Wales Women held to goalless draw by Czech Republic

Loren Dykes receives her 100th cap for Wales. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Wales were watched by their record crowd of 2,168 at Rodney Parade for Loren Dykes’ 100th cap but were held to a goalless draw in the friendly with the Czech Republic.

Jess Fishlock combined well with Elise Hughes before firing over the bar, the former later seeing another effort turned round the post by goalkeeper Barbora Votikova.

Petra Bartholdova came closest for the Czech Republic in the closing stages of the opening half and substitute Jitka Chlastkova hit the outside of Laura O’Sullivan’s post on the hour mark.

Dykes almost made it a perfect night when her deep cross on 83 minutes clipped the top of Votikova’s crossbar, while in injury-time Katerina Buzkova went close for the visitors with the last real opportunity of the game.

Loren Dykes in action against Czech Republic. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Manager Jayne Ludlow told 

“For us it was a game of two halves. We lost our way in the second half for a 20 minute spell and they highlighted some concerns for us. We’re creating chances, the focus for us is performance, and I’m sure it will come in time for the qualifiers. I would be concerned if we weren’t creating chances, but that’s not the case. There were some really good performances from individuals in the opening half.”

Wales: O’Sullivan, Dykes (c), Evans, Ingle, Hughes (Horrell, 81), Ward (Nolan, 74), James, Green (Morgan, 88), Fishlock, Harding, Ladd.

Unused subs: Williams, Clark, Filbey, Lloyd, Estcourt, Wynne.

Czech Republic: Votikova, Bartholdova, Bartonova, Martinkova (Buzkova, 83), Vonkova (c), Necidova, Cahynova, Vystejnova, Starova, Divisova (Chlastakova, 58), Nepokojova (Dedinova, 66).

Unused subs: Sedlackova, Vesela, Molkova, Ruzickova, Szewieckova, Vanickova.

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