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Wales have qualified for the Elite Round of the UEFA Women's U17 Championship after a draw with hosts Latvia.
That point confirmed a second place finish in Group Seven. This is the third time that Wales Women's U17 have qualified for the Elite Round with the previous occasions being in 2009 and 2011.
In today's match against Latvia, Wales' Emily Jones took the ball up field and delivered it to Grace Horrell, who effortlessly slotted the ball into the corner of the net to give Wales the lead.
An unfortunate own goal in the second half brought the teams level as the game concluded 1-1 in the Rigas Hanzas stadium.
Wales Women's U17 Manager, Jayne Ludlow told www.faw.cymru: "It's been years since we've managed to get through to this stage with the U17s group. It's fantastic! They've put a lot of effort in over the last year and they've had the joy from it this week. They've worked extremely hard in the group on camp whether that's on the pitch or off the pitch. The nice thing is that now there is a little bit of belief in the group.
"They have a lot of work to do still which they understand because we want to be able to compete with the next tier of groups in the Elite Round. But we are going to enjoy this moment. It's history for me personally with regards to being the first group to qualify from this stage for me and my coaching group of staff. We're extremely proud.
"Everybody is putting alot of work and effort into the younger age groups now and helping develop the younger players. In ten or fifteen years, they will be our senior crop coming through.
"Between all our age groups now, we have a good work ethic there and the girls are challenging each other and we have to. Their eyes have been open to international football and they have learned a lot and they've responded.
"There's a lot of hard work to get to a finals tournament but we're thankfully passed the first stage and now we have four or five months to put a lot of hard work in and hopefully compete in the next round of teams. Realistically they are teams ranked well above us but it's going to be a tough job but not an unattainable job. We have to make sure all the girls are working hard and that we are putting the right plans in place."
The Elite Round draw will take place on 11th November in Nyon.
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