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THE WELSH AND SCOTCH FOOTBALL MATCH AT PARTICK, GLASGOW. Another international match came off on Saturday, March 25. On this occasion a Welsh and a Scotch team, each representative, engaged in the fight, and again the home players declared their superiority-this time, perhaps, in an even more decided manner than in some of the pre- vious matches. The mqtch, as indeed all the others have been, was looked forward to with the interest of excited national feeling, and as if the national honour hung on the result of the event. It was just as expected, therefore, when a number of thousands turned out to witness the contest. When the players took the field, at half-past three o'clock, a dense body, comprising all classes of people, stood round the ropes, nearly as many more who had not come into the park at all were in possession of every coign of 'vantage outside, while the grand stand was completely occupied, a large number of ladies beinJ amongst the com- pany. Uiider these favourable auspices, and with a warm cheer of encouragement, the play was commenced. The trams were;âTFafes: Goal, D. Thompson (Shropshire Wander- ers),^ backs, W. A. W. Evans (St. John's, Oxford), 1,1. Kenrick, captain (Shropshire Wanderers); half-back-), E. A. Cross (Wrexham), W. Williams (Druid.) forwards, J. H, Edwards (London Wanderers), G. F. Thomson (Woodford Wells), D. Gray (Druids), J Jones (Druids), W. H. Davies (Oswestry), A. Davies (\Vrexha.m). Scotland: Goal, A. M'Geoch (Dumbreck); backs, J. Taylor (Queen's Park), R. W. Neill (Queen's Park); lulf-backs, A. Kennedy (Eastern), C, Campbell (Queen's Park, captain); forwards, II, M'Neil (Queen's Park), M. M'Neil (Rangers). T. Highet (Queen's Park), W. M'Kinnon (Queen's Park), J. J. Lang (Clydesdale), Ferguson (Vale of Leven). The Scotch won the toss, and during the first half of the game had the advantage of the slight incline on which the grr.und lies. The ball, which was speedily carried into Welsh territory, was worked down upon the goal, where some scrimmaging took place, and Edwards afterwards getting possession of the leather, ran it up t) mid field. It there received a check, however, and was brought back to the position it left in front of the goal, where it was kept bumping from head to head for some time in lively fashion. In this tussle the Scotch made a good attempt upon the goal, and it nearly fell to their assault. Evans, equal to the occa- sion, saved the fortress. He caught the ball as it was being kicked through, and, amid the cheers of the spectators, sent it up field. Play became somewhat opener-the ball was now on the one side of the ground and now on the other, but the Welsh, who nevertheless played pluckily, were unable to get it beyond the limit of their own territory. The Scotch again made for the goal, and even succeeded in kicking the ball right into it. But the watchful keeper had it in his hands, and the assailants were once more outwitted. Having been run up and down the Welsh ground several times, the ball got across the line, and fell to Taylor to kick off. He sent it right through the goal, on which a cheer arose from the onlookers, but the "goal" was a blank, the ball not having been touched by any one. A bona fide success, however, soon followed. The game had proceeded about forty minutes, during which the contest was keen and well kept up. But the home players had invariably the best of it, working better together than their opponents, who showed to more advan- tage in individual than in combined play. At this stage, as has been indicated, the Scotch secured their first success Lang, who had the ball, kicked it in from the centre. It was caught by Thomson, the keeper, but Ferguson, seeing an advantage, jumped forward with remarkable sudden-ess, and the ball getting out of Thomson's hands, was, amid great cheering, kicked home. In a short time after, the position of the game unchanged, sides were reversed. With the change of sides, however, there was no change of fortune, which continued to the close with the Scotch players. When play had been rd. sumed about eight minutes, the Scotch scored their second goal, and it was obtained in this wise:âCampbell succeeded in working the ball up to the fortress, and there one of the M'Neills gave it a kick which landed it against one of the side posts. The leather rebounded back, but M'Kinnon, who was ready by, returned it with sure aim. The manoeuvre seemingly took Thomson unawares. Five minutes more sufficed for the gaining of the third goal. The ball was getting knocked from one to another in front of the fortress; the ^'oal was more than onco in jeopardy, and within the time mentioned, it fell t,) Lang, who headed" the ball through. One or two narrow escapes followed, and eventually, for a fourth time, the stronghold was ob- liged to succumb to the well-directed attacks of the Scotch. Time was called shortly after five o'clock, the game standingâScotch team, four goals Welsh team, nil. Of the Welsh players, the backsâW. A. W. Evans and L1. Kendrickâshowed decidedly best, and W. Williams was not unfrequently good in his play. In the evening the visi- tors were enteitained to dinner by their successful oppon- ents.âGlasgoxo Herald.

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