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"iIo WALES V. IRELAND. A FINE ASSOCIATION GAME. Association football has not been favourably looked upon in Swansea in the past, but since the grand game which was witnessed at the St. Helen's Field on Saturday last, between Wales and Ireland, it has gained almost, if Lot quite, as many, admirers as the Kugby game. There is certaialy more science in Socker than there is in Rugby and the 9,000 or 10,000 spectators-though, probably, so accustomed are they to the Rugby game, they kuew very little about Asso-iatiun-showed their appreciation of any brilliant bits of play-and they were many-in a very marked manner. Indeed the most enthusiastic Rugbyites, if the term is per- missible, could not help giving vent to their admiratiou in words which had a cheery ring to the Socker devotees, who, hitherto, have not been numerous in Swansea. *». There is no doubt that the object of having the match played in Swansea was to introduce the Associa- tion game into South Waies, and I consider it a very good move on the part of the Association Committee. Certain it is that Swan-ea people are very thankful to them for opening their eyes to the beauties of a game which has hitherto been practically unknown in the southern part of the Principality. Capital sides opposed each uther, and the game from start to finish, proved interesting, the majority of the spectators laughing heartily at the headwork by the various plavers. Ireland, at the start, had the best of matters, and at the interval led by one goa.1 to love; but as the game progressed the Welshmen improved 'and out-plaving the visitors at all points in the second moiety, Wales ultimately won by four goals to one # Of the thirteen matches played, Wales have won eight to Ireland s three, with two drawn games I sincerely hope that the powers that De will see their way clear to bring a few more international Association matches to South Wales. u" *#* The teams were as followsWALES final T Trainer, backs-O D. 8. Taylor and Smart Arrid"e quarter-backs—R. Jones T. Cbapm.n, and Abel HayeS forwards—J. Evans, B. Lewis, W Lewii F r J J R„IBEUKO:-G«,LT.' lorrans and R. K. Stewart; quarter-backs-T P Burnett, R. Milne, and N. M'Keown forwards—R^rroS' Gibson, Stansfield, Gaflihin and Dalton. Barrow, **# MOREISTON V. LLANELLY. ..1. correspondent writes :-Certainly one of the most interesting local Kugby football fixtures of Saturday last was that between Moniston and Llanelly at Morrttton Tue teams are old rivals, and have met twice before this season, at Llanelly. On the first occa-ion, Morriston was victorious by eight points, and the second encounter ended in a draw. The Morristonians trotted out strongest fifteen, and were pretty confident of success. The weather was beautifully tine, the ground was in splendid condition, and the v-te was a large one. The spectators were fully repaid for waiiing rather more than half-au-hour for the arrival of the visitors, and witnessed a fine game. It was a game worth travelling tniiei to see, and those enthusiastic devotees of the Rugby game who would not give a thinking to see even an Inter- national Socker match, and who, therefore, took a trip to iiorriston were well rewarded. #*# The following were the teams ■—Llanrlly.—Back, Llew Every three-quarter backs, M. Williams, A. Rees, Owen Badger, and Percy Lloyd (cdptaio) half-backs, Evans and Davies; forwards, D. J. JJaniel, C. B. Nichol, D. W. Nichi.l, Steve Thomas, W. Morris, Joe Owen, J J r.es" and D. Thomas Morristo*.—Back, J. Thomas'; threel quarter backs, I). Arnold, J. Davies, Tom White, and fir-7 i ^alf"backs. Ivor Grey und Ross Thomas RoWt«S'n 'wards (captain), B. Livingstone, T. XJRS&KK. «» "A- A-«. io1Morr!"to1»Ckh\<lf0'TT^r f'1'1.7' and P,aT settled doi»n an'l carried th* 1 ^0ni0 t«rward« raised the siege, where JS"fil-IV0 V'6 1her end of the kick out, Morriston ^avour- Aft«r the strenuous efforts to cr «. pSi tbe backs made being hauled down onCtrhe8infbntS' °,"b ™°a' the call of half-time when th«* LlaneUy relieved just at 2 minors; Llaneily? Mom,ton. toil with a magnificent kick Parted for Morris- own So. The Morriston backet T'T? ?"V to his but Lloyd saved by interception a n 1°°ked dangerous, nick of time, and'som^^ ^wed"" f .the got away, but was called buck, after which ROM Th ""g nearly scored. Daniel bribing relief with „ piay ensued at the 25 flag until White, with a fine sho?' nearly dropped a go.I, getting a minor. After thn h nC out. D. Eva's, from a mark, found touch in neutral ground, from a lin^out, Daniel got awav, and passed to D. W. Nichol. who was, however, stopped. and K. Thomas qu ckly regained the lost ground, aBd passed to Arnold, who chucked forward. White, however getting hold, punted, and again got clear until tackled' by Every. Liatiell-v relieved with some kicks into touch, but some good passing between Rees Davies and Arnold quickly removed play into the visiting quarters. Itees and Davies passing be.utifullv enabled White to race across with a brilliant try. Deacon failed to convert. After the drop out, both sides played their hardest, and Llanelly were confined to their own ground. Morriston continaed the