Pinatar Women’s Cup wins for Wales and Republic of Ireland

Wales' two-goal Jess Fishlock
Jess Fishlock scored twice for Wales against Scotland at the Pinatar Cup in Spain. (David Catry/Sports Press Photo)

Opening matches at the Pinatar Women’s Cup saw Wales win against Scotland and Republic of Ireland defeat Poland.

Wales 3-1 Scotland
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Poland
Slovakia 0-4 Belgium
Hungary 2-2 Russia (0-3 on pens)

Scotland took the lead in first-half stoppage-time, Christy Grimshaw crossing and Lana Cleland with a free header past Laura O’Sullivan, who was making her 50th appearance for Wales.

Seconds later it was 1-1, Kayleigh Green brought down in the box by Jenna Clark and Jess Fishlock converting the penalty past Jenna Fife.

Claire Emslie put a clear chance over the bar as Scotland began the second half strongly, only to then lose possession in their own box as Fishlock doubled her tally via Tash Harding’s backheel.

Wales dealt with a Caroline Weir free kick before going straight down the other end, where Harding tucked home a Green cross at the near post.

Wales face Belgium in the semi-finals on Saturday, while Scotland meet Slovakia in the play-offs for positions five to eight.

Republic of Ireland beat Poland at the Pinatar Cup
Katie McCabe and Louise Quinn celebrate Republic of Ireland’s winner against Poland. (Alberto Saenz Molina/Sports Press Photo)

Niamh Fahey became the fourth player to win 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland but ironically conceded a penalty in the 2-1 win over Poland.Denise O’Sullivan went close with a shot on target during a goalless first half against Poland.

Paulina Dudek converted the spot-kick given for handball against centurion Fahey, but Lucy Quinn soon fired the Irish back on level terms.

Louise Quinn then struck on 75 minutes, powering home a header from Katie McCabe’s cross.

Fixtures for Saturday 19 February

5th-8th Place Play-Off Semi-Finals

Hungary v Poland (Atamaria)
Scotland v Slovakia (San Pedro del Pinatar)

Semi-Finals

Russia v Republic of Ireland (Atamaria)
Wales v Belgium (San Pedro del Pinatar)

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