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Wales wallop hapless Bulgaria
 Women's Football News 25 Nov 2010
 
Wales wallop hapless Bulgaria - 25 Nov 2010 - Women's Football NewsWales 8 (Fishlock 13, Lander 16,51, Ludlow 30, Dutton 55, Foster 66, Harries 72, N.Jones 88)
Bulgaria 1 (Tznakova 61)

Wales gave new manager Jarmo Matikainen the perfect start as they crushed Bulgaria with an impressive performance on a cold night at Cefn Druids.
 
Five second half goals saw Wales take their tally to 24 in their last three internationals and the margin of victory could have been even greater on the night.
 
The evening started badly for Bulgaria as they arrived with the wrong coloured kit, causing the kick off to be delayed, and things continued to go downhill as Wales started the match strongly, Helen Lander lifting a shot over the bar and the striker was then denied by a double save from Korneliya Naydenova, who then smothered the loose ball at the feet of Loren Dykes.
 
The early pressure paid off though in the 13th minute as Gwennan Harries struck the bar from 25 yards, the rebound falling to Jessica Fishlock who cut inside the full back before drilling a low left foot shot into the corner of the net.
 
Three minutes later and Wales were two ahead, Lander picking the ball up before firing an unstoppable shot beyond the dive of Naydenova from the edge of the area.
 
Bulgaria tried to raise themselves and it needed a smart save from Rhian Nokes to foil Silviya Radoyska after Valentia Gospodinova had put her through, but Wales increased their lead on the half hour as Erin Vaughan whipped a cross into the area where Jayne Ludlow's shot was fumbled into the net by Naydenova.
 
With full backs Vaughan and Jasmin Dutton pushing forward and the pace of Harries and Dykes a constant threat, Wales continued to look dangerous on the attack. Lander headed a Fishlock cross narrowly over after good work by Harries and another centre by Vaughan was headed over the bar at the far post by Dykes as Wales ended the first half searching more goals.
 
Bulgaria had the first attempt on goal after the break, a tame effort by Gospodinova which was saved, but Wales were quickly into their stride again as Harries released Fishlock down the right, her low centre leaving Lander with a simple finish for her second goal.
 
Four minutes later and it was 5-0; an inswinging 30-yard free kick by Dutton evaded everybody in the area before finding the net, giving the teenage full back her second international goal.
 
Bulgaria then struck back and made a breakthrough, substitute Gergana Tznakova sending in a 20-yard effort which was palmed into the net by Nokes.
 
Wales began to ring the changes, including the introduction of Cheryl Foster up front and she was quickly onto the scoresheet. Harries was again heavily involved, she picked up a clearance from a corner and sped goalwards from her own half before setting up Foster to slot home from ten yards.
 
Harries then broke through before sending her shot wide of the far post, but she finally got the goal her performance deserved as she again proved too quick for the Bulgarian defence and this time planted the ball past Roksana Shahanska to make it 7-1.
 
Emma Plewa was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as she broke the offside trap and rounded Shahanska but the angle was too acute and her shot came off the face of the bar.
 
Wales rounded off a perfect evening two minutes from time as Nia Jones marked her senior debut with a goal with a shot on the turn after a corner had been half cleared.
 
Wales: Rhian Nokes, Erin Vaughan, Jasmin Dutton (sub Nia Jones 81mins), Kerrie Manley, Emma Jones, Michelle Green (sub Sophie Ingle 81mins), Loren Dykes (sub Milly Durrant 75mins), Jayne Ludlow, Helen Lander (sub Cheryl Foster 59mins), Gwennan Harries, Jessica Fishlock (sub Emma Plewa 62mins). Subs not used: Katy Maddock, Kylie Davies.

Bulgaria: Korneliya Naydenova (sub Roksana Shahanska 69mins), Lidiya Nacheva, Radoslava Slavcheva (sub Eva Ivanova 69mins), Stanislava Tsekova, Velina Koshuleva, Nikoleta Voyskova, Lili Zhekova (sub Gergana Tznakova 45mins), Silviya Radoyska, Borislava Kireva (sub Petya Petkova 33mins), Valentia Gospodinova, Lilyana Kostova. Subs not used: Yoana Papazova, Maria Pavlova.

 
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