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Gwennan Harries was delighed with her team's display as Wales opened the new campaign with a convincing 3-0 victory over Slovakia in their friendly at Llanelli.
The Everton striker netted two of the goals and she told Women's Soccer Scene after the match that morale is high ahead of their forthcoming World Cup qualifying group matches against Belgium and Czech Republic.
"It was a very pleasing performance and a nice way to give out a couple of first caps as well, so everybody's really happy," she said. "There's always some things we can work on but also a lot of positives.
"The management have always told the front two and wide players to be positive and express themselves and it was good that we could inter-link and exchange positions which caused them problems as well. The pace that we've got, especially Loren (Dykes) on the left, is a massive plus for us and it is good that she got her first goal today so that her confidence will be high as well."
Gwen started the ball rolling with the first goal in the opening twelve minutes. "It was a great ball from Jess (Fishlock), she's always playing through balls like that," she recalled. "I thought I was quite composed, putting it under the keeper - it was a nice start not just for me but for the whole team."
The second goal came from a 20-yard free kick early in the second half. "I just bent it around the wall and tried to keep it on the floor as the surface was quite zippy," said Gwen. "The keeper tried to palm the ball but just pushed it on into the net.
"I was quite pleased because whenever we do free kicks I never get put down as the first one to take them so it was just nice to put my stake out."
Gwen also had the opportunity of becoming the first player to ever score a hat-trick in a match for the Welsh senior side. "I didn't know that, I'm a bit more gutted now," she replied when told. "But it's all about the team more than individuals, as long the team got a good win and performance that's the main thing really."
"It was a good result for us especially going into the qualifiers as it will give us confidence," added Jessica Fishlock. "Overall, I think we can be pleased with the way we played today.
"It was good for us as we can still see where some problems lie. "We've got girls who are good enough to play and we just need time and games like this to get used to playing football.
"We can't say it was perfect today because it wasn't there were times at the back when we got ourselves in trouble but that just comes with playing - if we don't make those errors in these kind of games then we're never going to get any better.
"It was good that we didn't make any errors that costs any goals - we kept a clean sheet, which was fantastic."
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