Slovenia Women 1-1 Wales: Green on target before seeing red as Gemma Grainger's side battle to point

Slovenia Women 1-1 Wales: Green on target before seeing red as Gemma Grainger’s side battle to point

Kayleigh Green netted a precious equaliser for Wales Women as they continued their World Cup qualifying campaign with a battling 1-1 draw with Slovenia.

The hosts took the lead through substitute Manja Rogan midway through the second half, before Green powered home a header just minutes later.

Green’s joy turned to misery when she was handed a second yellow card, but Wales held firm to claim a point.

All in all, boss Gemma Grainger will likely be pretty satisfied with her side’s performance, with Wales now wo points behind behind leaders France, who recorded a thumping win over Estonia to further cement their place at the top of Group I.

Having seen her side start their qualifying campaign with two wins from two, Grainger made just one change to the side that beat Estonia last month, with Tottenham teenager Esther Morgan drafted in for the injured Rachel Rowe for her first ever international start .

It was something of a landmark occasion for the visitors, with this the 200th women’s international for Wales.

However,, there was precious little entertainment to mark the occasion in what was a tightly-contested first half.

Tash Harding was denied early on by a well-timed last ditch tackle, before Rhiannon Roberts saw a point-blank header superbly saved by Zala Mersnik in the Slovenian goal.

Roberts was denied again shortly before the break, before Mateja Zver’s drive at the other end sailed over the bar.

Wales were lucky not to be behind just after the interval when Spela Kolbl poked an effort wide, but continued to create chances.

Jess Fishlock floated a header over just after the hour following what was arguably the best move of the game, before disaster struck just moments later.

Zver let fly from 22 yards, and Laura O’Sullivan could only parry her effort onto the post and into the net.

A setback. But Wales took just two minutes to restore parity, with Green rising highest to head home Angharad James’ freekick.

Wales unsurprisingly had the wind in their sails, but their newfound exuberance evaporated five minutes later when Green was shown her marching orders for a second yellow card after a sliding tackle on Zala Mersnik.

The dismissal of the Brighton striker put a noticeable dent in Wales’ attacking ambitions late on, with Slovenia predictably dominating possession for much of the final 10 minutes or so.

However, Wales stood firm to earn what will be seen, all things considered, as a decent point on the road.

Grainger’s side resume their campaign against Estonia in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Slovenia : Mersnik; Erezen, Golob, Rozmaric Ermanl Conc (Mori 68), Korosec; Kolbl (Milovic), Begic (Rogan 45), Zver; Prasnikar

Subs : Prsa, Kos, Sapek, Kustrin, Makovec, Krizaj, Klopcic, Nehmet, Predanic

Wales : O’Sullivan; Roberts, Ladd, Evans, Morgan; James; Harding, Ingle, Fishlock, Holland; Green

Subs : Woodham, Green, Ward, Clark, Hughes, Cain, Estcourt, Wynne, Jones, Soper, Filbey, Morgan

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