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New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification

  • Matikainen will coach senior, Under-19 and Under-17 teams
  • The 50-year-old will examine England's Academy system.

Tony Leighton
The Guardian, Monday 4 October 2010

The first full-time head of the Welsh national teams, the Finnish coach Jarmo Matikainen, steps into his new role today with ambitions to match his achievements in his own country at both senior and youth levels.

The 50-year-old former midfielder, who has spent the past 10 years coaching in the women's game, was assistant to the former manager Michael
Kald when the Finns reached the semi-finals of Euro 2005 in England and has also managed the national team to the semi-finals of a European
Under-19 Championship.

"Wales is like Finland, a small football country but ambitious," said Matikainen, who will manage the senior, Under-19 and Under-17 teams while co-ordinating a strategy for the advancement of Welsh women's football.

"The aim will be for sustainable development and success. My experiences with the Finland teams have given me insights into what will be needed to move the game forward in Wales and I'll be having dialogue about that with the players and their clubs."

Most of the senior Welsh internationals are with English clubs and Matikainen will be looking for pointers from England's forthcoming Super League and Academy system. He will also, when qualifying for Euro 2013 starts, be aiming to lead the senior national team into a major tournament for the first time.

"Seeing how the [English] Academy system works will be very interesting for me," he said. "It's something we will need to work on, but we already have some very good players and our own Premier League is getting stronger. To qualify for Euro 2013 we will have to be at the top of every aspect of our game, and that's what we will be working towards."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/oct/04/wales-jarmo-matikainen-womens-football
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Wales' women's squad numbers for the Matchworld tournament
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011, 10:47:50 AM »
Today (Wednesday) the team plays New Zealand in Saviese at 5pm UK time. On Saturday, the match will be against Denmark at 2.30pm UK time in Apples. The final game will be against Columbia at Naters on Monday at 7pm UK time.

The squad is:

1. Rhian Nokes – Cardiff City
2. Kylie Davies - Chelsea
3. Sophie Ingle – Cardiff City
4. Kerrie Manley – Nottingham Forest
5. Emma Jones – Bristol Academy
6. Nia Jones – Cardiff City
7. Loren Dykes – Bristol Academy
8. Michelle Green – Bristol Academy
9. Helen Lander - Chelsea
10. Gwennan Harries - Everton
11. Jessica Fishlock – Bristol Academy
12. Sophie Dando – Cardiff City
13. Lauren Price – Cardiff City
14. Amie Lea – Cardiff City
15. Sally Wade - Barnet
16. Natasha Harding – Cardiff City
17. Kelen Bleazard – Bristol Academy
18. Hayley Ladd - Arsenal
19. Cheryl Foster - Liverpool
20. Laura-May Walkley – Swansea City

Michelle Green will join the squad for the second and third matches. Sally Wade will return home after the second game.

The match with Denmark will be the 100th official Wales women’s international. The first having been played against Iceland at Afan Lido in September 1993.

The tournament is being organised as part of the World Cup 2011 preparations for Columbia and New Zealand. The World Cup Finals are in Germany later this month.

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Re: New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011, 03:27:45 PM »
Wales Women's Team manager, Jarmo Matikainen, has named his squad for the friendly international with Northern Ireland.

The match. at the Oval, Belfast, on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 is in preparation for the first of the UEFA Women's Championship games against the Republic of Ireland in September. The squad is boosted by the return of captain Jayne Ludlow after a long injury lay-off.

The squad is:


Nicola Davies Liverpool
Rhian Nokes Cardiff City Ladies
Kylie Davies Chelsea
Sophie Ingle Cardiff City Ladies
Emma Jones Liverpool
Nia Jones Cardiff City Ladies
Sally Wade Barnet
Helen Bleazard Bristol Academy
Katie Daley Bristol Academy
Loren Dykes Bristol Academy
Cheryl Foster Liverpool
Michelle Green Bristol Academy
Jayne Ludlow Arsenal
Jessica Fishlock Bristol Academy
Natasha Harding Cardiff City Ladies
Gwennan Harries Everton
Helen Lander Chelsea
Amie Lea Cardiff City Ladies

The stand-by list is:


Gemma Border Swansea City Ladies
Sophie Dando Cardiff City Ladies
Hayley Ladd Arsenal
Kerrie Manley Coventry City
Lauren Price Cardiff City Ladies
Erin Vaughan Aston Villa
Emma Plewa Chelsea
Laura-May Walkley Swansea City
Megan Wynne Watford
Milly Durrant Coventry City
Josie Green Watford
Zoe Atkins Cardiff City Ladies

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW62154.ink

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Re: New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2011, 03:34:39 PM »
Wales Women's team manager, Jarmo Matikainen, has named his team for the opening Women's European Championship qualifier.

