Friendly International Round-up: Wales Women win in front of Ireland’s record crowd

International Friendly - Poland v Switzerland - Marbella Football Center
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (9 Switzerland) and Ewelina Kamczyk (11 Poland) battle for the ball. (Daniela Porcelli / SPP)

Wales were 2-0 winners in a friendly international away to Republic of Ireland, who had a record attendance of 8,218 at Tallaght Stadium.

Despite trailing their hosts in the World Ranking, Wales struck twice in the first quarter of the match and Ireland were unable to find a way back into the game.

The opening goal came in the seventh minute, when a cross went uncleared and Hayley Ladd teed up Jess Fishlock for the finish.

Olivia Clark pulled off a fine save from Amber Barrett to keep the visitors’ early advantage intact.

That lead was then doubled, when a Rhiannon Roberts cross was played on by Elise Hughes for Lily Woodham to hit the roof of the net.

Hughes and Ceri Holland had chances to get a third for Wales in the second half, Caitlin Hayes headed over the bar for Ireland, whose Katie McCabe went off injured.

Other friendly international results for Tuesday 27 February:

England 5-1 Italy (report)
Switzerland 0-1 Poland
Portugal 5-1 South Korea
Chile 1-0 Jamaica
Uruguay 2-0 Ecuador
Philippines 0-1 Slovenia (Pinatar Cup, 3rd Place match)

Chile edged Jamaica 1-0 despite a missed penalty and red card in the last 20 minutes. Ecuador also finished with ten players in their defeat to Uruguay.

Martyna Wankowska scored with 15 minutes left to give Poland victory in Switzerland, Jessica Silva scored just before and soon after the break to ensure a Portugal win over South Korea.

Northern Ireland Women retain Nations League B status

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