RFC Women defender capped for LionessesReading FC Women defender Mollie Bartrip earned her first two caps at Under-23 level for England during the recent Nordic Tournament, in which the Lionesses were crowned runners-up.
After being an unused sub against Norway, Bartrip, who turned 20 earlier this month, made appearances from the bench in fixtures against Sweden and USA in a four-nation tournament at St George’s Park.
The Lionesses were pipped to the title on goal-difference by the USA, who they faced in the final meeting. Rather than just three points being on offer for the winners of each game, each fixture was also followed by a penalty shoot-out – with a bonus point on offer for the victors.
Bartrip made her U23 bow on Saturday by coming on as a 56th-minute sub in place of Chelsea defender Hannah Blundell, and helped to keep the Swedish attack at bay in a 1-0 triumph.
Such a great experience being with the England U23s for the Nordics tournament ⚽️☺️ now back to club football 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/grEwsGc5AA— Molly Bartrip (@mollybarts) June 7, 2016
Then on Tuesday she made her second appearance by replacing Man City’s Abbie McManus for the final 11 minutes; Chelsea forward Beth England hit a 90th-minute leveller to make it 1-1 against USA.
No less than six of her Royals teammates were called up to the Wales senior squad for a Euro 2017 qualifier at home against Norway, but it was only Rachel Rowe from the Reading camp that got game-time as the visitors triumphed 2-0 in Newport on Tuesday.
Likewise goalkeeper Grace Moloney was an unused substitute for the Republic of Ireland the same afternoon – but the scoreline was more favourable, as Montenegro fell to a 9-0 demolition in Dublin.
Reading FC Women are part-way through a seven-week gap in their fixture calendar during their inaugural WSL1 season. Their fixtures restart with a trip to Liverpool on Saturday 9th July, which is followed by three home games at Adams Park in quick succession – Birmingham, Notts County and Man City provide the opposition.
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