Cup run ends for another year
Having made it through to the quarter-finals of the much coveted RAF Cup, RAF Halton excitedly made the long journey up the M1 to face RAF Leeming in an away match that could secure their hopes of a place in the semi-finals.
The first half was dominated by the home side who wasted numerous chances to score and could have considered themselves rather unfortunate to only take a one-goal lead into the dressing room at half time. Having re-grouped and re-focussed Halton came out after the break and gave a far better account of themselves, but in pushing for an equaliser conceded more goals to Leeming finding themselves 3-0 up.
The reality of being out of the cup, however, didn’t get Halton down as a conciliation from Sergeant Danny Batson brought the score to 3-1. Halton then had another good chance but hit the post. Leeming drove the ball to the other end scoring a fourth, highly controversial, goal, killing Halton’s chances.
Corporal Sean Kilkenny, a forward for Halton said: “Despite the nature of the final goal, the Leeming team were more than worth the 4-1 score line, and in all honesty the gap between the two sides could have been far greater had Leeming not been so wasteful in front of the goal.”
A comprehensive defeat knocked Halton out of the cup and sent them on the long journey back down the M1. Group Captain Simon Harper, Station Commander RAF Halton and Chairman of RAF Football said: “Leeming are a very good team and it is always tough to get a result away from home. That, said, Halton were Plate winners at the RAF Festival of Football and reached the Quarter Finals of the RAF Cup – so when we look back this has been a pretty good season.”