Ryan Giggs thanked Daniel James for bringing his club form for Swansea City to the international stage after Wales began their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a vital win. It was James’ early goal that enabled Wales to beat Slovakia 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium to ensure they are among the early pace-setters in , rather than a step behind. Swansea winger James marked his first competitive international start with a fifth-minute strike as Wales got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to a dream start.
Slovakian skipper Marek Hamsik still recalls the day Ben Davies stopped him from scoring the first goal for his country at the Euro 2016 finals in France - and changed the course of football history for both nations. Wales went on to win 2-1 and continued all the way to the semi-finals, while Slovakia, also at their first Euro finals, went out at the pool stages. There were only three minutes on the clock when Hamsik slalomed his way into the Welsh penalty area and shot past Wayne Hennessey for what seemed like a certain goal.
Allen Clarke has backed his Ospreys team to continue to recover from the death wish placed on them and suggested no-one outside the region will know the extent of their turmoil. Just two weeks after being crumpled like a piece of waste paper and hurled towards the bin, the Ospreys showed their resolve with a 29-20 bonus point victory over the Dragons. The win – underpinned by four tries from full-back Dan Evans – came in their first game since merger plans with the Scarlets, backed by the Welsh Rugby Union, were abandoned following the outrage that ensued.
Golden oldie Gareth Bale has vowed to help polish the new gems as Wales aim to sparkle again in the European Championships. Almost three years after being the jewel in the crown for Chris Coleman’s team at Euro 2016, Bale is still the most precious piece in the new line-up under Ryan Giggs. But as Wales prepare to take on Slovakia tonight in their opening qualifier for Euro 2020, the Real Madrid star – not yet even 30 – is the self-confessed “oldie” compared to the new crops of youngsters who will provide vital support.
Welsh trainers Phil Dando, Tim Vaughan and Dai Rees all saddled winners at Bangor-on-Dee (writes Brian Lee). Dando, who trains at Peterston-super-Ely, took the Broxton Gates Handicap Hurdle with his home bred Driftwood Haze which scored by half-a-length from bottom weighted Samson's Reach, ridden by James Bowen. Driftwood Haze, a 5-1 chance, was... Read More
Wales' leading Arabian horse racing jockey Charlie Price is equally comfortable over the sticks as he is on the Flat and at Chepstow he won the opening novice hurdle handicap (writes Brian Lee). Price is attached to Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan's yard. Riding 11-year-old Flanagans Field for Bargoed's Bernard Llewellyn,... Read More
Llancarfan trainer Evan Williams had a winner at far-flung Carlisle when The Last Day came out on top (writes Brian Lee). The Last Day had been a runner-up in two previous starts. Stable jockey Adam Wedge was on board and seven-year-old The Last Day went off the 4-9 favourite in a Racing... Read More
Wales Ace Jonathan Davies Celebrates Grand Slam Plus Potters Corner Horse Racing Success At Uttoxeter
Wales rugby international Jonathan Davies had two reasons to celebrate following the Grand Slam success against Ireland. That, of course, was number one, but Davies also had that winning feeling in horse racing. Davies is a member of the syndicate which own Potters Corner, a 20-1 chance who won the Midlands Grand... Read More
Teenager James Bowen won the Fakenham Silver Cup to complete a hat-trick of victories at the Norfolk racecourse (writes Brian Lee). Bowen, aged 18, is the son of trainer Peter from Haverfordwest in West Wales completed his treble when grey gelding Thistimenextyear landed the £18,000 feature race. Christian Williams, who trains at... Read More
Silver Streak, the rank outsider at 80-1, finished third behind the Irish-trained Espoir D'Allen and Melon in the Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle (writes Brian Lee). Silver Streak, trained by Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams and the only grey in a 10 runner field, was ridden by stable jockey Adam Wedge. "He... Read More