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Posted 21st April 2017, 13:20 in

Irish U-17s Tie With Wales

In the second of this week's friendlies, Wales U-17s had to settle for a draw after a second-half fightback from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland battled back from a goal down to earn a draw in a hard-fought friendly at Ystrad Mynach.

Wales made six changes to the side that started two days previously, while Meesha Dudley-Jones captained Jayne Ludlow’s side.

Another of those changes – Lucy Attwood – scored the opening goal in spectacular fashion as she beat the offside trap before firing a left-foot half volley past Lauren Perry in the visitors’ goal.

Prior to that, Northern Ireland came close when Casey Howe saw her low shot find the side netting, while Grace Horrell could have doubled the home side’s lead just before the break but her shot flew over the bar.

Shortly after the restart, Wales should have doubled their lead as a corner from the right was flicked on by Lucy Attwood but Charlie Taylor couldn’t convert from inside the six-yard box.

And just three minutes later, Northern Ireland were level as Emily Wilson capitalised on a loose ball before curling home a fine effort from 25 yards.

The visitors had been much improved after the break and substitute Sadie Craig almost won it soon after as her shot found the side netting.

But the result means it was a still a positive week for the Wales U-17 squad following a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland just two days previously.

Wales U-17s: Grace Burke, Esther Morgan, Amina Vine (Lucia Carpanini, 69), Alice Griffiths, Tamsyn Sibanda, Meesha Dudley-Jones (Charlie Taylor, ht)), Sophie Norman (Chloe Tiley, ht), Grace Horrell, Elise Hughes, Fflur Williams (Ellen Jones, 30, Hayley Hoare, 53), Lucy Attwood (Cerys Jones, 53).

Subs: Lily Roberts, Hayley Hoare, Lucia Carpanini, Ellen Jones, Charlie Taylor, Chloe Tiley, Cerys Jones.

Northern Ireland U-17s: Lauren Perry, Zoe Kilpatrick, Kelsie Burrows (c), Megan Bell, Leah McEvoy, Emily Wilson, Rebecca McKenna, Casey Howe, Ally Canning, Abbie Robinson, Jessica Young.

Subs: Jade McPhee, Beth Chalmers, Sadie Craig, Nadine Hunter, Joely Andrews, Toni Finnegan, Olivia Wright.

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