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Wales frustrated by Ireland
 Women's Football Wales International News - 7 Mar 2017
 
Republic of Ireland 1 Wales 0
Wales were left frustrated at Tasos Marko Stadium as Republic of Ireland defended deep and dug in for the three points.
 
Republic of Ireland beat Wales to take top place in Group C of the Cyprus Women's Cup with a goal from Kate McCabe in the 22nd minute.
 
Wales last faced Republic of Ireland on 16th June 2012 in the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Qualifiers where Helen Ward scored the only goal in the 86th minute.
 
Jayne Ludlow made three changes to the Wales starting line up for their final Group C fixture following a 0-0 draw against Czech Republic. Nadia Lawrence, Charlie Estcourt and Shaunna Jenkins started, while Helen Ward and Melissa Fletcher dropped down to the bench.
 
Wales were given two opportunities early on from Jessica Fishlock, Angharad James and Charlie Estcourt before Republic of Ireland striker Katie McCabe found herself one-on-one with Laura O'Sullivan and slotted the ball into the top left hand side of the net. Wales fought hard to equalise but Republic of Ireland kept their defence tight, not allowing Ludlow's team to capitalise on their chances.
 
At half time, Ludlow made three changes with Helen Ward, Hannah Miles and Georgia Evans being introduced into the game.
 
Goalscoring opportunities from Melissa Fletcher and Helen Ward provided hope of equalising but Wales failed to get back into the game.
 
Following the match, Wales Captain Sophie Ingle reflected on the result, telling faw.cymru: "It was disappointing from our point of view. We conceded quite an early goal.
 
"Overall, I think we had a lot of possession especially in the second half but we just couldn't get the ball in.
 
"They dropped deep, which I think is credit to ourselves that they thought we were going to have a lot of the ball.
 
"As for our team performance, we've kept possession but again it was hard for us to play through them because they had a good defensive block."
 
Ingle also commended on the younger members of the squad:
 
"It's a great chance for the girls in tournament football like Cyprus Women's Cup, to come on and prove themselves and see where they're at international with the seniors.
 
"I think Shaunna coming on next to me at centre-back, she did a good job. And again, Amina Vine, 15-year-old girl is playing for senior level, out of position as well and she done a great job for the last ten minutes."
 

 
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