Reaction: Northern Ireland hold Wales Women to a frustrating draw

Jayne Ludlow at press conference. Image Dylan James

By Michael Wicherek

JAYNE Ludlow’s Wales side missed the chance to close the gap on Norway after a 0-0 draw in Belfast.

Wales had an opportunity to go two points behind Group C leaders Norway but could not find a way past an inspired Rebecca Flaherty in the Northern Ireland goal.

Megan Wynne reflected on the draw after her first start for Wales.

“It was a disappointing result but we can take lots of positives,” said the winger. “The amount of chances we created especially second half was more than enough to win the game”.

Wynne added: “There is still a long way to go in the campaign.”

Indeed there is; the group is at the halfway stage, although Wales are yet to play leaders Norway.

On her first start, Wynne was understandably delighted despite the result.

“It was an amazing feeling being presented with the shirt by Loren Dykes,” she said. “Definitely one that I’ve been waiting for, for a long time”.

Wynne’s family were present at the game and the Spurs midfielder appreciated their constant support.

She added: “Mum and Dad come all over the world to watch me play so for them to see me start was very special.”