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Republic of Ireland 1 (Quinn 62)>
Republic of Ireland 1 (Quinn 62)
Despite a second half Louise Quinn header Wales separating the teams on the day, Wales manager Jayne Ludlow says the match was a big learning experience as her side ended their Marbella training camp with a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.
Ludlow made three changes to the side that played out a goalless draw to the Irish last Thursday. Laura O'Sullivan and Rhiannon Roberts returned to the starting eleven while Kylie Nolan was given her first start since the concluding game of the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign against England last August.
Wales started the brighter of the two sides, creating chances through Gemma Evans' threatening set pieces while winger Natasha Harding was unlucky not to get a goal, just missing a through ball from Kayleigh Green to go through on goal.
Towards the end of the half, a darting run by Rhiannon Roberts to meet a Kayleigh Green flick on gave the defender an opportunity on the half volley which was comfortably saved by Marie Hourihan.
As the second half progressed Ludlow made several changes, bringing on goalkeeper Claire Skinner after a clean sheet performance last Thursday and Loren Dykes, with the Bristol City defender winning her 99th cap for Wales.
The deadlock was broken just past the hour mark. A well delivered corner by Tyler Toland was met by the aerial threat of Louise Quinn, whose header found the bottom corner of the net.
Despite a change of formation and increased pressure on the Irish defence, Wales failed to break through and get the equaliser in the closing stages of the match. Jayne Ludlow's side will look to continue their preparations for the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying campaign with a home match against the Czech Republic on Thursday 4th April at Rodney Parade, Newport.
Jayne Ludlow told faw.cymru: "We found out new things about our game today and hopefully we'll learn from that experience. It's all about preparation for the qualifiers, the more we learn ahead of those matches the better. We are disappointed with today's result but we have to move on from it."
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan (sub Claire Skinner 50mins), Gemma Evans (sub Nadia Lawrence 65mins), Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts, Cori Williams (sub Loren Dykes 50mins), Hayley Ladd, Angharad James (sub Helen Ward 75mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Grace Horrell 75mins), Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding, Kylie Nolan (sub Megan Wynne 50mins). Subs not used: Ffion Morgan, Emma Jones, Tamsyn Sibanda, Charlie Estcourt, Ella Powell, Gwen Davies.
Republic of Ireland: Marie Hourihan, Heather Payne, Harriet Scott, Louise Quinn, Niamh Fahey, Tyler Toland, Leanne Kiernan (sub Amber Barrett 80mins), Denise O'Sullivan, Katie McCabe, Claire O'Riordan, Megan Connolly. Subs not used: Grace Moloney, Megan Campbell, Eabha O'Mahony, Jessica Ziu, Courtney Brosnan, Niamh Farrelly, Diane Caldwell, Emily Whelan.
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