Scott Sampson was the Royal Navy hero as they hit back to draw 1-1 with the Army at Westleigh Park last night.
Both teams went into the game on the back of defeats by the RAF.
But it was the Army, buoyed by a hat-trick from former Pompey striker Lee Bradbury that set up a 4-1 win for the Army Veterans against the Royal Navy Veterans earlier in the day, who started best.
And it took a last-ditch save from keeper Matt Shortt to prevent a Jason Bates free-kick putting them ahead.
Callum Wilkinson fired low past the post as the Army continued to press.
Then Shortt had a lucky escape as a deep cross slipped through his fingers and out for a corner.
But it wasn’t long before the Army finally hit the front.
Three minutes before the break Andrew Cottam headed home from a free-kick.
Back came the Royal Navy, though, and Army keeper Luke Cairney made a terrific diving save to stop a thunderous effort from Ross McEvoy.
They continued to press after the break, too, and Sampson grabbed an equaliser on 54 minutes.
Army keeper Cairney blocked a shot inside the area but Sampson was the quickest to react to knock in the rebound from six yards.
Jay Hubbard then rattled the Royal Navy crossbar from a corner and Bates curled a free-kick narrowly over but the defences held firm to leave the honours shared.
ROYAL NAVY: Shortt, Archbold, Foxhall, MNE Hildreth, Ardley, Sampson, Husbands, McEvoy, Todd, Horseman, Young. Subs: Berry, Emmerson, Lakin, Carns, Campbell, Booker, Bews
ARMY: Cairney, Lonorgon, Lavelle, Emmerson, Greenfield, Rizza, Cottam, Bates, Hubbard, Davidson, Wilkinson. Subs: Noble, Carroll, Robinson, Tomkins, Haley
– KEVIN RICKETTS