Cymru vs. Ukraine | 2025 European Women’s Championship – WEQ League Stage – Grp B4


      Live ReportMatch Summary


        Rhian Wilkinson reflects on the match and told BBC Wales:

        “It was a frustrating first 45, we had a mistake early in the game that cost us a goal.

        “I was really proud of the response in the second half, definitely not our best 45, and we’ve got to learn from it.

        “The way that I have them playing, mistakes will be made, tonight it cost us a goal and I just want to see them get back to process, get back to how we play.

        “It was our first test, this is what we need to have to be ready for the play-offs coming up very quickly, we learned a lot from this game.”


        Kayleigh Barton spoke to BBC Wales following the match:

        “Of course we wanted to win tonight, but it’s a new manager and a new system, we’re going to get these moments. I thought we showed great fight and great character to come back in the second half.

        “We had to keep believing, Rhian always says to be brave and I felt we were. Once we got in the pockets and were facing forward we improved.

        “We knew Ukraine would be a tough game, we just had to keep working the ball well side-to-side and we eventually got our reward for that.”


        Cymru will feel frustrated taking just the solitary point from this match as they created enough chances to win the European Qualifier for UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 against Ukraine.

        It was from Cymru’s own doing that they fell behind in this fixture as a lack of concentration early in the match allowed Ukraine to capitalise on a loose ball for Veronica Andrukhiv to score into an empty net.

        Andrukhiv was given a gift when Olivia Clark came wide to the edge of her box to supply a pass to Rhiannon Roberts. As Roberts hit a loose pass towards Sophie Ingle in-field, Andrukhiv capitalised to put the ball into unattended goal.

        Cymru didn’t let their heads drop but their performance was far from the polished showings against Croatia and Kosovo in their opening two matches. Ukraine, however, were always viewed as the tougher opponents in this qualifying group.

        Rhian Wilkinson’s team did manage to break down the Ukraine defence to level the game with Kayleigh Barton coming off the bench to score from the penalty spot.

        Cymru pressure resulted in a shot from Ceri Holland being blocked by the hand of Olha Basanska, which saw a penalty awarded. Barton stepped and expertly placed it into the back of the net.

        Cymru pushed hard for a winner with Barton, Holland and Fishlock all going close but Ukraine held on for the draw.

      4. Lots of pressure being applied by Cymru but it’s not enough as the full-time whistle is blown.

      5. Holland cuts inside from the left and bends a shot at goal but it goes painstakingly wide.

      6. Rowe shoots from distance and Keliushyk looks beaten but the effort goes wide.

      7. There will be five minutes of added time.

      8. Cymru in search of a winner as Holland releases Fishlock into the box. The Ukraine defence back peddles and Fishlock shoots but the shot isn’t strong enough to pass Keliushyk.

      9. Substitution


      10. A Cymru free kick is sent into the Ukraine box where the ball is met by Barton, who heads just wide of Keliushyk’s left post.

      11. Substitution

        JONES Carrie replaces ROBERTS Rhiannon

      12. Substitution

        JOEL Lois replaces WOODHAM Lily

      13. Substitution


      14. 📸 Celebration

      15. ⚽️ Expertly taken by Barton!

      16. Penalty

        BARTON Kayleigh

      17. Substitution


      18. GÔL!!! Barton hits a fine penalty kick to level the score.

      19. Cymru pressure sees shots blocked before a handball in the box by Basanska results in a penalty being awarded.

      20. 🎥 Another chance for Cymru but Ukraine keep themselves in front.

      21. Ukraine go close to scoring a second goal but the ball is blocked at the near post and cleared behind for a corner.

      22. Barton is played through into the box. She’s taken wide but passes to Fishlock, who was unable to get a shot off int time before a defender blocked her path to goal.

      23. Substitution


      24. SECOND HALF

        Cymru get the second half underway here in Llanelli and need to find an equaliser in this EURO qualifier.

      25. Substitution

        ROWE Rachel replaces MORGAN Ffion Alys

      26. Substitution

        BARTON Kayleigh replaces MCATEER Mary


        Cymru will feel frustrated with their first half performance, not with the amount of chances they managed to create, but the fact that the goal they conceded was of their own making.

        A lack of concentration early in the match allowed Ukraine to capitalise on a loose ball for Veronica Andrukhiv to score into an empty net.

        So far, this has been far from the polished performances that Cymru produced against Croatia and Kosovo but they’ve still created the chances needed to equalise.

      28. Ukraine put Cymru under some pressure with a useful attack. Kalinina was looking to strike from close range but she’s blocked and the ball is kicked away to safety for a throw-in.

      29. A free kick for Cymru is sent into the box and following a scramble the ball eventually lands at Fishlock’s feet. She’s leaning back as she strikes it and the effort goes over the crossbar.

