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Wales lose first game to Norway
 Women's Football News 2 Feb 2013
Wales lose first game to Norway - 2 Feb 2013 - Women's Football NewsWales Under-19s were beaten 5-0 by Norway in the first of their double header of friendly internationals, played at Newtown. 
The match was played on a heavy, greasy surface that gave little chance to either side to show-off their skills.
Norway looked a bigger, stronger outfit and came with a strong reputation. They certainly lived up to it, despite Wales holding their own for the opening ten minutes.
Then, on eleven minutes, Norway scored direct from a free kick from Mia Voltersvik just on the edge of the area. Wales keeper Alice Evans had little chance. For Voltersvik, it was a taste of what was to come as she was a constant threat all evening to the hard working Wales defence.
On 25 minutes, goal number 2 came from Voltersvik as she had the easiest of jobs to tap-in from close range after a great cross from Andrea Thun beat the defence.
Two minutes from half time it was 3-0 as Synne Hansen shot from the edge of the area and the ball went in off the post with Alice Evans beaten once again.
Prior to the end of the first half, Jarmo Matikainen had made two substitutions taking off Shannelle Evans and Amy Wathan, replacing them with Catherine Walsh and Ellie Leek.
The half time pep-talk from Jarmo Matikainen seemed to have some result as Wales came out with fresh purpose and matched Norway tackle for tackle over the opening fifteen minutes on a surface that was getting progressively worse. The Welsh forwards were getting few opportunities and so the midfield and defence had little respite.
Substitutions came thick and fast, with goal number four arriving on 65 minutes when a low cross from Voltersvik was turned into the Wales goal by unfortunate defender, substitute Mali Summers. Undeterred, Wales kept working and to their credit, a few half chances began to emerge, but the Norwegian defence was able to cope with all of them.
As the game drew towards a close, a fifth goal was scored as Norwegian substitute Ine Wedaa was able to fine space in the box and side-step the keeper before firing home.
At the final whistle the Welsh girls could take heart from a good second half performance against one of the strongest women's teams at this age group in Europe. With several first choice players missing, the game will act as a useful learning tool for all concerned.
The sides meet again on Sunday morning at TNS FC in Oswestry at 11am. Admission is free once again.
(report by www.faw.org.uk)

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