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Jayne pleased with Swiss draw
 Women's Football Wales International News - 7 Mar 2018
 
Switzerland 0 Wales 0
Manager Jayne Ludlow says she was pleased with Wales' performance as they ended their Cyprus Cup group matches on a positive note with a goalless draw against the higher ranked Switzerland.
 
Ludlow made two changes to the team that lost 3-0 to Italy, opting for youth in the back line in the form of Alice Griffiths and a first cap for Elise Hughes. Both players looked comfortable playing alongside the experienced Loren Dykes and Sophie Ingle, with Switzerland offering very little attacking threat in the opening twenty minutes.
 
The chance of the first half came for striker Kayleigh Green, running on to a through ball and rounding Swiss keeper Nicole Studer. Studer recovered quickly and stopped Green from rolling the ball into an open net.
 
With both teams now familiar with the hot conditions, both teams created more chances in the second half. Laura O'Sullivan was kept busy in her goal, getting her finger tips to a long range Swiss shot on the fifty minute mark. Minutes later she was in action again with an impressive double save before Ingle cleared the ball off the line as the defence failed to clear.
 
Wales' main attacking threat came from substitutions Melissa Fletcher and Helen Ward. Fletcher drove play forward before playing the ball on to Natasha Harding who dribbled past two players and saw her shot sail past the keeper and hitting the woodwork.
 
Wales could have scored minutes before the final whistle as Ward ran through the defence but her one on one opportunity which was stopped by Studer.
 
The draw means Wales finish Group A in third place due to Switzerland's better goal difference and meant they would play Austria in their final match. With the Swiss ranked joint 17 in the world and Wales ranked 35, Jayne Ludlow says she's pleased her side matched Switzerland.
 
"I was really pleased with the performance," she told faw.cymru. We created a few opportunities, so it would have been nice to get the result but I'm happy. Our standards dropped against Italy but we picked up again today, hopefully we can carry that into the final match."
 
Switzerland: Nicole Studer, Caroline Muller (sub Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 45mins), Rachel Rinast (sub Noelle Maritz 55mins), Geraldine Reuteler, Cinzia Zehnder (sub Florijana Ismaili 71mins), Ramona Bachmann (sub Lara Dickenmann 45mins), Lia Walti (sub Alisha Lehmann 45mins), Francesca Calo, Melanie Muller, Thais Hurni, Vanessa Bernauer (sub Eseosa Aigbogun 45mins).
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Charlie Estcourt, Sophie Ingle, Loren Dykes, Alice Griffiths, Elise Hughes, Rachel Rowe, Angharad James, Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding (sub Helen Ward 81mins), Kayleigh Green (sub Melissa Fletcher 61mins).
 
(faw.cymru)

 

 
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