#WEURO2021 Qualifiers: Wales Women still unbeaten after goalless draw

Northern Ireland held Wales 0-0
Wales debutant Megan Wynne gets in a tackle on Northern Ireland’s Julie Nelson. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Wales and Northern Ireland again cancelled each other out in the UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers when drawing 0-0 in Belfast.

They had drawn their Newport meeting 2-2 and while Wales end the year four points short of Group C leaders Norway, the Irish gained a secod point.

The 1,177 spectators almost saw a first minute goal when Lauren Wade’ cross was met with a Simone Magill header but Wales keeper Laura O’Sullivan made a good save.

Rachel Rowe’s deflected shot from distance flew just past the home goal and at the other end Rachel Furness headed over the top.

There was a delay while Northern Ireland keeper Becky Flaherty received treatment for a nose injury following a collision with Welsh forward Kayleigh Green.

Rowe and Sophie Ingle both fired over the bar as Wales looked a grab a winner in the last quarter of the game, while Flaherty produced a superb save from a low Angharad James drive.

Wade forced a finger-tip save by O’Sullivan in the last 10 minutes, afterwhich Flaherty came to Northern Ireland’s rescue twice more as the points were shared.

Ashley Hutton has over 100 caps
Ashley Hutton was presented with a medal for recently reaching her 100th cap. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Northern Ireland: Flaherty, Newborough (McKenna, 57), Vance, McFadden (Callaghan, 80′), Nelson, Hutton, McCarron, Magill, Furness, Wade, Bell (McGuinness, 87)

Unused Subs: Perry, Burrows, Finnegan, Kelly, McMaster, Howe, White, Caldwell.

Wales: O’Sullivan, Roberts, Dykes, Ingle, Ladd, Hughes (Evans 55′), J.Green, James, Rowe, Wynne, K.Green (Ward 82′)

Unused Subs: Skinner, Clark, Jones, Francis-Jones, Lawrence, Nolan, Walters

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