Despite a second half Louise Quinn header Wales manager Jayne Ludlow says the match was a big learning experience as her side ended their Marbella training camp with a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.
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Manager Jayne Ludlow made three changes to the side that played out a goalless draw to the Irish last Thursday. Laura O’Sullivan and Rhiannon Roberts returned to the starting xi while Kylie Nolan was given her first start since the concluding game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign against England last August.
Wales started the brighter of the two sides, creating chances through Gemma Evans’ threatening set pieces while winger Natasha Harding was unlucky not to get a goal, just missing a through ball from Kayleigh Green to go through on goal. Towards the end of the half a darting run by Rhiannon Roberts to meet a Kayleigh Green flick on gave the defender an opportunity on the half volley which was comfortably saved by Marie Hourihan.
As the second half progressed Ludlow made several changes, bringing on goalkeeper Claire Skinner after a clean sheet performance last Thursday and Loren Dykes, with the Bristol City defender winning her 99th cap for Wales.
The deadlock was broken just past the hour mark. A well delivered corner by Tyler Toland was met by the aerial threat of Louise Quinn, whose header found the bottom corner.
We found out new things about our game today and hopefully we'll learn from that experience. It's all about preparation for the qualifiers, the more we learn ahead of those matches the better. We are disappointed with today's result but we have to move on from it.
Despite a change of formation and increased pressure on the Irish defence, Wales failed to break through and get the equaliser in the closing stages of the match. Jayne Ludlow’s side will look to continue their preparations for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying campaign with a home match against the Czech Republic on Thursday 4 April at Rodney Parade, Newport.
Wales: 1. Laura O'Sullivan (12. Claire Skinner 50’), 3. Gemma Evans (6. Nadia Lawrence 65’), 13. Cori Williams (2. Loren Dykes 50’), 4. Sophie Ingle ©, 14. Hayley Ladd, 5. Rhiannon Roberts, 8. Angharad James (7. Helen Ward 75’), 10. Jess Fishlock, 11. Natasha Harding, 16. Kylie Nolan (19. Megan Wynne 50’), 9. Kayleigh Green (22. Grace Horrell 75’)