Natasha Harding scored an impressive hat-trick as Jayne Ludlow's side cruised to a 6-0 win against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.
The convincing victory to the opening Group C qualifier was never in doubt after Harding and Emma Jones put the side two goals ahead inside the opening minutes, and while Kayleigh Green failed to convert her penalty before half-time, it made little difference to the result.
Harding added two more in the second half and will claim an assist for the own goal that extended Wales' advantage, while Rhiannon Roberts completed the scoring in the final seconds of the game. There was also a senior team debut for 15-year old Carrie Jones as she replaced Jones on 82 minutes.
The manner of the victory means that Wales head into Tuesday's qualifier against Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade full of confidence. Click here to buy tickets and get behind the girls in this qualifying campaign.
Huge good luck to @Cymru v Faroe Islands this afternoon. Played there myself (with manager Jayne Ludlow)-won 1-0. Same tonight please girls @sophieingle01 @tashharding09 @RazzaRoberts @helenwardie10 @k2theroll @angharadjames16 @charlieestcourt @rachelsrowe #Befootball— Laura McAllister (@LauraMcAllister) August 29, 2019
Following months of preparation, Jayne Ludlow's side finally head into UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying against the Faroe Islands later this afternoon.
The opening Group C match against the bottom-ranked team takes place in the capital city of Torshavn, and while the opposition will not be taken for granted, Wales head into the match as favourites following the recent 1-0 win over New Zealand that offered a massive confidence boost ahead of the new campaign.
The last qualifying campaign moved women's football in Wales to another level, and the key now will be to build on that momentum. With a home match against Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade next Tuesday, Ludlow and her squad will be desperate to get off to a perfect start in these qualifiers, with the aim of finally making it to the finals of a major tournament.
Follow our social media channels for live updates and all the pre-match build-up, with live coverage of the match available online via BBC Sport Wales.
Wales begin their qualifying campaign for #Euro2021 away to Faroe Islands tonight— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) August 29, 2019
And they welcome the pressure of trying to reach a first major finals!
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All five teams in Group C of UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying are in action over the course of the next week, with Wales, Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands starting their respective campaigns with two games.
The action begins on Thursday when the Faroe Islands take on Wales, and continues on Friday when Northern Ireland face the challenge of Norway in Belfast.
Two more games take place on Tuesday, 3rd September, as the Faroe Islands travel to Belarus, and Wales host Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade. Click here to buy tickets.
Waw! Croeso i Ynysoedd y Ffaro!— Wales (@Cymru) 28 August 2019
Jayne Ludlow's side have landed in the picturesque Faroe Islands. Who's ready for tomorrow's match?
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Croatian referee Ivana Pejkovic will take charge of the match between the Faroe Islands and Wales on Thursday.
Her most recent appointments were in the UEFA Women's Champions League qualifiers earlier this month. Pejkovic was named as fourth official for three of the Group 2 matches played in Montenegro.
Last September, Pejkovic refereed the UEFA Women's U17 Championship Group 6 qualifiers in Portugal between Belgium and Andorra, as well as Andorra against Turkey. She will be assisted on Thursday by Barbara Vidović and Maja Petravić, while Vesna Budimir is the fourth official. All of the officials are from Croatia.
Wales open their UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying campaign against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, but what do you actually know about the bottom-ranked team in Group C?
The Faroe Islands have traditionally struggled in UEFA competition throughout their history in both the men's and women's games, although they have experienced success in other tournaments, winning the Island Games in 2001, 2003 and 2005, and claiming the Women's Baltic Cup in 2016.
Paetur Smith Clementsen was appointed manager of the national team in April 2017, and since October 2018 has combined his role with that of U17 team manager. Meanwhile, captain Rannva B. Andreasen is the all-time record appearance holder and the all-time record goalscorer.
The match will take place in the capital city of Tórshavn, named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightening in Norse mythology. The Faroe Islands are made up of 18 individual islands in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, with a combined population of about 50,000 people. Around 20,000 of them live in Tórshavn.
Wales travel to the Faroe Islands for the first of their Euro 2021 Qualifiers.— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) 26 August 2019
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A new name in Jayne Ludlow's squad is 15-year old Carrie Jones, and the Cardiff City youngster recently sat down with Katie Sands of WalesOnline to tell her story.
"I got in the car with mum, and she goes 'you've made the squad'," explained Carrie, when asked about her elevation to the senior squad ahead of the start of the UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying campaign."I couldn't believe it. It's a proud moment for me and my family. The victory is sweeter when you've put so much hard work into it.
"The older players have told me to enjoy the experience on and off the field, get what you can, because not every player is going to get the opportunity to be in a senior squad at such a young age. I am really nervous, I have been on a few camps before but obviously I haven't been 15 so I haven't been an age that I could play, but now I am."
Click here to read the full interview as Carrie discusses the commitment and dedication it takes to balance school, football and the travelling involved.
Fans of Jayne Ludlow's Wales can enjoy coverage of the entire UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying campaign following the announcement of a new partnership between the FAW and BBC Cymru Wales.
The opening match of the campaign will be broadcast online via a live stream as Wales take on the Faroe Islands in Torshavn on Thursday. Former Wales international and current BBC Cymru Wales pundit Gwennan Harries believes the move is another important step for the development of the women's game in Wales.
"This is a really exciting time for women's football right now and I'm delighted to be a part of the BBC Wales team for this campaign," said Harries. "The squad has remained settled from the strong World Cup campaign they had last year, both on and off the pitch, and this is another step in showing the development women's football is making in this country."
Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Wales welcomed New Zealand to Cardiff back in June for a friendly international as the visitors continued their preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup finals.
Wales had narrowly missed on qualifying for the tournament, but claimed a memorable victory through an injury time winner from striker Kayleigh Green. Click the video below for the match highlights.
A big week covering the Wales women’s team with @HuwWynnMorgan ahead of their Euro 21 qualifying campaign begins today in Slough. Next stop, the Faroe Islands. Plenty of content and the game (Thursday), LIVE, all on @BBCSportWales @bbcsport pic.twitter.com/V7MTv4Y6U6— Michael Pearlman (@MPearlo) 26 August 2019
Here's a reminder of Jayne Ludlow's squad for the opening UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland.
"For us as a small nation we try and pick as many players as we can who are playing at the highest level of the game," explained Ludlow. "We've done that again. There's some new additions too and I'm sure they're all looking forward to what should be an exciting and challenging campaign."
Since the announcement, midfielder Rachel Rowe has withdrawn from the squad and has been replaced by Josie Green.
Follow the latest updates with the Live Match Hub as Cymru prepare to kick off their UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualification campaign in the Faroe Islands on Thursday, 29 August.
Keep checking this page for all the latest information ahead of the match.