Istria Cup: Wales Women 1-1 Croatia (4-2 pens)

Jayne Ludlow
Jayne Ludlow was Reading manager before succeeding Jarmo Matikainen as Wales boss

Wales Women ended their Istria Cup campaign on a high with a win on penalties against hosts Croatia.

Maja Joscak had given Croatia the lead just before half-time, but Wales got back on level terms 20 minutes from the end thanks to Angharad James.

With no extra time to be played the match went straight to penalties.

Although Helen Ward missed her opening kick Croatia missed their first two, and Wales held their nerve to win the fifth-sixth place play-off.

Jayne Ludlow's side were beaten 1-0 by France B in their opening game of the Istria Cup, then held to a 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina before beating Costa Rica 1-0.


Goalkeepers: Alice Evans (Bristol Academy); Jo Price (Unattached) Defenders: Kylie Davies (Reading FC Women); Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy); Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies); Nia Jones (Cardiff City Ladies); Kayleigh Green (Cardiff City Ladies); Lauren Townsend (Bristol Academy); Sophie Ingle (Bristol Academy); Ffion Price (Cyncoed Ladies); Cori Williams (Cardiff City Ladies) Midfielders: Angharad James (Bristol Academy); Laura-May Walkley (Reading FC Women); Helen Bleazard (Yeovil Town Ladies); Michelle Green (Cardiff City Ladies); Sarah Wiltshire (Manchester City Women); Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women); Rachel Rowe (Swansea City Ladies) Forwards: Natasha Harding (Washington Spirit); Helen Ward (Reading FC Women); Melissa Fletcher (Reading FC Women); Emily Hollinshead (Everton Ladies).

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