Andrew Cox MBE.
We remain ever grateful to Towergate Insurance, represented by Pam Howson, for the 39th year of sponsorship of the Challenge Cup competitions.