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Wales 2 (Harries 16, Lander 78)
Scotland 4 (J.Ross 32, Lauder 44,86, Love 80)
Hayley Lauder scored twice as Scotland defeated Wales 4-2 in a well contested international friendly at Haverfordwest.
Despite being without a number of first choice players, Anna Signeul's side were deserved winners as their greater strength and experience showed but Wales, whilst not at their best, displayed their battling qualities and were only killed off by two goals in the last ten minutes.
The home side were missing influential captain Jayne Ludlow and gave starts to youngsters Nia Jones and Sophie Ingle in the full back positions. Scotland were without the likes of Kim Little, Julie Fleeting, Jennifer Beattie and Suzanne Grant but the incoming players took their chances well and young striker Christie Murray impressed up front.
Despite heavy overnight rain, the pitch was in perfect condition and the Bridge Meadow Stadium was even bathed in sunshine as the match began very slowly with both teams taking time to find their feet.
The game burst into life in the sixteenth minute with Wales taking the lead. A Nia Jones free kick was not cleared by the Scottish defence and Gwennan Harries took full advantage, drilling home a fierce left foot shot.
Harries could have had a chance for a second just minutes later but the danger was snuffed out by a fine tackle from Rachel Corsie. Wales sought to build on their goal but were forced into a change as the unfortunate Kylie Davies left the field through injury, to be replaced by Kerrie Manley.
Scotland began to seize the initiative and spread the ball around well with Megan Sneddon and Joanne Love prompting from the midfield area. They were rewarded with an equaliser just after the half hour mark and the goal was remarkably similar to the one they conceded; this time a Leanne Ross free kick was not cleared and Jane Ross gave Rhian Nokes no chance with a firm left foot finish.
Hayley Lauder came close to putting Scotland in front as she latched onto a Sneddon cross but her shot was tipped over the bar by Nokes. However the striker was not to be denied and, on the stroke of half time, Lauder reacted quickest to a centre from Jane Ross and finished well from 12 yards.
After the break, Wales took the game to their opponents and enjoyed their best spell of the game early in the second half. Scotland's defence stood firm with Ifeoma Dieke in fine form and Emma Fernon having an excellent game at left back, but it took a brilliant diving save from Gemma Fay to deny Harries an equaliser as her well struck 25 yard free kick looked destined for the corner of the net.
Helen Lander hit the side netting with a header and a Jessica Fishlock snap shot was saved low down by Fay but Scotland withstood the early pressure and began to look dangerous at the other end once again.
A cross shot by Murray was parried by Nokes who did well to prevent Lauder from converting the rebound, then Love shot just wide as she got on the end of a Fernon cross.
Wales did not give up and they got themselves back on terms with twelve minutes remaining. Fay missed her kick from a Corsie back pass and Lander showed her predatory instincts by getting to the loose ball first, sliding her shot into the empty net.
Welsh joy lasted just two minutes though as a pass by Ingle was intercepted by Love who got past Manley and strode through to coolly slot the ball past Nokes and in off the post, despite the efforts of Manley, to mark her 99th cap with a goal.
This goal was a huge blow for a Wales side who were looked very tired at this point and it took a good saving challenge from Loren Dykes to deny Diana Barry a chance after she had taken the ball past Nokes out wide. Four minutes from time, Scotland finally put the result beyond doubt as Love clipped a superb pass into the path of Lauder who completed her double by lobbing the oncoming Nokes.
Wales: Rhian Nokes, Nia Jones, Sophie Ingle, Emma Jones, Kylie Davies (sub Kerrie Manley 23mins), Katie Daley (sub Cheryl Foster 75mins), Loren Dykes, Michelle Green, Helen Lander, Gwennan Harries, Jessica Fishlock. Subs not used: Gemma Border, Jasmin Dutton, Laura May Walkley, Sarah Adams, Rachel Rowe.
Scotland: Gemma Fay, Rhonda Jones (sub Frankie Brown 62mins), Emma Fernon, Ifeoma Dieke, Rachel Corsie, Joanne Love, Leanne Ross, Jane Ross (sub Diana Barry 80mins), Megan Sneddon, Christie Murray (sub Suzanne Lappin 64mins), Hayley Lauder (sub Alana Marshall 89mins). Subs not used: Shannon Lynn, Fay Hughes, Joelle Murray.
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