Wales 3-0 Belarus Girls – BBC Sport

Wales 3-0 Belarus Girls – BBC Sport

Natasha Harding
Jessica Fishlock and Natasha Harding, proven right here opening the scoring, have boosted Wales by confirming their intention to play on past the top of this qualification marketing campaign

Wales swept apart Belarus 3-0 with a tremendous efficiency on a bittersweet evening for Jayne Ludlow’s aspect, who can not now qualify for the Euros.

Natasha Harding prodded Wales into the lead from shut vary, and Rachel Rowe doubled the benefit earlier than half-time with a incredible angled end.

Jess Fishlock’s cool penalty made the consequence protected for Wales.

Nonetheless, Northern Eire’s 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands noticed them pip Wales to a play-off berth.

Going into the match, Wales knew they wanted to beat Belarus and hope the Faroe Islands – who had scored none and conceded 37 of their earlier six qualifiers – brought on an upset by avoiding defeat in opposition to Northern Eire.

However Northern Eire advance forward of Wales as Group C runners-up by advantage of a greater head-to-head report, regardless of Ludlow’s aspect having a purpose distinction superior by 12.

The away targets rule favours Northern Eire within the head-to-head calculations, after they drew 2-2 in Wales earlier than a 0-0 draw within the return fixture in Belfast.

Nonetheless, Wales can be buoyed at the least by ending the marketing campaign with a dominant victory and a very good efficiency.

Ludlow opted to drop each of her forwards chosen for the final match in opposition to Group C winners Norway. Helen Ward and Kayleigh Inexperienced missed out as Rowe and Ffion Morgan had been picked.

Sickness for Gemma Evans noticed Charlie Estcourt given a begin at left-back and Tottenham midfielder Josie Inexperienced was additionally recalled to kind a central-defensive partnership with captain Sophie Ingle.

Extremely, the minnows from the Faroes led in Belfast when the Wales gamers emerged from the tunnel, however Kenny Shiels’ aspect had been in entrance by the point Wales opened the scoring in Newport.

Harding had already had a shot deflected narrowly huge when she poked Wales into the lead by exhibiting good composure within the penalty space to show residence Fishlock’s clever go, scoring her nineteenth worldwide purpose.

Fishlock, as ever, regarded a menace all night and she or he was pivotal to most of Wales’ finest strikes, teeing up Ingle for a long-range shot that Nataliya Voskobovich was compelled to save lots of earlier than her pinpoint cross was headed in opposition to the upright by Morgan who actually ought to have opened her worldwide account.

Nonetheless, Wales did double their lead; Rowe added to the successful purpose she scored within the reverse fixture with a incredible right-footed shot from simply exterior the penalty space that whipped over Voskobovich.

It was a minimum of Ludlow’s aspect deserved in a half the place the guests had been restricted to 2 long-range efforts from Anna Pilipenko and Anastasiya Shcherbachenia.

Shcherbachenia, the Belarus captain, was inside a whisker of getting the guests again into issues simply earlier than the hour, however her thunderbolt of a free-kick rattled the crossbar with Viktoriya Kazakevich unable to show residence the rebound.

With a cushty benefit and the information from Belfast, the second half reasonably meandered alongside till Harding was fouled with 20 minutes remaining and Fishlock, Wales’ most-capped participant, fired residence from the spot for her thirtieth worldwide purpose in her one hundred and twentieth look.

Wales might need added a fourth, however will now start making ready to attempt to attain a primary main finals on the 2023 World Cup.

Wales supervisor Jayne Ludlow advised BBC Sport Wales:

“The women caught to the sport plan, labored actually arduous and loved themselves on the market. It has been a troublesome, fascinating marketing campaign for us, however one that’s going to make us stronger.

“There have been instances the place we have now accomplished glorious and received what we deserved and there have been instances we’ve not accomplished these issues and we are going to study from these issues and transfer on.

“As we have proven tonight, we have now an amazing group of women of various ages and we’re trying ahead to the longer term.

“Every marketing campaign we’re getting nearer. Even factors for second place this time, so we’re pissed off.

“We’re getting nearer to creating that remaining step and hopefully the children coming via will assist us try this.”

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