This will be the opening match for Wales in a group that also includes France, Scotland and Israel. The game will be played at the Newport Stadium on Saturday 17th September, kick off at 6pm.

Admission is £3 adults, £1 juveniles.

Rhian NOKES (Cardiff City Ladies)
Nicola DAVIES (Liverpool)
Gemma BORDER (Swansea City Ladies)
Kylie DAVIES (Chelsea)
Sophie INGLE (Cardiff City Ladies)
Erin VAUGHAN (Aston Villa)
Kerrie MANLEY (Coventry City)
Jayne LUDLOW (Arsenal)
Sally WADE (Barnet)
Amie LEA (Cardiff City Ladies)
Katie DALEY (Bristol Academy)
Nia JONES (Cardiff City Ladies)
Michelle GREEN (Bristol Academy)
Helen BLEAZARD (Bristol Academy)
Loren DYKES (Bristol Academy)
Gwennan HARRIES (Everton)
Natasha HARDING (Cardiff City Ladies)
Jessica FISHLOCK (Bristol Academy)
Helen LANDER (Chelsea)
Cheryl FOSTER (Liverpool)

On stand-by (not to travel at present)

Sophie DANDO (Cardiff City Ladies)
Tija RICHARDSON (Swansea City Ladies)
Megan JONES (Watford)
Gina GOULDING (Coventry City)
Milly DURRANT (Coventry City)
Laura May WALKLEY (Swansea City Ladies)
Eleri EARNSHAW (CT Reds)
Emma PLEWA (Chelsea)
Zoe ATKINS (Cardiff City Ladies)
Hayley LADD (Arsenal)
Josie GREEN (Watford)
Lauren PRICE (Cardiff City Ladies)
Megan WYNNE (Watford)

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW80515.ink

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Jarmo Matikainen relishing Wales' Euro 2013 clash with France
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2011, 10:14:30 AM »
Wales women's manager Jarmo Matikainen has announced his 20-player squad for the Uefa Euro 2013 qualifier against France.

Matikainen has mixed youth and experience for the match at Parc y Scarlets on October 22.

"It's a really tough group, but we like it that way," he said.

"We go for a win in every game, it's the only way we want to do it, anything can happen in a football game."

Included in the squad is FAW Women's Player of the Year Jessica Fishlock, one of 12 who play in England's Women's Super League.

But Matikainen, the former Finland technical director, expressed trepidation over issues surrounding match fitness.

"The women's super league was a tough league, and it finished in early September, so some of the players may struggle with match fitness at the end of November when we play Israel."

Bristol Academy's Fishlock, who spent a spell in the Netherlands with AZ, said players had a responsibility to maintain their fitness levels.

"It's the players' responsibility to be fit, and if they turn up and we aren't then Jarmo has the right to pick someone who has been training and who has been doing their job," she said.

There are two debutants in the squad, Gemma Border (Swansea) and Hannah Keryakoplis (Liverpool).

Wales Women's Squad for France: Rhian Nokes (Cardiff), Nicola Davies (Liverpool), Gemma Border (Swansea) Kylie Davies (Chelsea) Sophie Ingle (Cardiff) Jayne Ludlow (Arsenal), Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy), Lauren Price (Cardiff), Sally Wade (Barnet), Amie Lea (Cardiff), Hayley Ladd (Arsenal), Katie Daley, Michelle Green, Helen Bleazard (Bristol Academy), Gwennan Harries (Everton), Natasha Harding (Cardiff), Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy), Helen Lander (Chelsea), Hannah Keryakoplis (Liverpool), Emma Plewa (Chelsea)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15248987.stm

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Wales's women footballers in uphill struggle to qualify for Euro 2013
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2011, 11:30:20 AM »
Wales face a massive task to qualify for the 2013 European Championship finals, concedes the manager, Jarmo Matikainen, as he begins his second year in control of the national team with a game against the group favourites France – England's World Cup quarter-final conquerors – at Llanelli on Saturday.

