First Team 11/09/2019

Internationals: Dahlberg Makes Penalty Save

Pontus Dahlberg saved a penalty for Sweden Under-21s last night in a UEFA U21 Championship qualifier match against the Republic of Ireland.

Dahlberg made the save just after the hour-mark with his side leading 1-0, diving to his right to prevent Aaron Connolly from levelling the scores.

However, the away side went on to equalise soon after before scoring two more late goals in the 87th and 92nd minutes to win the match.

Elsewhere, Domingos Quina shone in midfield for Portugal Under-21s in a 2-0 UEFA U21 Championship qualifier win against Belarus.

Quina hit the post in the first half and set up a number of other chances before being substituted on the hour-mark for a forward as the team sought an opening goal.

Roberto Pereyra came off the bench for the final 25 minutes in Argentina’s 4-0 friendly win against a Mexico side which featured former Hornet Miguel Layún at right-back.

Ladies 10/09/2019

Ladies: Ward On Track For Injury Return

Helen Ward is on track to make a return from injury and will be back in full training this week, according to Head Coach Armand Kavaja.

The Wales international striker missed Sunday's defeat to Cardiff with a calf problem picked up late last month, but she was running at nearly full speed before the game at Kings Langley and looks set to play some part in the National League soon.

“She has been training and doing bits and pieces,” said Kavaja. “We have to take care of her as we don't want it to happen again, but she's better and we are hoping she will be back next week.”

The Golden Girls badly missed Ward's ruthless streak in front of goal against the Bluebirds. Kavaja's team carved out chance after chance but just missed someone of Ward's nous and experience to tuck the ball away.

“We did miss her,” said Kavaja. “We just didn't have that composure in front of goal or make the right decision. Helen has that experience and could have got one or two goals. It's frustrating not to win, but we've got to look forward as we've got a good squad.”