Marking your first appearance for your national team after a year is one thing, but to score the goal which sees your team win is on another level.
Nearing a year out of football through injury, Reading FC Women midfielder Rachel Rowe featured in the Wales squad for the first time since her ACL injury which ruled her out for so long.
Wales travelled to Belarus on Tuesday in search for three points in the Women’s European Championship group stage. Keeping pace with top of the table Norway was the main goal, with Belarus standing in the way. Thanks to some resilient defending and 81st minute goal from Wales, the gap closes to two points.
Goalscorer Rachel spoke after the game, very content with the result and the goal after a lengthy time away.
“It was my debut goal for Wales, I don’t feel anything other than pride when I put that shirt on,” said Rowe after the game.
“It doesn’t really matter that I scored to be honest, I’m proud to have scored but it could have been an own goal as far as I’m concerned.
“We got the win, the team played well, we won ugly. It is a hard place to come to play against Belarus.
“At the end of the day we wanted the three points, so the fact that I scored doesn’t matter.”
The result keeps Wales in contention for Euro 2021 qualifying, and next up is a trip to face Northern Ireland on the 12th November.