When the Finnish coach took charge in October 2010 one of his stated aims was to reach the finals, but that was before the group draw was made. "We are in maybe the toughest group of the qualifying campaign," said Matikainen, whose team lost their first game 2-0 to the Republic of Ireland and, as well as facing France, will meet Scotland and Israel, the latter having been beaten 6-1 by the Scots last week.

"The result against Ireland was disappointing. We dominated and played the better football, but we have to make possession and chances count, and must get rid of the big mistakes in defence.

"France should be our most difficult opponents – I had a good look at them during the World Cup and I thought they were the best footballing team of the European nations. We will look at how we can contain them, but we cannot just defend and so we will also aim to utilise our attacking potential."

Twelve months into a job with responsibilities that include running the Under-19 and Under-17 sides while also overseeing the development of the women's game at grassroots and club levels, Matikainen is satisfied that good progress is being made.

"We want to be in the position one day where we can take Wales to a major tournament," said the 51-year-old former midfielder, who was assistant manager of the Finland team that reached the women's Euro 2005 semi-finals.

"We have some good experienced players and youngsters who are starting to mature, and there are strong foundations being made in the [Welsh] Premier League and in the junior game, so I think the future can be good," he said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/oct/16/wales-womens-football-jarmo-matikainen   

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Wales women put up brave show against France
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2011, 12:15:25 PM »
Wales gave France a real fright at Parc y Scarlets this evening before losing their UEFA Women's Qualifying match.

Wales made a sensational start when captain Jayne Ludlow gave the team the lead with a great header after just 75 seconds of the game.

The bright start rocked the visitors and Wales continued to look much the better side for long periods of the opening 45 minutes.

A crowd of more than 500 fans say the Welsh defence work flat-out to maintain the lead, but in truth, were doing more than enough to hold their own.

Wales had recalled goalkeeper Nicky Davies to the starting line-up for the first time since the Autumn of 2010 and after a few uncertain moments, she soon looked back at home. The Welsh defence and midfield were forced to work overtime to match the French and on a cold, dry night, the thoughts of an upset began to look creditable before France equalised with two minutes of the half to go through Gaetane Thiney.

The half time score of 1-1 was probably fair on balance, but Wales had worked very hard and a lead would have been the ideal boost.

The second period saw the French grow stronger and on the hour they won a penalty, but Nicky Davies in the Welsh goal kept the team in it with a fine save. Seven minutes later the French did get the lead with a goal through Eugenie Le Sommer. It was 3-1 within another seven minutes when Thiney got her second and Wales were chasing the game.

Marie-Laure Delie made it four – one with five minutes to go as Wales tried, but failed, to hold-on.

On the final whistle the French looked relieved to get the win.

Jarmo Matikainen said afterwards: ‘This was a great display by our team against one of the best sides in the world. Yes, they tired, but they ran all night and I cannot fault their effort or commitment. Now we have to regroup ready for the match in Edinburgh against another team that is one of Europe’s best’.


WALES

1.Nicola Davies (Rochdale)
2.Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy)
3.Sophie Ingle (Cardiff City Ladies)
4.Kylie Davies (Chelsea)
5.Jayne Ludlow (Arsenal) © Goal 2m
6.Amie Lea (Cardiff City Ladies) Yellow 5m
7.Helen Bleazard (Bristol Academy)
8.Michelle Green (Bristol Academy)
9.Helen Lander (Chelsea
10.Gwennan Harries (Everton)
11.Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy) Yellow 51m

12.Rhian Nokes (Cardiff City Ladies)
13.Sally Wade (Barnet)
14.Emma Plewa (Chelsea) (For No.7 - 82m)
15.Hannah Keryakoplis (Liverpool) (For No.10 - 74m)
16.Nia Jones (Cardiff City Ladies)
17.Natasha Harding (Cardiff City Ladies) (For No.6 - 61m)
18.Hayley Ladd (Arsenal)

