With the Swansea City Ladies team flying high at the top of the Welsh Premier Women’s League with a six point lead, boosted by a thrilling 4-3 win at Cardiff City Women on the weekend, it is little wonder that several members of the squad have been involved in the Welsh Women’s squad recently.
Having already represented their country at under-16 to under-19 level, Swans Ladies duo Emma Beynon and Katy Hosford were called up for Wales Women’s training camp in preparation for the recent Cyprus Cup Tournament.
It provides further evidence in the growth and popularity of women’s football in Wales, and the UK as a whole, over the last few years. The sheer number of top-class competitions featuring Europe’s top female players is testament to that. Recent weeks has seen plenty of international women’s football to enjoy, including a number of teams making history.
Three international tournaments took place in early March – first the She Believes Cup, in which four of the top five teams in the world took part and from which France emerged triumphant. Then the following week, saw the prestigious Algarve Cup and Cyprus Cup both came to an end, with Europe’s teams performing royally.
France triumph in the USA
A star-studded cast took part in the She Believes Cup, held for the second time in the United States. FIFA Women’s World Cup-winners USA, Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 gold medallists Germany, France and England were the participants, and the tournament was the perfect opportunity for the European sides to prepare for this summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 in the Netherlands.
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Getting back to the success stories of women’s football competition, France beat England by a 2-1 scoreline on Day One, while the hosts were 1-0 victors against Germany.
Ellen White’s last-minute goal gave England a 1-0 triumph against the USA on Day Two, with France and Germany playing out a goalless draw. Germany then overcame England by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to Anja Mittag’s goal on Day Three.
While Les Bleus 3-0 win against the USA proved enough for the French to be crowned champions, as Camille Abily opened the scoring with a penalty, before Eugenie Le Sommer doubled the lead shortly afterwards.
Spain dethrone Canada
Twelve teams took part in this year’s Algarve Cup in Portugal as normal service was resumed after only eight were present in 2016. Just like last year, Canada eased into the final.
Spain put in an equally impressive showing. La Furia Roja beat Japan 2-1 and Norway 3-0 in Group B, before playing out a stalemate with Iceland to ensure safe passage to the final.
Leila Ouahabi’s goal in the final against Canada wrote history, knocking the Canadians off their throne and securing the Spanish side victory in their maiden participation at the Algarve Cup. The tournament triumph means La Furia Roja will be in confident mood going into the summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO, where Spain meet England, Scotland and Portugal in the group stages.
Denmark’s Pernille Harder was crowned tournament top scorer with four goals to her name and played a key role in her side’s third-place finish, which came courtesy of a 4-1 penalty shoot-out victory against Australia after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Swiss Crowned Champions
Switzerland were crowned the Cyprus Cup champions for 2017 after a hard-fought 1 nil victory over the Korea Republic.
Jayne Ludlow’s Welsh Women, including Swansea City Ladies very own Emma Beynon, finished in 6th place in of the 12 team tournament, after being knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage after an agonising 6-5 defeat on penalties to Scotland.
For Beynon however, it was a bittersweet moment, as the Scotland game saw her gain her first full Welsh International cap at the age of just 21 years old.
The good news however is that the Swansea City Ladies star – who scored her 8th goal of the season against Rhyl last Sunday – has once again been called up to the Wales Womens squad in readiness for the games against Northern Ireland at Ystrad Mynach next week.
If you have never watched Womens football then go and watch a game. You may be pleasantly surprised at the quality of football on display.