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Wales manager Jarmo Matikainen has named his squad for a double header for his team to overcome at the end of a long season of qualifiers.
First up will be Turkey at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium, Haverfordwest on Saturday 14th June at 3pm before the side flies to Belarus to play at the Traktor Stadium in Minsk (Thursday 19th June) for a game that will go a long way in deciding the final outcome of the group.
Earlier in the season, Belarus came to Cardiff and were stubborn opponents before a Helen Ward goal sealed the points for Wales. On their own turf they will be every bit as difficult and Wales will need to be on the top of their game to bring home maximum points. The away game with Turkey was a 5-1 win for Wales, but no-one should expect the Turks to turn-up and give-in at Haverfordwest. The victory will need to be earned.
The squad is not expected to show too many changes from the one that did duty at Bangor against Montenegro in a comprehensive 4-0 win. Sadly Gwennan Harries will not feature, as having been on the verge of a return to full time playing, she has been struck down with more injury problems.
These matches will be the tenth and eleventh games of the season that started back in Estonia in September with a 3-2 friendly win. Next season will see the final two qualifiers - at home to England in late August and away to the Ukraine in September. As a warm up to those fixtures, a friendly international has been arranged in Dumfries against Scotland on Sunday 3rd August.
Manager Jarmo Matikainen has now rejoined the Finnish FA, but will remain in charge of the Wales senior women's team until the end of the qualification period. Depending on where Wales finish in this group, there are play-off places available to continue on the road to the finals in Canada in the summer of 2015.
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