FRANCE

1.Céline Deville (Olympique Lyonnais)
4.Laura Georges (Olympique Lyonnais)
5.Ophélie Meilleroux (Montpellier HSC) Yellow 34m
6.Sandrine Soubeyrand (FCF Juvisy) ©
7.Corine Franco (Olympique Lyonnais)
8.Sonia Bompastor (Olympique Lyonnais)
9.Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais) Goal 67m
10.Camille Abily (Olympique Lyonnais)
14.Louisa Necib (Olympique Lyonnais)
17.Gaëtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy) Goals 43, 74m
18.Marie-Laure Delie (Montpellier HSC) Goal 85m

16.Leatitia Phillippe (Montpellier)
2.Lea Rubio (Paris Sant-Germain)
3.Laure Boulleau (Paris Sant-Germain) (For 9 - 87m)
11.Laure Lepailleur (Paris Sant-Germain) (For 6 - 77m)
12.Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais) (For 14 - 46m)
13.Kelly Gadea (Montpellier HSC)
15.Camille Catala (AS Saint-Etienne)

Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
Assistant Referee 1: Yana Mazanova (Russia)
Assistant Referee 2: Nataliya Gudkova (Russia)
4th Official: Richard Harrington (Wales)
UEFA Delegate: Simone Kuester (Germany)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Szekely (Hungary)

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW81035.ink

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Algarve Cup 2012
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2012, 12:20:55 PM »
The Wales women's team will once again compete in the annual Algarve Cup Competition in Portugal this Spring.

Jarmo Matikainen's squad will be in action for four games between 29th February and 7th March 2012. It will be the nineteenth year of the competition that is often looked-upon as an 'unofficial Women's World Cup'.

There will be three group matches in group C as follows:

Wednesday 29th February v Portugal
Friday 2nd March v Republic of Ireland
Monday 5th March v Hungary

Then there will be a positional match against one of the teams from the other groups. This will take place on Wednesday 7th March. This is the eleveth season that Wales has been invited to enter the competition. Last season they faced Portugal, Romania, Chile and China.

The matches form part of a busy 12 match season for the Wales senior women's team, who are in the middle of the qualifying matches for the UEFA Women's Championships. Further matches will be played in April and June this season against France and the Republic of Ireland, both away and Israel, home.

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW82043.ink

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Re: New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 02:19:39 PM »
Jarmo Matikainen has named his women's squad for the annual invitation Algarve Cup Tournament in Portugal.

Wales will play four matches between the end of February and early March. The games are:

Wednesday 29th February v Portugal in Parcah.
Friday 2nd March v Republic of Ireland in Ferreiras.
Monday 5th March v Hungary in VRS Antonio
Wednesday 7th March - A final positional match against another group opponent.

The games will be ideal preparation for the next UEFA Women's Championships qualifier, that will be against France in Caen on Wednesday 4th April.

The squad is:

Nicola Davies Rochdale
Rhian Nokes Cardiff City Ladies
Kylie Davies Chelsea
Kayleigh Green Cardiff City Ladies
Sophie Ingle Chelsea
Nia Jones Cardiff City Ladies
Hayley Ladd Arsenal
Helen Bleazard Chelsea
Katie Daley Chelsea
Loren Dykes Bristol Academy
Michelle Green Bristol Academy
Angharad James Arsenal
Jayne Ludlow Arsenal
Jessica Fishlock Bristol Academy
Sarah Wiltshire Watford
Natasha Harding Bristol Academy
Gwennan Harries Everton
Hannah Keryakopolis Liverpool
Helen Lander Chelsea
Amie Lea Cardiff City Ladies

On stand-by are:

Sophie Dando UWIC
Danielle Oates Blackburn Rovers
Lauren Price Cardiff City Ladies FC
Lauren Townsend Cardiff City Ladies FC
Erin Vaughan Aston Villa
Sally Wade Barnet
Josie Green Manchester City Ladies FC
Laura May Walkley Bristol Academy
Megan Wynne Watford
Zoe Atkins Cardiff City Ladies
Ellie Curson Bristol Academy
Kate Edwards Wrexham
Cheryl Foster Liverpool
Emma Plewa Chelsea
Stephanie Taylor Wrexham

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW82438.ink

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Wales women in last minute win
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2012, 09:30:21 PM »
Wales beat Portugal 1-0 in the Algarve Cup this afternoon (Wednesday).

