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WELSH ASSOCIATION CUP. I WREXHAM v. OSWESTRY. j The match between these teams was played on the; Wrexham ground on December 22nd, resulting in a drawn game. A further, and more decisive game, was played on the Oswestry ground, oil Saturday last, when the home team suffered defeat by two goals to none. Plav commenced shortly after 2130, the home captain kicking off towards the town goal, defended by the viitor, To say that Murless made a ?ood re- turn from a big kick by Hi?ham, and that Price w? neatly tackieil by Davies, and the ball sent to touch, from thence it was thrown out hy Edwards, and from which Dyke managed to miss the goal, would but verv inadequately describe the progress of the game, and ii j general summary is more intelligible to the general reader than a mass of names and technical terms. i After the ball was set in motion, the Oswestry for- wards, with their usual impetuosity, at once seized j the advantage, and worked the ball with great rapidity to the vicinity of their opponents goal, and the goal keeper, Pheimah, had an earlv opportunity of distin- guishmg himself ,ucees?fillIN- l?y the stopping of snme rattling shots at his position, for which he was cheered from :iH parts of the field. Although taken aback by such effective repulses, the home forwards came agaiii and again to the attack, and were very materially helped in their assaults by the very forward play of their half backs, some of whom made shots at goal, For the first quarter of an hour the play was a succession of tiery onslaughts on the Wrex- ham position, the defenders of which had to put forth their utmost strength to withstand the rushes of the now nine Oswestry forwards The rashness of the too forward play of the home had; had been the subject of comment by many of the initiated on-lookers, and the Wrexham forwards being- fresh and on the alert, they inflicted a sharp lesson on the bad generalship of playing without reserves by scoring a goal the first time they bad possession of the ball. It happened in this wise. Prom a timely pass from the left wing, Price, who played singly in the centre, was put in custody of the ball, and making a short run was pressed by the Oswestry backs hastening to the defence of their goal, when he passed the ball to the right wing players, and Edwards seeing a chance sent it between the goal posts, the ball passing between the legs of the keeper. This unexpected disaster put a damper upon the energy of the home team, and although good individual efforts were put forth, the team as a whole did not show up so formid- ably as prior to the winning of the goal by the visitors. | W. H. Davies made extraordinary efforts to equalize matters, but in his eagerness to score he ignored his compatriots, for had he passed ofteuer to Shone and Dyke on the right, and Savin and Owen on the left, there would have been a likelier chance of scoring. As it was the Wrexham backs massed their forces amI: were able to frustrate his frequent rushes. The O- westrv fortress nearly sustained a downfall just before the call of half-time, and had Loxham and Price played a little more carefully another goal might have been counted to the credit of the visitors. After the change of sides the hopes of the Wrexham p:;rtI,s ¡ were in the ascendant as si?ns of na?sin? were phmly Derceutable in the ranks of the home team. The latter I made several spirited spurts but the efforts could not be sustained. The superior weight and sta. in, powers of the Wrexham men began to be apparent, and the (Iswestry men had to fall back towards their goal. At about fifteen minutes after the change of ends, the home team made a more combined effort to score aim illeetili,z with partial success the half-backs were again well up the field, when they received a repetition of the previous disaster, for on Loxliam passing the ball to the centre. Price managed cleverly to pass Groves and Higham, and having the goal at his mercy, shot the ball through, just beyond the reach of the goal- keeper. The game from this point to the end was not very interesting as the visitors still played somewhat upon the defensive, and were determined to hold to the end the position they had hitherto won. The home team rushes were getting less and less telling, and al- though several attempts by both teams were made no further result was attained and the game el1,lell-1 Wrexham two goals to none. Of the corner kicks 1 Oswestry had by far the larger share, but no material ?,tiii thi-(Pti g h hztv i iig tlii-4 advantage accured to either team through having this important advantage, It was fairly demonstrated in the well-fought match that the long passing gaime, although slower is more effective than quick dribbling and close passing, and had the home defence been better organised and controlled upon the I field the result might hai-e been different. But it is to the credit of the winning team that they perceived at once the cracks in the enemy's armour, anil made most of the advantage. The Wrexham players came i on the ground with a due respect for a callam ,ut the Ow?try men undoubtedly exm>rtJ/l ?<- ?oundto the vu.tonous str.un'? .R Hero Comes." from the band which w? i?, tt.ing The payers were as follows WREXHAM--Goal, Pheimah; n)a,.k^ f. (captain), .nd K T. W. Davies ),   ??' sen.. A. K. Cross, and A. h?i? r't" Edwards and .?mcs tt?ies; (left r- and E. Evans, jmt. ? (centre), J. ivyce "'?h?'" OSWESTRY (?oa). T. F. William,. N (i Higham (half backs), J. <hâves M G. Davies (nxht wing), W. W..O?nc .?'. T' ,|nlm ?'" C ''? wing), G. Savin and W. )) oCn, â (Mt Davies, (.?Lpt:nn), :md R. Hamer i-i W â H. Jewett viessis. Jewett and A. Jones referee ?'?''<- L MR pmU'. T>W'S, WREXHAM. Dunns v. RHOS. 'r!"S{, (.))t)? F :JllIIr!a.l'. on thMgi.,umt of the ?ttt.r. t.. <l,i,lr. >:dlll(l!iy. tie, and the game resulted ? the rw i*1 «'Up three wmls to nothing. The ground ws o .s'.?.,? ?The n n..i state for .uood phn The fol!u int, v i-rrLo tth I' a'-ers DRI U.S. -Goal. J. Watkins ⢠I '<"â DMu,s.-(:?..f. W,.t). .M"N is ol|,l J.Pnwen: half-hac:k". A, ?. ?'"?-h. forw-ir(is, I)r. th"l', T,?" EetW ?- D.ivies,aud T. Kvans, (MrKin, Rilos.- Goal, P<,wys-,IiiIlt.s |A Williams-) Taffe; half-backs, o..I,,1 ,?' ?" '?' forward, C. Taylor, Niclmhs '?' ?!t.. ?,; Pllillips. As was anticipated in one of om- :u. ao, the following dubs won ?. ?' H.s. Gwersyllt beat 'J:n?o)!e)tt?o.? J isev,'1; ties, b?tConvoi s?en?'? ton.,?. ? beat Conven seven goals to none â¢' i,r ii, three goals to none; Wrexham 1^0 >«"* goals to none, and Ahcr.?t?it), s.-rat.w t V'Uv<> stars. At a meeting of ?te coiiuâ;ft^ ?'? the Wynn? Ãrm" Ruabon, 011 Tnesilav^ i-U:l' the .!r? for the third ties ",IS as ?.?).? '? '?st, Druids v. Wrexham, at Plasmadw Bangor v. (iv.ersyllt, at Ban' gor' Newtown Stars, a bye.

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