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Israel 0 Wales 2 (Lander 8, Ingle 88)
Wales picked up their first victory in Group Four of the UEFA Women's Championships as they eased to a 2-0 success in Nes Ziona.
Helen Lander netted her 20th goal for her country to give Wales an early lead and young full back Sophie Ingle completed the win with a late second.
Jarmo Matikainen made two changes to the starting line up from the 2-2 draw against Scotland with Rhian Nokes returning in goal and 17-year-old Hayley Ladd making her first start for the seniors in midfield in place of the suspended Jessica Fishlock.
Wales made a confident start to the game with Gwennan Harries forcing an early save from Merav Shamir but they were not to be denied on eight minutes when Lander put them ahead.
Shirav again needed to save from a Helen Bleazard free kick and efforts from Bleazard and Michelle Green were off target as Wales sought to build on their early advantage. Ladd, Bleazard and Lander produced further shots on goal, all of which were dealt with by the overworked Shirav.
Nokes had been rarely troubled during the first half but she was called into action with saves from Tal Shino and Maya Barqui to help preserve her side's lead at the interval.
Opportunities at either end were rarer in the second half but Wales continued to control matters. Lander brought out another save from Shirav midway through the second half.
Jarmo Matikainen rang the changes with Hannah Keryakoplis and Angharad James coming on for Amie Lea and Harries and, although Nokes needed to save from Diana Redman, they continued to look the likelier to score with Lander and Keryakoplis going close.
With two minutes remaining, Wales wrapped up the points when Ingle scored her second international goal from a corner.
The win puts Wales into third place in the group, ahead of Scotland on head-to-head results, and keeps alive their hopes of challenging for a play-off place. They are not in action in the qualifiers again until 4 April when they make the daunting trip to France.
Israel: Merav Shamir, Michal Ravitz (sub Sarit Shenar 72mins), Shay Sade, Diana Redman, Nora Abo Shanab (sub Ortal Shamilov 58mins), Moran Lavi, Maya Barqui, Tal Shino, Adva Tawil (sub Yifat Cohen 16mins), Rachel Shelina, Moran Fridman. Subs not used: Iris Avraham Antman, Adi Stein, Oshrat Eni, Sivan Fhima.
Wales: Rhian Nokes, Loren Dykes, Sophie Ingle, Kylie Davies, Jayne Ludlow, Hayley Ladd, Helen Bleazard (sub Sally Wade 89mins), Michelle Green, Helen Lander, Gwennan Harries (sub Angharad James 82mins), Amie Lea (sub Hannah Keryakoplis 64mins). Subs not used: Nicola Davies, Lauren Price, Ellis Parsons, Megan Wynne.
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