A 90th minute goal from Angharad James gave Wales the win in Portugal.

It was the first of four matches in this year's competition. The other opponents are Rep.Ireland, Hungary and a final positional game.

Jessica Fishlock won her 50th Cap.

1 Rhian Nokes
2 Loren Dykes
3 Sophie Ingle
4 Kylie Davies
5 Jayne Ludlow (c)
6 Katie Sherwood
7 Helen Bleazard
8 Michelle Green
9 Helen Lander
10 Gwennan Harries
11 Jessica Fishlock

Subs from:

12 Nicola Davies
13 Kayleigh Green
14 Hannah Keryakoplis
15 Nia Jones
16 Hayley Ladd
18 Angharad James
19 Amie Lea
20 Natasha Harding

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW83952.ink

Credit to Jarmo Matikainen for believing in youth by integrating girls born in 93 and 94 in the senior squad with good results. Hope Powell are you watching  ;) ;D

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Re: New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2012, 01:26:02 PM »
Jarmo Matikainen has announced his women's squads for the matches with France and in the UEFA Under 19 Tournament.

The match with France at senior women's level is part of the Euro Championships. It will be played in Caen on Wednesday 4th April. Also in this group are the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Israel.

The Under 19 women's squad is taking part in the Elite Round of the UEFA qualifiers. The matches are hosted by England and also involve Austria and Finland. Those games take place on the 31st March, 2nd April and 5th April. These matches are being played in North Ferriby, Lincoln and Scunthorpe.

The senior squad is:

Nicola Davies - Liverpool
Rhian Nokes - Cardiff City Ladies
Kylie Davies - Chelsea
Kayleigh Green - Cardiff City Ladies
Sophie Ingle - Chelsea
Nia Jones - Cardiff City Ladies
Hayley Ladd - Arsenal
Sally Wade - Barnet
Helen Bleazard - Chelsea
Katie Daley (Sherwood) - Chelsea
Loren Dykes - Bristol Academy
Michelle Green - Bristol Academy
Jayne Ludlow - Arsenal
Jessica Fishlock - Bristol Academy
Sarah Wiltshire - Watford
Natasha Harding - Bristol Academy
Gwennan Harries - Everton
Hannah Keryakoplis - Liverpool
Helen Lander - Chelsea
Amie Lea - Cardiff City Ladies

On stand-by are:

Sophie Dando - UWIC
Danielle Oates - Blackburn Rovers
Lauren Price - Cardiff City FC
Erin Vaughan - Aston Villa
Josie Green - Manchester City Ladies FC
Angharad James - Arsenal
Laura May Walkley - Bristol Academy
Zoe Atkins - Cardiff City Ladies
Ellie Curson - Bristol Academy
Cheryl Foster - Liverpool
Emma Plewa - Chelsea

The Under 19 squad is:

Alice Evans - Cardiff City FC *
Gemma Jackson - Blackburn Rovers *
Katy Maddock - Everton *
Sophie Cole - Cardiff City Ladies FC
Sophie Davies - TNS
Danielle Oates - Blackburn Rovers
Lauren Price - Cardiff City FC
Lucy Thomas - Cardiff City FC
Jennifer Bury - Reading
Josie Green - Manchester City Ladies
Rachel Hignett - Bristol Academy
Angharad James - Arsenal
Amy Wathan - Cardiff City FC
Bethan Woolley - Tranmere Rovers
Megan Wynne - Watford
Ellie Curson - Bristol Academy
Shannelle Edwards - Cardiff City FC
Amy Thrupp - PILCS FC
Catherine Walsh - Trefelin

* One of the three goalkeepers will drop-down to the stand-by list.

