Date: Thu 29 Jun 2017

International recognition for Cyncoed duo

The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League will be represented on the international stage next week with two players from Cyncoed Ladies earning call-ups to Jayne Ludlow's senior Wales squad.

Alice Griffiths and Gwennan Davies have been included in the 26-player squad for the upcoming A and B team friendlies against the Netherlands. The opening A team match takes place at the Sparta Stadium in Rotterdam on Saturday, 8th July before an experimental B team head to the KNVB Campus in Zeist the following day. The two fixtures follow on from the recent friendlies against Portugal and will form part of Wales' preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers that start later this year.

The inclusion of Griffiths and Davies is testament to the improving standard of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League. It also rounds-off a hugely successful season for Griffiths after she was named as the WPWL Young Player of the Year in the recent awards evening, while Davies has been called-up previously, and clearly impressed to find herself back amongst the senior Wales squad this time around. It was a mixed season for Cyncoed as Fern Burrage's side finished fifth in the table, but they claimed a few memorable scalps along the way, including a 4-1 victory over former champions Cardiff Met last November.

Wales missed out on qualifying for the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 finals that take place in the Netherlands in July, but now have the opportunity to test themselves against the hosts in what is sure to be another tough challenge for Ludlow and her side. However, Wales have made significant progress since the last qualifying campaign came to a close, and coming up against talented and experienced opponents like the Netherlands can only benefit the players involved. Hopefully Griffiths and Davies can bring this professional experience back to Cyncoed and the WPWL on their return.

Squad

CLAIRE SKINNER - ASTON VILLA LADIES FC
LAURA O’SULLIVAN - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
LOREN DYKES - BRISTOL CITY WFC
HANNAH MILES - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
HAYLEY LADD - BRISTOL CITY WFC
SOPHIE INGLE - LIVERPOOL LADIES FC
GEMMA EVANS - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
SHAUNNA JENKINS - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
CHLOE CHIVERS - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
ANGHARAD JAMES - YEOVIL TOWN LADIES FC
CHLOE LLOYD - CARDIFF CITY LADIES
BRONWEN THOMAS - BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION FC
GEORGIA EVANS - BRISTOL CITY WFC
NADIA LAWRENCE - YEOVIL TOWN LADIES FC
ALICE GRIFFITHS - CYNCOED LADIES FC
NATASHA HARDING - LIVERPOOL LADIES FC
KAYLEIGH GREEN - UNATTACHED
MELISSA FLETCHER - READING FC WOMEN
RHIANNON ROBERTS - DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES FC
PEYTON VINCZE - OKLAHOMA FC
FFION MORGAN - CARDIFF CITY LADIES FC
GWENNAN DAVIES - CYNCOED LADIES FC
AMINA VINE - BRISTOL CITY WFC
CASSIA PIKE - LIVERPOOL LADIES FC
LILY WOODHAM - BRISTOL CITY WFC
ELISE HUGHES - EVERTON FC


FIXTURES
The Netherlands v Wales
Saturday 8th July 2017
Kick off 16:00 local time
Sparta Stadium, Rotterdam

The Netherlands v Wales (B International)
Sunday 9th July 2017
Kick off 13:00 local time
KNVB Campus, Zeist

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