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.
Cardiff Devils 2, Guildford Flames 0 Goalie Ben Bowns kept a third shutout in four Elite League matches as Cardiff Devils stayed on course to win the Elite League ice hockey title. They have seven fixtures to play in the regular season and are four points ahead of Belfast Giants. Both teams have... Read More
Cardiff Devils goalie Ben Bowns, a Yorkshireman in his fifth season with the Welsh club, is Elite League Player of Week. British netminder Bowns gave reigning champions and leaders Devils a massive boost posted keeping back-to-back shutouts and saving 97.59 per cent of the shots he faced over three fixtures. Devils won... Read More
The Bluebirds used 18 players and scored six goals in their opening first team friendly on their week-long tour to Devon and Cornwall. Only goalkeepers Alex Smithies and Brian Murphy stayed on the bench, watching Neil Etheridge complete a clean sheet. This was Neil Warnock’s ninth visit to AFC Tavistock as a... Read More
Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds go for gold when they play Reading at home on Sunday. dai-sport journalist Terry Phillips has been reporting on Cardiff City for a quarter of a century. Here is part two of his reflection on the club’s promotion seasons. Craig Bellamy stood at the front of the open top... Read More
Accrington Stanley arrive in South Wales in search of title glory on Tuesday (7.45pm). Manager John Coleman and his Stanley team need one point from their final three matches to be crowned League Two champions and he says: “The boys want all nine points available.” Accrington have already clinched promotion to League... Read More
Llanelli Town had plenty of champagne available when they clinched the Nathaniel Cars Welsh League title. Their players are have to take a certain item to every match - and for their fixture at Port Talbot Town that item was a bottle of champagne each. Failure to turn up with the item selected... Read More