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Wales 0 Romania 0
The second game in the friendly double header between Wales and Romania was played at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli and once again the match ended all square, this time a goalless draw.
Following on from the 1-1 draw at Port Talbot on Friday evening, this was another chance for players to impress ahead of their World Cup qualifiers in April.
The weather was sunny and the pitch was firm for the encounter. Wales made one change from the side that played in the opening match, Nadia Lawrence coming in to replace Nicola Cousins.
A chance fell to Natasha Harding after 17 minutes, but her shot went just wide of the left hand post, with Romanian keeper Andreea Paraluta struggling.
Romania also looked bright in their early moves and Nicola Davies was called upon to get Wales out of trouble after a poor back pass on 24 minutes meant a great dive on the edge of the area to thwart Alexandra Lunca as she tried to shoot.
A header from Harding was tipped over on 28 minutes from a cross by Jessica Fishlock, the closest Wales had come so far. Romania took the ball straight down to the Wales end and forced a corner of their own. Though nothing came of it, the Romanians were looking more dangerous than they did in the first game.
The Wales midfield was working hard once more with Fishlock and Angharad James contesting everything. On 33 minutes Wales beat the offside trap but again, no-one could take advantage and Romania cleared for a corner.
Romania had a let off when Fishlock got in on 44 minutes but the keeper smothered the ball before she could get a shot in.
Romania made one substitution at the start of the second half, Alexandra Iusan replacing Ioana Bortan, whilst Wales stayed with the same eleven. The visitors were forced to make a second change when Andreea Voicu hurt her ankle in a clash with Loren Dykes on 50 minutes.
Both sides were cancelling each other out in the centre of the park and clean cut chances were at a premium. Romania made a third substitution on 55 minutes with Minika Sinka replacing Alexandra Lunca.
Jarmo Matikainen sent on Helen Ward for Nadia Lawrence just short of the hour mark. It had been a frustrating game for Lawrence who had failed to make the most of the opportunity. Michelle Green was the second Wales substitutes when she replaced Hayley Ladd on 72 minutes and she almost saw Romania score with a shot from Monika Sinka that was well saved by Nicola Davies.
Wales then brought Hannah Keryakoplis on for Natasha Harding a few minutes later. Alexandra Iusan was booked on 76 min for pulling back Jess Fishlock. Romania brought on their fifth substitute on 77 minutes when Loredana Nica replaced Nicoleta Barbos.
Fishlock met the ball with a great header on 81 minutes that went just over the bar from a corner. Both sides continued to go forward looking for the all-important goal, but it had been a day when the defences were on top.
Wales: Nicola Davies, Loren Dykes, Helen Bleazard, Kylie Davies, Sophie Ingle, Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James (sub Nicola Cousins 80mins), Hayley Ladd (sub Michelle Green 72mins), Natasha Harding (sub Hannah Keryakoplis 75mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Nadia Lawrence (sub Helen Ward 59mins). Subs not used: Alice Evans, Rhian Cleverley, Carys Hawkins, Sam Quayle, Georgia Evans.
Romania: 12.Andreea Paraluta, Corina Corniciuc (sub Adina Giurgiu 68mins), Ane-Marie Banuta, Ioana Bortan (sub Alexandra Iusan 45mins), Andreea Corduneanu, Maria Ficzay, Nicoleta Barbos (sub Loredana Nica 77mins), Stefania Vatafu, Alexandra Lunca (sub Minika Sinca 55mins), Andreea Voicu (sub Mara Batea 51mins), Florentina Spānu-Olar.
(Report by www.faw.org.uk)
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