Istria Cup: Wales Women 1-0 Costa Rica

Jayne Ludlow
Jayne Ludlow was Reading manager before succeeding Jarmo Matikainen as Wales boss

Jayne Ludlow gained her first win as Wales women's manager with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in the Istria Cup in Croatia.

Reading defender Kylie Davies scored her first international goal to secure victory with 14 minutes remaining.

Bristol Academy's Loren Dykes went close when her cross-come-shot struck the bar in the first half.

Helen Bleazard and Laura May Walkley saw second-half shots saved before Davies scored the winner.

Wales are preparing for the Euro 2017 campaign and the qualifying draw will be held in April.

Ludlow's side were beaten 1-0 by France B in their opening game of the Istria Cup and held to a 0-0 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

They face hosts Croatia in fifth/sixth place play-off match on Wednesday.


Goalkeepers: Alice Evans (Bristol Academy); Jo Price (Unattached) Defenders: Kylie Davies (Reading FC Women); Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy); Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies); Nia Jones (Cardiff City Ladies); Kayleigh Green (Cardiff City Ladies); Lauren Townsend (Bristol Academy); Sophie Ingle (Bristol Academy); Ffion Price (Cyncoed Ladies); Cori Williams (Cardiff City Ladies) Midfielders: Angharad James (Bristol Academy); Laura-May Walkley (Reading FC Women); Helen Bleazard (Yeovil Town Ladies); Michelle Green (Cardiff City Ladies); Sarah Wiltshire (Manchester City Women); Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women); Rachel Rowe (Swansea City Ladies) Forwards: Natasha Harding (Washington Spirit); Helen Ward (Reading FC Women); Melissa Fletcher (Reading FC Women); Emily Hollinshead (Everton Ladies).