First Team 16/10/2019

Internationals: Mariappa’s Jamaica On Fire

There were wins for Adrian Mariappa, Craig Cathcart and Pontus Dahlberg in the final matches for Hornets on international duty this October break.

Mariappa helped his Jamaica side keep a clean sheet in a 6-0 thrashing of Aruba in a CONCACAF Nations League match in the early hours of this morning (October 16).

The Reggae Boyz remain top of their four-team group, with four wins from four. Mariappa’s team have scored 18 goals and are yet to concede.

Elsewhere, Cathcart played 90 minutes for Northern Ireland as the Green and White Army won 3-2 away against the Czech Republic in a friendly match in Prague on Monday night (October 14).

A Jonny Evans goal and a brace from Paddy McNair put the visitors ahead and, despite a late fightback from the hosts, Cathcart’s defence held out for the victory.

Dahlberg also kept a clean sheet for his Sweden Under-21 side on Tuesday (October 15) as he kept goal in the team’s 3-0 away win at Luxembourg in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier match.

Ben Wilmot was an unused substitute for England Under-21s as the Young Lions defeated Austria 5-1 in their UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier at Stadium MK on Tuesday.

The fixtures mark an end to the international break for the Golden Boys on duty, with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur up next for the Hornets.


Trust: Hughes Helps Launch Premier League Inspires

Hornets midfielder Will Hughes recently visited Vicarage Road Stadium to help Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust launch their brand-new programme Premier League Inspires.

Premier League Inspires is a curriculum-based programme aimed at young people aged 11-25 years old who are marginalised or at risk of not fulfilling their potential. The programme runs across the academic year with a mixture of stadium-based events, timetabled sessions, one to one support meetings and social action volunteering. The programme is available free to all secondary schools or educational establishments.

Hughes was on hand to speak with secondary school pupils about his inspirations in life and work, as well as the attributes needed to succeed in their chosen career pathways. At a vital time for pupils, with exams and key decisions on the horizon, the Hornets star also reiterated the importance of keeping on top of your mental resilience and how even top footballers feel certain pressures.

Community Project Officer (Young People) at the Trust, Lucy Tearle, said of Hughes’ visit: “The main aim of our Premier League Inspires programme is to inspire the young people, so enabling them to meet a first team player like Will Hughes was a fantastic experience. His inspiration, passion and dedication to his profession was something which they will all take away.”

Another Watford star, Gerard Deulofeu, also shared what inspires him on social media as local schools attended the launch and will now take part in the Premier League Inspires programme.

The schools taking part in the first round of delivery are Adeyfield Academy, Rickmansworth School, Parmiters School, Hatch End High School and The Reach Free. To get your school involved contact Lucy Tearle at