On stand-by are:

Rhian Cleverly - Mardy Tigers
Molly Furnival-Doran - Bristol Academy
Lauren Hancock - Swansea City Ladies
Chloe Tucker - Reading
Siobhan Walsh - Trefelin
Alex George - Llandiloes
Jordan Guard - Cardiff City FC
Hayley Ladd - Arsenal
Ellis Parsons - East Tenn.State Univ.
Emma Jones - Reading
Leanne Jones - Watford
Hannah Keryakoplis - Liverpool
Emily Thomas - Tranmere Rovers

Because of the cross-over with dates, certain players have been named in both squads.


http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW84173.ink

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Re: New Wales coach Jarmo Matikainen sets sights on Euro 2013 qualification
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2012, 08:28:13 AM »
Well it was a gamble to have Hayley and Hannah with the seniors and not the U19 last night. Who knows they could have helped?
Let's see if the senior side can challenge us on Wednesday. The attacking midfield and forwards are creative so our defence will have to work hard to stopp the counter-attacks.
« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 08:03:35 AM by Sylvain »

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Squad Update 2.

Wales has also lost Helen Bleazard from the original squad through illness. She has been replaced by Nadia Lawrence (UWIC).

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Squad Update 1.

Wales has lost captain Jayne Ludlow (Arsenal) through injury for the matches with the Republic of Ireland and Israel.

She is replaced by Cardiff City Ladies youngster, Lauren Price, who has two previous senior appearances.

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The Wales women's team plays two Euro qualifiers in June.

The first match will be on on Saturday 16th June against the Republic of Ireland at Turner's Cross, Cork, with the second match will be against Israel at the GlynDwr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham, on Wednesday 20th June.

The squad for the two matches is as follows:

Nicola Davies - Liverpool
Rhian Nokes - Cardiff City Ladies

Sophie Ingle - Chelsea
Nia Jones - Cardiff City Ladies
Lauren Townsend - Cardiff City Ladies
Sally Wade - Barnet

Helen Bleazard - Chelsea
Loren Dykes* - Bristol Academy
Michelle Green - Bristol Academy
Angharad James - Arsenal (Loan Bristol Academy)
Jayne Ludlow - Arsenal
Jessica Fishlock - Bristol Academy
Sarah Wiltshire - Watford

Natasha Harding - Bristol Academy
Gwennan Harries - Everton
Hannah Keryakoplis - Liverpool
Helen Lander - Chelsea
Amie Lea - Cardiff City Ladies

* = Suspended for the match with Republic of Ireland.

http://www.faw.org.uk/news/FAW84637.ink

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Ireland v Wales
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012, 11:15:35 AM »
The Wales women's team had a hard-fought 1-0 win at Turners Cross, Cork, this afternoon.

The match was the latest in the UEFA Women's Euro's, Group 4. Wales went-in to the match without captain Jayne Ludlow (Arsenal) but gave a gutsy performance to grind-out the 1-0 win thanks to a second half goal from Helen Lander of Chelsea on 71 minutes.

There was little to choose between the sides and for most of the match, a draw looked the likely outcome. The pitch was heavy in places after torrential rain for the last few days in Ireland. Indeed, at one time it was possible that the game could have been in doubt.

Wales was also without the suspended Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy) and she was replaced by youngster Angharad James (Arsenal). Natasha Harding and Nia Jones (Both Cardiff City Ladies) came into the team to replace Ludlow and Hayley Ladd (Arsenal) who was unavailable.

The Wales captain for the day was Jessica Fishlock (Bristol Academy) and she had a chance in the 12th minute that was not taken. In the Wales goal, Nicola Davies (Liverpool) was called-on to make saves from O'Gorman twice in as many minutes, but when the whistle blew for half time both sides could consider that they had had chances.

Early in the second half, Helen Lander had the chance of a shot, but Byrne saved in the Irish goal.

Wales manager Jarmo Matikainen sent-on striker Hannah Keryakoplis (Liverpool) for Harding on the hour mark to see if Wales could press-home their chances. On 71 minutes the ever-reliable Lander opened the scoring for Wales, her 23rd for wales, putting her now four goals clear at the top of the all-time Wales women's goalscorer's list.

Ireland made several substitutions in an attempt to chase the game, but Wales looked good value for the lead. In the last minutes of the match, Sally Wade (Barnet) and Lauren Price (Cardiff City FC) came-on to add numbers to the defence.

