Women's European Championship Qualifying - Group 8
Wales Women3Israel Women0

Women's Euro 2017 qualifier: Wales women 3-0 Israel women

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Wales women 3-0 Israel women

Wales outgunned Israel as they coasted to a convincing Uefa Women's Euro 2017 qualifying win in Newport.

Record scorer Helen Ward notched her 40th and 41st international goals to put Wales in command.

Substitute Charlie Estcourt added a third early in the second half for Jayne Ludlow's team who cemented their position in third place in Pool H, but cannot qualify for the finals.

Midfielder Jess Fishlock was outstanding, but had a penalty saved.

Wales conclude their qualifying campaign at the same venue against second-placed Austria on Tuesday.

With Seattle Reign's Fishlock pulling the strings and Reading's Ward a constant threat, Wales established an early dominance which they never relinquished.

After seeing their hopes of qualifying for next summer's finals in Poland ended by June's 2-0 home defeat by Norway, manager Ludlow already had an eye on World Cup 2019 qualifying campaign.

Charlie Estcourt celebrates her goal for Wales against Israel
Goal-scorer Charlie Estcourt (right) still plays for Wales under-19 team

And the confident display by 18-year-old Estcourt, who replaced Kayleigh Green at half time, would have given her considerable encouragement.

Her turn and cool finish, after good work by Fishlock and Natasha Harding, ended the game as a contest.

But it was the experienced Ward - who has now scored seven goals during this qualifying campaign - settled any Welsh nerves with two cool finishes against bottom-placed Israel.

While Fishlock blotted an otherwise perfect copybook when Merav Shamir saved her penalty.

Wales manager Jayne Ludlow said: "It's a great result for us, but the performance even more so.

"Where we've been and where we are now is drastically different so the performance is what counts and to get the win at the end of it is fantastic as well.

"We have a nice mix, a nice blend of youth and experience and it's a great group to be working with and an exciting group for the future."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 15th September 2016

  • England WomenEngland Women5Estonia WomenEstonia Women0
  • Wales WomenWales Women3Israel WomenIsrael Women0
  • Georgia WomenGeorgia Women0Switzerland WomenSwitzerland Women3
  • Serbia WomenSerbia Women1Belgium WomenBelgium Women3
  • Belarus WomenBelarus Women6Macedonia WomenMacedonia Women2
  • Romania WomenRomania Women2Ukraine WomenUkraine Women1
  • Norway WomenNorway Women10Kazakhstan WomenKazakhstan Women0
  • Sweden WomenSweden Women2Slovakia WomenSlovakia Women1
  • Spain WomenSpain Women13Montenegro WomenMontenegro Women0
  • Moldova WomenMoldova Women0Denmark WomenDenmark Women5

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Iceland Women66002902918
2Scotland Women76012862218
3Slovenia Women6303211389
4Belarus Women7205820-126
5Macedonia Women8008451-470

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women77003423221
2Finland Women64111541113
3R. of Ireland Wom7304171349
4Portugal Women621311927
5Montenegro Women8008251-490

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women77002102121
2Romania Women7412138513
3Ukraine Women84131412213
4Greece Women7205915-66
5Albania Women7007325-220

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women77002212121
2Denmark Women75112011916
3Slovakia Women83051113-29
4Poland Women7214616-107
5Moldova Women7007129-280

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women66003003018
2Russia Women632195411
3Hungary Women7223819-118
4Croatia Women7214810-27
5Turkey Women8116324-214

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland Women77003032721
2Italy Women64022071312
3Czech Rep Wom63031114-39
4N Ireland Wom5203914-56
5Georgia Women8008234-320

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women76103012919
2Belgium Women75202732417
3Bos-Herze Wom7304613-79
4Serbia Women7214619-137
5Estonia Women8008033-330

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway Women76102422219
2Austria Women75111841416
3Wales Women73131311210
4Kazakhstan Women8116230-284
5Israel Women7025212-102
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