A quintet of Welsh Royals represented their nation last night as Wales defeated Faroe Islands 4-0, with three of the goals coming from Reading players, including a goal on her international debut from Lily Woodham.
Royals captain Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe, Lily Woodham, Angharad James and Jess Fishlock all graced the pitch for their country’s Group C qualifier in the UEFA European Championship at Rodney Parade in Newport.
Harding, James and Fishlock started, with Rowe and Woodham on the bench as Wales enjoyed the majority of possession in the first-half with frequent attempts on the Faroe Island’s goal. However, by the time both sides went into the break, Wales were only 1-0 up, with a goal after half-an-hour from Helen Ward.
Rowe came onto the field in the second-half, before Reading skipper Harding scored a brace in quick succession to put the home side 3-0 up.
The fifth and final Royal to enter the pitch was Woodham, making her international debut, and with almost her very first touch, she scored. Rowe fed a beautiful ball into the box from the right for her Reading teammate to nod into the back of the Faroe Islands net to seal the perfect debut, a great night for Cymru and a spectacular showing for the Welsh Royals.
“I really have dreamt of scoring for my country,” Woodham said about her momentous night, “so to do it and get my first cap as well is unreal for me. You could probably tell by my smile, but I was buzzing.”
On her fellow Reading players, the veterans of the Welsh national side, Woodham said, “The environment we come into here is amazing, the girls are so supportive to the younger players and try to challenge us. To have Jess, Rowey, Tash and Haz with me makes me feel very comfortable, as obviously I’m with them every day, so I’m always asking them questions and trying to pick their brains.”
Wales are next in action as they take on Group C leaders Norway on Tuesday, a match that will feature yet another of Kelly Chambers’ Royals, as striker Amalie Eikeland will be part of the Norway squad that travels to Cardiff City Stadium.
Photograph credit: Football Association of Wales