This summer Wales secured a fantastic bronze medal following a nail-biting shootout against Ukraine at the European Championships II in Prague,
In a tense and decisive shootout, Wales emerged victorious with a 3-0 win over Ukraine. Phoebe Richards got things started for Wales, drawing a foul from the goalkeeper, resulting in a penalty stroke. Stepping up to the challenge, Beth Bingham coolly converted the stroke, securing Wales' first shootout goal.
Ella Jackson, Wales' goalkeeper for the shootout, proved to be the hero, making crucial saves and piling the pressure on Ukraine.
The momentum swung in Wales' favour as Izzy Webb confidently slotted home another goal, before Millie Holme sealed the deal with ease, skilfully rolling the ball around the goalkeeper to put Wales up 3-0. The celebrations ensued as Wales secured a remarkable shootout triumph.
This bronze medal was a testament to the squad's strong performances throughout the tournament.
Recalling their performance, Captain Beth Bingham commented: “It was an incredible moment winning the bronze medal in Prague. For the majority of the team it was our first medal at International level and to comeback from being 2-0 down to win on penalty shuffles made the victory extra special. This has made us even more hungry to win medals in the future and I’m excited to see what else this squad can achieve.”
Head Coach Kevin Johnson added: “The fact that this was our first European medal at this level since 2009 I am hoping gives this group confidence and belief that it can kick on and achieve greater success in the future. Getting over that line is always difficult mentally and in reality and winning our last game in a medal match is an important hurdle to overcome."
Who’s excited to see what our senior women can achieve in 2024?