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WELSH ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE…

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WELSH ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE CUP. FINAL TIE.—DRUIDS v. RUTHIN. The final struggle for the possession of this handsome trophy for the ensuing year, together with the ownership of the medals which accompany it, took place on the Wrexham Racecouse, on Saturday last,, between the Druids and Ruthin Clubs. They were favoured by fine weather and a large, enthusiastic, not to say excited, concourse of sjWctators assembled to witness the game. The Ruthin team were the first to appear in the arena, having donned the amber and black stripes before their rivals had reached the ground, and were awarded a round of applause. Half-an-hour was wasted in preliminaries, the choice of an um- pire being the chief cause of the delay, and the Druids then walked on the ground receiving a hearty cheer from their friends. Kenrick won the toss and selected the goal furthest from the town for attack. Lloyd set the ball going towards the Druids' goal. Both sides soon set to work in earnest and the game waged fast, chiefly in the Ruthin half of the ground, the hands of their goal keeper being called into requisition several times to avert disaster. Each side secured corner kicks, but no score was made until after nearly a half hour's play, when, after a sharp attack had been repelled by Ruthin, Owen got the ball and made a tine run, and the Druids' backs taking the man instead of the ball and Jnissing both, he got beyond them and passed the ball to Good- n, who sent it neatly through the posts, to the consternation of the followers of the Ancients," who had anticipated a bloodless victory, and the great joy of the Wrexhamites, with whom the Druids are out of favour. Encouraged by their suc- cess Ruthin made another onslaught, a good shot by Owen producing a corner kick from the goal keeper. The venue of the game again changed to the Ruthin quarters, and the ball was shot at the goal. The Custodian caught it and carried it out of danger, and a free kick was claimed by and allowed to the Druids, within a couple of yards of the goal line. A goal seemed certain, but the Ruthin frustrated the attempt, and when half time was called the game stood in favour of Ruthin by one goal to nil. On changing ends the Druids at once took the offensive and had several narrow chances of scor- ing, and about twenty minutes from half-time a free kick Was given to Druids for a trip. The ball was put well up to the goal and got away a short distance. J. Jones brought it up ain and passed it to Cross, who sent it on to Vaughan, and the latter made the game even by sending it through the posts. In eight minutes moról another disaster befel the Ruthinitos, John Jones cleverly putting the leather between the posts after Bill had sent it in front of them. With the exception of one or two breaks away, from one of which a corner kick was secured, the iame resolved itself into almost an uninterrupted attack on the Ruthin goal; but the defence was a desperate one, and although the Druids were several times within an ace of scoring, no further goal was secured, and the game thus ended in their favour by two goals to nil. Both teams were heartily cheered on their way to the dress- ing-room, at the emtrance to which the Druids' captain received the usual (Wrexham) courtesies. The Druids, which is one of the eldest clubs in the Principality, well deserved their success, as their captain Was one of the earliest promoters of the Assoeiation, and in the first year played in the "final," when after a desparate struggle Wrexham scored a goal in the last minute, and secured the trophy. Last year they nad no local habitation and scarce a name, and even this year have had great difficulty in getting a ground to play on. That they won on their merits no one can doubt, and if they can keep their team together it will be a difficult matter to wrest the cup from their grasp next year. Kenrick was scarcely in his old form, but Powell surpassed himself; the dogged determination of Williams and the dash of Bowen deserve equal praise and,;bar Ketley, who was very uncertain in his kick, the whole of the forwards played splendidly, their only apparent failing being a Want of deliberation in front of goal. Roberts stoppeu several good shots, but his habit of running out is likely at some time to bring down disaster on his team. Ruthin is quite a new Club, and therefore deserve all the more credit for attaining their present position. They have ex- cellent material, and need only a very little weeding and more experience to make that position secure. Parry did excellent Service as goal keeper. Roberts improved if anything on the capital form ihe exhibited against the Exelsiors. Maddocks, Mostyn, and Williams played hard as half backs, the first- -A particularly so. The forwards were a very even set and Played well together, and they (and Owen in particular) are to be congratulated in scoring against so formidable an array of backs as were opposed to them. They all, however, seemed to tire at the finish, but whether from want of, or too much, train- lug their friends know best. The duties of umpires and referee were most impartially per- formed by Messrs. Bethell (Birkenhead), Manners (secretary of the Association), and Brooks (Wolverhampton). The teams were composed as under ;— DRUIDS. Goal, B. Roberts backs, LI. Kenrick (captain) and J. Powell; **4lf backs, W. Williams and E. Bowen right wing, John Jones klid D. Heywood; left wing, J. Vaughan and "Jack" Jones; telatre, K. Crosse and C. Ketley. RUTHIN. Goal, H. Parry: backs, T. Roberts and G. Halley; half "*cks, K. Maddocks, Price Mostyn, and R. Williams; right *ing,W. P. Owen andW. H. Roberts (cap.); left wing,Urlah Good- win and G. H. Simon centre, Alun Lloyd.

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