When the Cypriot referee blew for full time, Wales had avenged the opening match defeat by Ireland at Newport, and leap-frog Ireland to go into third place in the group, with seven points from six games.

A great victory in difficult conditions - we can be proud of the team's efforts.

The team now meets Israel at Wrexham on Wednesday night.

http://www.faw.org.uk/matchreport.ink?MatchID=33156&type=m

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Israel v Wales
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2012, 11:16:54 AM »
The Wales women's team was quickly in command at the GlynDwr University Racecourse Stadium this evening with Cardiff City Ladies' Natasha Harding scoring after just three minutes.

It was soon clear that the Wales team was looking to continue their rampant form from Saturday's fine win in Cork against the Republic of Ireland. Likewise, Israel, who had lost 8-0 to Scotland, looked to be on the back-foot throughout the half.

Harding scored her second just short of the half-hour mark when a flicked-on corner found her with the ball at close-range and she made no mistake.

Eight minutes later, Harding completed her hat-trick in fine style with another header from a corner to make it 3-0. That was how the score remained to half time.

At the beginning of the second spell, Wales manager, Jarmo Matikainen, decided to make a change and send-on young striker, Hannah Keryakoplins (Liverpool) to replace Gwennan Harries (Everton).

The 4th goal for Wales cane from midfielder Sarah Wiltshire who scored with a fierce drive from the left hand side of the 18 yard box that went inside the top corner of the goal.

Goal No.5 came from substitute striker Hannah Keryakoplis on the 79th minute with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area. Wales also took the chance to make two further substitutions with Amie Lea and Angharad James coming-on for hat-trick star Natasha Harding and Michelle Green.

Wales ended the game strongly and were worthy winners of the match. Att: 721.

The final game for Wales will now be against Scotland at the start of next season at a venue in Wales to be decided.

http://www.faw.org.uk/matchreport.ink?MatchID=33157&type=m

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That 8-0 was quite a good result I think Wales will have to score a few goals to make the play offs and I don't see that happening...


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Wales need to ebat Scotland and hope France beat Scotland as well otherwise Scotland will go to the play-offs.

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Wales WNT Squad named for Scotland Euro Qualifier
« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2012, 06:20:58 PM »
Jarmo Matikainen has named his Women's National Team Squad for the game with Scotland.

The match is at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli on Saturday 15th September 2012 at 6pm.

Wales needs to win the match and hope to see Scotland loose their final game to France in order to achieve a play-off spot in October.

The finals of the tournament are in Sweden in 2013.

The squad of twenty is:

Nicola Davies - Liverpool
Rhian Nokes - Cardiff City Ladies
Kylie Davies - Chelsea
Sophie Ingle - Chelsea
Nia Jones - Cardiff City Ladies
Hayley Ladd - F10 Kokkola (Fin)
Lauren Price - Cardiff City FC
Loren Dykes - Bristol Academy
Jessica Fishlock - Bristol Academy
Josie Green - Watford
Michelle Green - Bristol Academy
Angharad James - Bristol Academy
Jayne Ludlow - Arsenal
Sarah Wiltshire - Watford
Megan Wynne - East Tennessee Univ
Jodie Botterill - Aland United (Fin)
Natasha Harding - Bristol Academy
Gwennan Harries - Everton
Hannah Keryakoplis - Liverpool
Helen Lander - Chelsea

Stand-By:

Sophie Dando - Cardiff Met. Ladies
Alice Evans - Cardiff City FC
Rosie Lamprey - Wrexham
Sophie Cole - Cardiff Met. Ladies
Kayleigh Green - Cardiff City Ladies
Lauren Townsend - Cardiff City Ladies
Catherine Walsh - Cardiff City FC
Sarah Adams - Cardiff City Ladies
Helen Bleazard - Chelsea
Cheryl Foster - Liverpool
Laura-May Walkley - Cardiff City Ladies
Ellie Curson - Bristol Academy
Nadia Lawrence - Cardiff Met. Ladies
Amie Lea - Cardiff City Ladies
Stephanie Turner - Cardiff Met. Ladies

At the media conference, manager Jarmo Matikainen said: "The matches just don't get any bigger than this. To be at the end of the tournament and still in with a chance of qualification is huge for us, but the team and staff deserve it."

