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WALES WOMEN’S ROUND UP: FISHLOCK AND WARD ON THE MARK

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Helen Ward hit the treble and Jess Fishlock’s goal sent Lyon to the French Cup semi-final on another eventful weekend for Wales’ players competing for their respective clubs.

Wales’ record goalscorer Ward netted a hat-trick to help Watford to victory over Portsmouth in a nine-goal thriller in Hertfordshire.

The Lady Hornets took a 2-1 lead into the interval after Ward broke the deadlock mid-way through the first half.

A mere 60 seconds after the restart was all it took for the 32-year-old to grab her second of the afternoon.

Ward then turned provider as she setup Leanne Bell to extend Watford’s lead.

The home side looked as though they were heading for a convincing victory before Portsmouth hit back with three goals, including a stoppage time leveller.

It looked as though the visitors had remarkably claimed a share of the spoils, but there was still time for Ward to net her third in the 93rd minute; securing all three points in the National League South.

A solitary goal from Wales’ most-capped player Jess Fishlock secured Olympique Lyonnais a place in the semi-finals of the French Cup on Saturday evening.

Fishlock’s strike on the hour-mark was enough to see off current cup holders Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Municipal de Gerland.

Wales skipper Sophie Ingle played 76 minutes after Chelsea came from two goals down to salvage a draw against Women’s Super League leaders Manchester City.

Loren Dykes and Gemma Evans kept a clean sheet as Bristol City were held to a goalless draw against Kayleigh Green’s Brighton & Hove Albion in the WSL.

There was also drama in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie between Reading and Keynsham Town, as the Royals secured an astonishing 13-0 victory.

Midfielder Charlie Estcourt scored one and grabbed two assists, while Lily Woodham and Natasha Harding were unused substitutes.

Hayley Ladd and Georgia Evans went head-to-head in the FA Cup with Birmingham City securing a 3-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Goalkeeper Claire Skinner, who started in Wales’ recent friendly against Italy in Cesena, featured between the sticks in Cardiff City’s 6-1 victory over Rhyl in the FAW Women’s Cup.

In the Women’s Championship, Megan Wynne played the full 90 minutes in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 win over London Bees.

The performances will give manager Jayne Ludlow plenty to ponder over ahead of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualification campaign.

Wales will continue their preparations for the campaign with a double header against Ireland in Marbella later this month.

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