      30. 📸 The Red Wall are right behind Cymru here in Llanelli. They’re doing their best to encourage an equaliser with their support.

      31. 🎥 So close from Fishlock.

      32. James lays the ball off on the edge of the box for Fishlock to strike. The shot is good but Keliushyk pulls off a wonderful save to deny the equaliser.

      33. This is how Ukraine took a surprise lead in this game. Cymru are working hard to get that goal back.

      34. Cymru should be level after Holland breaches the Ukraine defence but is forced wide. She does incredibly well to centre a low cross into the 6-yard box but McAteer couldn’t connect with the ball. So close!

      35. 📸 The starting XI pic.

      36. It’s a goal for Ukraine as Andrukhiv is given a gift when Clark comes to edge of box to supply a pass to Roberts. Roberts hits a loose pass as she attempts to find Ingle and Andrukhiv capitalises on it to put the ball into an empty net.

      37. Goal


      38. KICK OFF!

        Ukraine get this European Qualifier underway.

      39. The warm-ups have been completed.

      40. Ukraine come into this match following a 2-0 win over Kosovo and a 1-0 defeat to Croatia. Meanwhile, Cymru beat Croatia 4-0 and Kosovo 6-0 in their opening two matches.

      41. Elise Hughes may out of the team through injury but you won’t stop her from being here to support her Cymru teammates and meet the fans.

      42. Focussed… Cymru are currently undefeated in qualifying following wins over Croatia and Kosovo.

      43. Mary McAteer will make her first start for Cymru in this evening’s match against Ukraine.

      44. Angharad James wears the armband this evening.

      45. Starting for Cymru…

      46. The players have taken their pre-match stroll.

      47. The calm before the storm at Parc y Scarlets.

      48. “It’s one of the biggest honours to captain your country, to lead the girls out.”

        Angharad James speaks of her pride about captaining Cymru against Ukraine. Watch her press conference in full on RedWall+ by clicking here.

      49. Rhian Wilkinson provides an update in her pre-match press conference ahead of today’s match.

        Watch the press conference in full by clicking here.

      50. MY CYMRU STORI

        Everybody has a story of where it all started. A story that makes you smile. A story from a time when new friendships were made. A story about watching or playing football for the first time. A story about watching your first Cymru match.

        Meet Ryan and Gwen, a father and daughter duo, sharing their Cymru Stori.

        Watch My Cymru Stori on RedWall+ by clicking here.

        Find out more by clicking here.


        It has been confirmed that midfielder Angharad James will lead Cymru out at Parc y Scarlets tomorrow evening. James last wore the armband for the friendly against the USA in California last summer.

        James said: “It’s one of the biggest honours to captain your country, to lead the girls out. It’s a proud moment for me and my family but it doesn’t change anything for me. One thing I will say is that this group is full of leaders. We’ve got leaders at every level, we’ve got youngsters that are coming through, we’ve got a really good senior group – a lot of which are captains back at their clubs.

        “I think its a chance for everyone to have the opportunity to wear the armband, to express themselves and to become leaders in the group and the more leaders we can have the better chance we have of qualifying and being a better team, but it’s an honour for me to wear the armband.”

        Head coach Rhian Wilkinson added: “The group is very different in how they lead. Angharad is not a loud and vocal leader, but she is always talking on the field, and I see that leadership, especially when I’m playing younger players.

        “What I really love about her leadership is the way she embraces those younger players. I always see her talking to new players at mealtime, or training with them at the start of a session, and little things like that should be recognised.”

      52. Here’s a look back at the highlights from Cymru’s last qualifier against Kosovo in April.

      53. Here’s the state of play in Group B4 ahead of Cymru’s third qualifier on Friday evening. Rhian Wilkinson’s side will look to build on back-to-back victories over Croatia and Kosovo in their first two outings.


        You, at the centre. All in red. A wall of red. Y Wal Goch eiconig.
        Bucket hats, red jerseys and Welsh flags for all. Wherever the team goes, you go.
        Efo’r tîm. Gyda’n gilydd, trwy’r amser.
        Your support is proudly Welsh, unique, and loud. A community celebrating the joy of Welsh football with unmissable experiences and memorable moments, whatever the result.

        That’s Y Wal Goch. Gyda’n Gilydd. Yn Gryfach.

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      55. RACHEL ROWE

        “Making sure we do all our work on the pitch so we keep getting the results and keep having good performances.”

        Watch Rachel Rowe’s press conference in full on RedWall+.

        Click here to watch now

      56. “I think there are a lot of women on this team who could wear the armband and are leaders in different ways.”

        Rhian Wilkinson speaks about the leaders in her team and the qualifying matches against Ukraine.

        Click here to read the full story

      57. Find out more about the Cymru squad announcement by clicking here.

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