press u til the call of time, when the score was—.MorrMton. one try, three minors; Llanelly, fit. To say that the game was Inferesting would be but to convey a taint idea of its real nature. The both teams started with considerable rtash which was kept up throughout, and a pretty, open, and fast wai seen, For the first five or ten r inut-9, Llanelly had decidedly the better of it. but the Morriston pack, by dint of hard icrimmaging, and the three-quarters, by useful kicking and passing, removed the p ay to Lianeily's territory, where it ren aiued f ir the greater part of the first hafr. In the second half, Morriat n again attacked and looked canj-eroiis on several occasions, the defence offered j being very strong. The Morriston forwards held the scrams finely, and again and agata the half-backs passed out to the three-quarters, who indulged in some very pretty psissiag, much to the delight of their sup- porters. The try which White obtained was the resell of a very sharp bit of passing, the leather being hamdled by the halves and by three of the three- quarters. w Morriston is fortunate in obtaining the services of such a quartette as they turned out on Saturday, but there is one fault with their passing which lost them some very gvod chances of scoring, and that is that they pass rather too closely and too low. On the whole, however, their passing was very good, and tbeir tackliug and kicking were equally effective. They far outshone the Llanelly backs in attacking, but the visitors defended their citadel in splendid style. It would be difficult to single out any one man from the Morriston backs as being better than his confreres. Harry Rees is a promising player, and he possesses plenty of dash. I have no doubt that, in time, he will develop into as good a player as his brother, Conway. Jack Davies put in sOllie very useful kicking, and played a very unselfish game. White fully deserved the cheer- ing which greeted his try. He is very fast and takes his passes nicely, as also does Arnold, the other wing, who did what be had to do well. #*# To the halves is due, in no small degree, the well- deserved victory of Morriston. Playing behind a splendid pack, they obtained the ball times out of number and transferred to the three-quarters with an alacrity which completely bawildered the opposing pair. They were streets ahefcd of the Llanelly halves who did not seem to be able to get the ball away front the serum. When they did ^succeed in doing so, littie advantage followed. Of the Morriston forwards, R. G. Edwards, Deacen, Roberts, and Livingstone were most prominent, but every man worked for all he was worth. They were better than the Llanelly men in the scrimmage, and had a slight-very slight-advayitage in the loose. The Llanelly front contingent came away with some fine rushes at times and kept up a good pace. C. B. Nichol, and Daniels were the pick of the pack, the former putting in some hard work. D. Nichol was in splendid form. 11< I have already referred to the visitors' halves. Of their three-quarters there is little to say. They played a good defensive game and that is all. Badger was not at his best, but he and Percy Lloyd, who was also a little off colour, were the best of the quartette. There was not much to choose between the respective custodians, both of whom tackled aad kicked safely. RUGBY MATCHES. IRELAND V. SCOTLAND.—The fact that Ireland had beaten England, and that Scotland had been defeated by Wales, caused additional interest to be taken in this match at Dublin, on Saturday, and there was an immense concourse of spectators on the Llansdowne- road Ground. The Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland (Lord Houghton) was present, accompanied by Lord Charle- mont. Captain the Hon. A. Henniker, Colonel Jekyll, and others. The game was stubbornly contested from start to finish. The brilliant dribbling tactics of the home forwards were well checked, and up to within seven minutes of the close it seemed as if another drawn game would be the result, as was the case last year. The Irishmen, however, made one final effort, and r sweeping everything before them, Wells scored a try, which, being converted, left Ireland with victory by five points to nil. Of the 17 matches played between the two countries, Scotland have won 14 to Ireland's two, with one game drawn. # NEWPORT Y. BRADFORD.-The famous Yorkshire clnb paid its first visit to Newport on Saturday, but as com- pared with the Welsh champions they played a very poor game. From start to finish Newport held the upper hand, and ultimately inflicted a crushing reverse on Bradford, to the tune of four goals, five tres to nil. Bradford played Cardiff on Monday, and won by 2 goals, 1 try, to 1 goal, 1 try. # SWANSEA'S FIXTURE LIST. FIRST FIFTEEN. Date Opponents Place Mar. 3- Devonport Albion.. oo. Home 10- Ireland v. Wales 10 MORRISTON Away „ 17— NEWPORT Away „ 24— TYLDESLEY oo. Home „ 26— WIGAN Home „ 31- Aberavon Away April 7- GLOUCESTER Home 1^ SWINTON Away „ 16— WIGAN Away SECOND FIFTEEN. Mar. 3- Taibach Away „ 10- Bridgend Home >. 17— CATHAYS Home „ 24- Newport Home 31- Aberavon Home

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