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Late goal sees Wales to victory
 Women's Football Wales International News - 6 Jun 2019
 
Wales International News - Late goal sees Wales to victory - 6 Jun 2019 - Women's Football NewsWales 1 (Green 90)
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att: 2,011; at the Leckwith Stadium

An injury time header from Kayleigh Green gave Wales a notable victory over New Zealand in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Leckwith Stadium.
 
Jayne Ludlow's side had defended well throughout the game with captain Sophie Ingle in outstanding form in the centre, whilst Rhiannon Roberts and Charlie Estcourt both had fine games.
 
There was a presentation before the game for Hayley Ladd on the occasion of her 50th appearance for her country.
 
The opening exchanges of the game were evenly balanced but the best opportunity so far came as Sarah Gregorius made a strong run into the Wales area, before being halted by a fine saving tackle from Hayley Ladd.
 
Gregorius tried her luck from distance but her shot flew over the bar. Wales then won a free kick wide on the right and Rhiannon Roberts' floated cross was met by Kayleigh Green but she could not direct her header on target.
 
Olivia Chance drilled a shot from range narrowly over whilst at the other end, it took a good interception from Abby Erceg to deny Elise Hughes a tap in after some good hold up play and a low cross by Helen Ward.
 
Erceg was then heavily involved in attack as Laura O'Sullivan made a smart save from her header but in the 35th minute, New Zealand were handed a great chance to open the scoring when Gregorius was pushed over in the area by Natasha Harding and a penalty was awarded. Gregorius picked herself up to take the kick but her shot lacked power and O'Sullivan got down to her left to save.
 
Sophie Ingle tested Erin Nayler with a shot from the edge of the area but the first half ended with the scoreline goalless.
 
Chances were fewer at either end as the second half began but it was Katie Bowen who was to go close with a rasping shot from 25 yards which flew inches over the bar, after Wales had defended a corner. Kayleigh Green then worked herself an opening from a Kylie Nolan cross but her left foot shot was comfortably saved by Nayler.
 
Wales continued to defend in determined fashion, typified by a good block from Harding as White attempted a shot from 25 yards, the rebound came back to White who drilled another low shot at goal which was saved by O'Sullivan.
 
There was a scare for Wales as O'Sullivan made a rare misjudgement from a long ball forward but Loren Dykes was on hand to cover and prevent White from slotting home the loose ball. An inswinging corner by Anna Green moments later also caused problems as it bounced on the crossbar and over.
 
Back came Wales with a snap shot from the impressive Emma Jones being pushed away by Nayler but as the game reached the 90 minute mark, Roberts pumped a free kick from deep into the area and Ingle headed on for Green to nod past Nayler from close range and put her side ahead.
 
There was very little time for New Zealand to respond and Wales were able to close the game out for a notable result against their World Cup bound opponents.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingle, Rhiannon Roberts, Elise Hughes (sub Kylie Nolan 61mins), Helen Ward (sub Emma Jones 61mins), Charlie Estcourt (sub Megan Wynne 83mins), Kayleigh Green, Natasha Harding, Hayley Ladd. Subs not used: Olivia Clark, Anna Filbey, Chloe Lloyd, Lily Woodham, Ella Powell, Georgia Evans.
 
New Zealand: Erin Tayler, Ria Percival (sub Betsy Hassett 60mins), Ali Riley (sub Meikayla Moore 60mins), Anna Green, Rebekah Stott, Abby Erceg, Annalie Longo (sub Paige Satchell 83mins), Katie Bowen, Sarah Gregorius (sub Emma Kete 73mins), Hannah Wilkinson (sub Rosie White 45mins), Olivia Chance. Subs not used: CJ Bott, Sarah Morton, Katie Duncan, Stephanie Skilton, Daisy Cleverly, Victoria Esson, Nadia Olla.
 
Photo - Kayleigh Green heads in the injury time winner for Wales (Will Cheshire).

 

 
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