Home international in Wales for Northern Ireland's Freya Holdaway

Monday 2nd September 2019 8:00 am
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Freya Holdaway in action for club side Crystal Palace ()

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LLANDRINDOD'S Freya Holdaway played the full 90 minutes for Northern Ireland in their home defeat to Norway.

The Irish got their Women's European Football Championship qualifying campaign off to the worst possible start with a heavy 0-6 home defeat to group favourites Norway on Friday night ahead of their trip to Newport on Tuesday night.

Wales also started their campaign in free scoring fashion putting six goals past home team the Faroe Islands on Thursday.

Wales host Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade on Tuesday, September 3 with a 7.05pm kick-off with tickets still available while the game will also be shown live on BBC Two Wales.

The game is sure to be an emotional occasion for former Llandrindod High School pupil Holdaway who made her international debut, aged 28, last year having qualified for Northern Ireland due to her grandfather.

Holdaway, who captains Crystal Palace in the FA Women's Championship, the second tier in England, is a product of the Arsenal Youth Academy. Wales manager Jayne Ludlow is regarded as one of The Arsenal's greatest ever players and was also a coach at its academy.