Football: Wales on Brink of Uefa Finals; WOMEN'S FOOTBALL

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Football: Wales on Brink of Uefa Finals; WOMEN'S FOOTBALL


WALES women's under-l9s are just three matches away from securing a place at the summer's Uefa Championship finals - being staged in Iceland.

And manager Andy Beattie is hoping that home advantage will bring the best out of his players next week when the elite qualifying round is staged in North Wales.

Wales face Poland, Russia and Finland in a round-robin series of matches over the course of seven days, with the top-placed team making the finals.

Beattie's side did not concede a goal in winning their previous qualifying round with a 100% record, but he played down suggestions that their record makes them favourites.

"It's the first time we have played a qualifying series in Wales for a number of years, which makes a nice change," he said. "But both Finland and Russia are previous winners and women's football is also well-established in Poland."

With the majority of his squad involved in club matches this weekend, Beattie is keeping his fingers crossed they all report injury-free to the North Wales headquarters on Sunday.

"This is probably the best U19 squad we've ever had in terms of strength in depth and all-round ability," he added. "But like any team we need to have key players fit.

"We've generally done quite well in the past and are ranked around the top 10 in Europe, so we are looking forward to it and we hope to attract support from football fans in North Wales.

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