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International Review: Lois Joels earns Wales debut, Jade Bailey returns for Jamaica & more

The international break played out as quickly as it came around, with London City Lionesses in action for Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Jamaica.

Here’s our summary of how our seven international representatives fared during the latest round of fixtures.

Wales: Lois Joel

London City captain Lois Joel was ecstatic to make her senior international debut for Wales on Tuesday [27 February], appearing as a second-half substitute in the Dragons’ 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.

"When the assistant called me before the official announcement, it was such a great feeling,” said the 24-year-old.

"This is my greatest achievement in the sport so far. International football is such an honour to be a part of. Hopefully the next achievements will be playing for Wales and helping them get to a first major tournament."

  • Republic of Ireland 0-2 Wales (Tallaght Stadium) | Tuesday, 27 February 

Republic of Ireland: Grace Moloney, Megan Campbell, Ruesha Littlejohn

Ruesha Littlejohn featured in both of the Republic of Ireland’s fixtures, tallying more than 140 minutes of action across the break.

The Girls in Green started the window with a goalless draw against Italy, before falling on home soil against cross-channel rivals Wales.

Megan Campbell and Grace Moloney were unused substitutes on both occasions.

  • Italy 0-0 Republic of Ireland (Viola Park) | Friday, 23 February 

  • Republic of Ireland 0-2 Wales (Tallaght Stadium) | Tuesday, 27 February

Finland: Lotta Lindström

Finland lifted the Pinatar Cup with a penalty shootout win over Scotland on Tuesday, having beaten Slovenia 1-0 to secure their place in the final.

Lotta Lindström made one substitute appearance during the break, drawing into the line-up as the Night Owls beat the Phillipines 4-0 in a pre-tournament friendly match.

  • Finland 4-0 Philippines (Pinatar Arena) | Wednesday, 21 February

  • Slovenia 0-1 Finland (Pinatar Arena) | Saturday, 24 February 

  • Finland (p) 1-1 Scotland/Philippines (Pinatar Arena) | Tuesday, 27 February

Jamaica: Izzy Groves, Jade Bailey

Izzy Groves and Jade Bailey added a pair of appearances to their international tallies, featuring in each of Jamaica’s exhibition showdowns with Chile.

  • Chile 5-1 Jamaica (Juan Pinto Complex) | Friday, 23 February

  • Chile 1-0 Jamaica (Juan Pinto Complex) | Tuesday, 27 February

Before the start of the official window, Grace Neville featured for New Zealand in the OFC Olympic Qualifying tournament, helping the Football Ferns punch their ticket to Paris 2024.



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