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👀 City Women International Watch: February

Find out how the City Women stars fared over the international window.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Abi Harrison - Scotland

Abi Harrison was introduced at half-time in Scotland's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Wales in their opening match of the Pinatar Cup. 

Lana Clelland opened the scoring for the Scots, however her opener was cancelled out by by a Jess Fishlock brace and a further goal from Natasha Harding.

Harrison then started for the Scots against Slovakia on Saturday afternoon and found the back of the net after just seven minutes as she tucked the ball into the bottom corner. Martha Thomas then doubled Scotland's lead at the San Pedro del Pinatar to seal their first victory of the tournament. 

Scotland were victorious on penalties in their third and final fixture of the international break against Hungary. Harrison was taken off in the final moments of the game, and with the scores locked up at 0-0 after the ninety the tie headed for penalties. Former City shot-stopper Eartha Cumings saved the decisive penalty to see Scotland win the shootout 3-1.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ffion Morgan and Chloe Bull - Wales

Ffion Morgan was introduced at half-time in Wales' 3-1 victory over Scotland as a second half brace from Jess Fishlock and a strike from Natasha Harding cancelled out Lana Cleallad's opener. 

Wales then met Belgium on Saturday evening for a place in the final of the Pinatar Cup, however they would cruelly miss out. Gemma Grainger's side went toe-to-toe with the Red Flames across the 90 minutes, with Ffion Morgan again being introduced to proceedings after 45 minutes. With the scores locked up at 0-0 the two sides went to a penalty shootout, with Belgium prevailing 3-1 winners.

Wales' third and final fixture of the tournament saw them come up short against the Republic of Ireland, who ran out 1-0 victors. Ffion Morgan started for Gemma Grainger's side and was withdrawn on the 70 minute mark. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Fran Bentley - England Under-23

Fran Bentley was an unused substitute in the Young Lionesses 3-2 defeat against France, with former City striker Ebony Salmon finding the back of the net as well as Liverpool's Missy Bo-Kearns.

Bentley didn't feature in the matchday squad for the second fixture of the tour as the Salmon struck again to secure a 1-1 draw for the Young Lionesses on Saturday. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Aggie Beever-Jones - England Under-19

Aggie Beever-Jones started in the Under-19's 3-0 victory over Finland on Thursday as goals from Grace Clinton, Elysia Boddy and Freya Gregory wrapped up the win in Marbella. 

Beever-Jones then bagged the winner in the Under-19s second fixture of the tournament against Denmark on Tuesday. Emily Murphy scored the Young Lionesses' opener after just 5 minutes, with the Danes drawing level on 52 minutes through Dudek. City's speedy winger was brought on in the second half and made her mark slotting the winner in the 65th minute. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Brooke Aspin - England Under-17

Brooke Aspin featured for the Lionesses Under-17s in their fixtures against Norway across the international break. 

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Naomi Layzell & Kira Hockley - England Development Phase Camp

Naomi Layzell and Kira Hockley will also be away over the international break as the pair head to St George’s Park for an England Pathway Professional Development camp. 


Player Pathway

Chloe McMahon and Tianna Tiesar have been away with the Wales Under-17 group, led by former player and coach Loren Dykes, to take on Scotland in a double-header of friendly fixtures. 

Wales were beaten 4-1 in their first match up against the Scots, however they were 2-1 victors in their second friendly. 

Emily Cadell has also been selected for an England Under-15 NTC camp from February 12th-15th. 


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