With the men’s hopes and dreams of a World Cup on hold for another 4 years and the manager’s seat being empty it would be easy to feel doom and gloom. However, Wales still have a chance at a World Cup. And… a World Cup in France! You heard right! Wales women are closing in on a first ever World Cup appearance and it’s only across the channel.
EatSleepFootyRepeat were at the Cardiff City Stadium to sample the atmosphere of Wales women’s big game against Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier. The visitors put on a tough show and it took until the 83rd minute for Hayley Ladd to score a free kick and give Wales the 3 points that kept them top of their group.
It was certainly a game of attrition and the girls had to stick to their plan, but they were kept motivated by the amazing crowd! Girls clubs from across Wales had travelled for the game and we met two young ladies that started playing football after the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final at the Cardiff City Stadium in May! The FAW’s good work in brining both the men’s and women’s final to Cardiff has left it’s mark. The young female fans were in good spirits – led by The Barry Horns.
In this week’s episode we also catch up with Wales women’s manager, Jayne Ludlow. With one more trophy in her cabinet than Ryan Giggs, Jayne brings a lot of experience and a winning mentality. During her playing days at Arsenal Jayne was known as a no nonsense box to box midfielder than modelled her game on Roy Keane. She even got sent off for shouting at the referee one week! But, she’s quieter now in her managerial role.
After the game at the Cardiff City Stadium Wales Women flew off to Bosnia for another crunch match. It was another battling performance won by a single goal. Kayleigh Green broke away and rounded the goalkeeper to give Wales the lead, but with only minutes left the Bosnians had a penalty! However, Laura O’Sullivan made a fantastic save to give the girls 6 points in a week and that all important lead at the top of the group. Next up… England!
When the girls arrived back in chilly Wales we went up to the Centre of Excellence in Ystrad Mynach to find out more about their trip tot he Baltics and that save, plus to find out what the girls get up to when they’re not wearing the red of Wales. Plumbing. Well.. for one Wales star at least.
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