Winning goal for Fishlock as she makes her mark on Lyon debut

Fishlock off the mark for Lyon in home debut

Jess Fishlock. Image by Will Cheshire

by Callum Ellis

WALES midfielder Jess Fishlock made it a home debut to remember as she got off the mark with her first goal for Lyon against Montpellier.

Eugenie Le Sommer’s first half strike gave Lyon the lead, before Fishlock added a second inside the 52nd minute.

Valerie Gauvin hit back for Montpellier 18 minutes from time, but it was the Seattle Reign loanee Fishlock whose goal secured three points for the hosts.

Lyon’s victory saw them return to the top of the Division One Feminine table, two points ahead of Paris Saint Germain.

The French giants are in search of retaining the league title after lifting it for the 16th time last season.

Wales’ record caps holder, Fishlock joined the French side on loan from Seattle Reign last month with the American season usually running from March to September.

She will link-up with her new club until the end of their 2018-19 UEFA Champions League campaign.

The 31-year-old was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to women’s football and the LGBT community earlier this year.

Wales Women’s manager Jayne Ludlow decided to rest the midfielder for October’s four-day training camp as her side begin preparations for the 2021 UEFA European Championships qualifiers.

The Football Association of Wales have confirmed that Ludlow’s side will play a series of friendlies ahead of the next qualifying campaign.

Fishlock and her Welsh team-mates narrowly missed out on a place at next year’s World Cup in France.