"France are one of the top teams in the World in women's football and our group is certainly the toughest of all the qualifiers. However, we have come through it well and the game at Llanelli promises to be a great advertisement for the women's game".

Captain Jessica Fishlock added: "There will be quite a contrast in style - Scotland are more a route one side, even with all their experienced players, whilst we look to more of a passing game."

Player Natasha Harding said: "We have come a long way during this tournament, it is just a same that we dropped points in our opening game with the Republic of Ireland at Newport. Those points would have been very handy now, but I think we played them a little too early in the stage of the squad's development. We showed when we played them in June in Cork and beat them just how much we have improved."

Jessica added: "So much comes-back to the way that Jarmo has set the team-up to perform. Also, we are a close-knit group - we really are good friends as well as team-mates and I think that shows on the field. On the day of the Scotland match I think you will see two very well matched sides."

Finally, back to Jarmo: 'This will all come-down to the players performance on the day. Past reputations will count for nothing, it will be about who steps-up on the day and I am confident that we can do the country proud. However, whatever the score on the day, I am satisfied that the foundations for the senior women's team are solid, though I think there is still work to be done at the younger age levels and with domestic football in Wales and the player pathway to advance as they go through the age levels and gain more experience."

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Matikainen's Wales on brink of breakthrough
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2012, 03:51:12 PM »
Wales could earn a surprise play-off place with a home win over Scotland on Saturday and coach Jarmo Matikainen tells UEFA.com their improvement is "maybe a little ahead of schedule".

Wales's UEFA Women's EURO 2009 qualifying campaign, on their return to the top level after a long absence, produced eight straight defeats with only one goal scored. Four years on, they go into their final Group 5 fixture against Scotland in Llanelli on Saturday knowing victory could well book a play-off place.

A win would leave Wales in second on head-to-head record above Scotland, who would then need to take a point off leaders France next Wednesday to deny Jarmo Matikainen's side. The appointment of the experienced Finnish coach in October 2010 has proved a catalyst for the young Welsh squad and Matikainen spoke to UEFA.com about the Scotland game and their swift progress.

UEFA.com: How are you feeling ahead of Saturday's match?

Jarmo Matikainen: That's what you work for and what the girls have been working and training for. It's an excellent situation and great to be in a position where we still have everything to play for. When we started the campaign probably nobody gave us a chance that we would still be at the races for the play-offs. I'm really pleased and, like all the players, we are really looking forward to Saturday's game.

UEFA.com: Did you expect to be in this position?

Matikainen: The situation a year ago was different from what it is now. It is a long campaign and when we set out on qualification you believe you have a chance. But if qualification was starting now I would be more confident because the players have improved during the year and also we've been able to integrate a couple of new young players. But of course when you start the campaign you always feel you have a chance to go all the way.

UEFA.com: How important was the 2-2 draw in Scotland?

Matikainen: That was the third game of the campaign, we had lost to Ireland and France. After the game we spoke with the players and I said: "You never know how important this point is." We probably took Scotland by surprise, being that active away and getting a point, but it was a big away point and we already thought if we kept improving and workiong that point might be very important.

UEFA.com: Was that topped by June's win in the Republic of Ireland?

Matikainen: That was an extremely good performance from the players, especially bearing in mind the spring was difficult in every respect with player availability, we were really struggling. All the new players for that double-header with Ireland and Israel, you have to give them credit for the way they performed. Those two games were the best they have performed in qualification.

UEFA.com: Despite all that, will it be tough against a Scotland side more experienced in these situations than Wales?

Matikainen: They are the firm favourites with the squad they have and the results they have got in qualification and recent friendlies. They are a big, big team and one of the contenders to go to the final tournament. The experience of being there in these kind of games is of massive importance and we don't have that advantage. But we are looking at this tournament to build foundations for future success, so maybe we are a little ahead of schedule but that is only a positive thing. We are hoping to take that positive energy from recent months, and hoping that it will be a match for the experience of the Scotland team.

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/matches/season=2013/round=2000256/match=2007852/prematch/preview/index.html#matikainens+wales+brink+breakthrough