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.
Merthyr Town are still clinging to an outside chance of earning a play-off spot as they prepare to entertain the Swans at the MetCoaches Community Stadium on Saturday (3pm). They are 11 points behind fifth-placed Poole Town with a game in hand and are at home to EvoStik Southern League Premier... Read More
Michael Flynn admits Newport County’s League Two play-off dream is fading, saying: “You won’t get in the play-offs with away form as bad as ours.” The Exiles suffered a 12th away defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Northampton Town after a magnificent 88th minute goal by substitute Joe Powell. County are... Read More
Long-Serving Martyrs Secretary Jamie Steps Down - Earns Praise From Manager, Players, Staff And Fans
Merthyr Town football secretary Jamie Mack will step down from his role at the end of the 2018/19 season. Mack has held the role for nine seasons, beginning when the club reformed in 2010 as Merthyr Town FC. He told club chairman Jonathon Davies and manager Gavin Williams that he wishes to... Read More
Michael Flynn admitted he felt relieved after Newport County’s 4-1 League Two away win against relegation battlers Notts County at Meadow Lane. Jamille Matt (2), Fraser Franks and Padraig Amond scored for Newport, who earned a first away victory in their last 11 League attempts. Now County focus on their trip to... Read More
Graham Potter heads back to one of his former clubs on Tuesday night hoping the Stoke City faithful have finally forgiven him for missing a header in the Championship play-off semi-finals 22 years ago. Swansea City manager Potter played more than 50 times over three seasons for Stoke, but left... Read More
There was a shock in story for Tom Parisi when he arrived at Ice Arena Wales for the first time. The American defenceman, Cardiff Devils final signing for 2018-19, was handed a team shirt with his name across the back, a coat which was far too big for him and a... Read More