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Wales 4 (Wiltshire 12, Fishlock 14,23,50) Montenegro 0
Wales won a very one-sided international 4-0 at the BookPeople Stadium, Bangor, in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers.
Wales were the firm favourites for the World Cup clash at Bangor City FC, and opened in confident mood. On a cool, overcast evening, Montenegro came to Wales fearing the worst, after losing the fixture in their own country 3-0 earlier in the campaign.
Wales had the upper hand in all the opening exchanges, and it was a surprise that the first goal took 12 minutes to come. A free kick by Jessica Fishlock was fumbled by the keeper and Sarah Wiltshire following up made no mistake.
More was to follow soon after as just two minutes later, the second goal came from a shot by Fishlock just inside the area that the keeper failed to cover and the ball crept inside the far post. A soft goal, but they all count and already the visitors were on the ropes.
Wales had a free kick on the edge of the area on 23 minutes and Fishlock curled it around the wall and into the far corner to the keeper's left. 3-0 it was getting to look very straightforward indeed.
Montenegro's team all came from the FK Ekonomist club in Nicsic, but there was little sign of any great understanding between their team, as time and again, Wales carved them open. On 29 minutes, Fishlock played a great ball in that Wiltshire was only inches away from connecting with. As the Wales chances continued, even the North Wales sunshine came out to make in an ideal night for football.
Natasha Harding was also keen to get in on the act and had a shot well saved by the Montenegro goalie on the half hour. Hayley Ladd also had a shot stopped after 36 minutes by the keeper, who was certainly getting plenty of work, while Wiltshire saw another effort sail just over the bar on 38 minutes.
A free kick from Fishlock was punched out by the keeper on 42 minutes as the visitors tried to steady the ship, defender Milica Vulic becoming the first yellow card for pulling back a Wales forward. The half ended at 3-0 with Wales firmly in control.
Montenegro made a change of goalkeepers at half time, to try to give the defence more stability. Iva Milacic was soon called upon to make a save from Harding after only two minutes of the second half. She was not able to stop Fishlock from completing a hat-trick moments later after a ball in from Harding.
Helen Bleazard tried to get in on the act after 63 minutes with a great free kick from some 30 yards out that the keeper did well to palm-away. The Montenegro captain, Sladjana Bulatovic, had been booked for her troubles after pulling down Fishlock.
Inevitably, the game began to slow down in the final fifteen minutes. The result was assured for Wales and Montenegro were intent on trying not to concede any more goals. 1Wales brought Michelle Green on for Angharad James on 79 minutes to give the evergreen midfielder some game time and her 90th cap. Fishlock almost had a foruth goal when she was put through by Harding, but the keeper was equal to it.
All in all, a very straightforward win for Jarmo Matikainen's team against a side that never troubled a very confident Wales side.
Wales: Nicola Davies, Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard, Kylie Davies, Sophie Ingle, Angharad James (sub Michelle Green 79mins), Loren Dykes (sub Josie Green 60mins), Hayley Ladd, Natasha Harding, Jessica Fishlock (sub Nadia Lawrence 86mins), Sarah Wiltshire. Subs not used: Alice Evans, Rhian Cleverley, Megan Wynne, Hannah Keryakoplis.
Montenegro: Marija Zizic (sub Iva Milacic 45mins), Darija Djukic (sub Jelena Sturanovic 76mins), Andreja Vidic, Maja Micunovic, Jasna Djokovic, Tatjana Djurkovic, Ivana Krivokapic (sub Tamara Bojat 79mins), Milica Vulic, Sladjana Bulatovic, Jovana Mrkic, Armisa Kuc. Subs not used: Zeljka Radanovic, Irena Bjelica, Nina Vujicic, Sanja Nedic.
(Report by www.faw.org.uk)
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