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Football. BY SPECTATOR." Association.—Aberdare paid a visit to Mardy on Saturday, this being the second meeting of these teams in a fortnight. On the occasion of their first visit Welsh League points were at stake. and a weakened eleven did duty, the Dare Directors resting a few of the players in the hope that the team would make a good show in the Southern League. Their hopes were again shattered on Saturday, the Mardy men romping home by three goals without -Response from the Darians. » • • Supporters of the lhtre Club are getting rather annoyed at the impotence of the forwards. To be thrashed by eight goals in two matches and not a solitary goal coming their way requires a lot of explaining. Mardy may possess a strong defence, but 1 am absolutely cer- tain that Swansea's defenders are with- out their equal in South Wales, yet Aberdare managed to find the net on four occasions when they met the Swans a month or so back. When April 30th arrives the record of the Dare Club will not be pleasant reading for those who have followed the fortunes of the habitues of the Ynys Enclosure, year in, year out. There are yet some attrac- tive home fixtures to be played, and it is to be hoped that the wearers of the blue and gold will pull themselves together and prove to their opponents that they are still a side who must be treated with respect. The Thursdays with a weakened teair managed to pull off a draw with Aber- Ilant, the final score being two each. Abernallt put on a third point just be- fore the end, but for some unaccountable reason the referee disallowed the goal. To-day (Thursday) the locals will have their work cut out to defeat the Mer- thyr midweekers. The result practically decides the championship, as both teams have lost three points in the league tournament. A large gate is assured. The following eleven would be more than a match for the Merthyrians^ — Goal, Phillips; backs. Stockton Wil- liams and Dick Morgan; half-backs, Ivor Davies, Alec Taylor, and Thomas; forwards, Badham, Arthur Jones, Cyril Smith, Harry Williams, and Evan Wil- liams. < On Saturday Groves, ;1] ex-Darian, who figures prominently in the Wolver- hampton eleven, scored two goals for his side. He would be very useful to Aberdare just at present. What? • • • On Monday afternoon at the New Athletic Grounds. Mardy and Aberdare met in a Welsh League match. The crowd was the poorest seen on the ground this season, the shortcomings of the eleven of late accounting for the sparse attendance. The Directors in- cluded Fred Lewis at back, Bilson having a trial at centre-forward. The home team reversed Saturday's defeat, and brought off a well-deserved win by three goals to one. Fred Lewis gave a fine display as partner to Alf Goodwin. This local lad ought to he persevered with, as he is a player of undoubted merit, and only needs experience with better company to make him an ideal defender. George Martin, who was set the task of shadowing the Mardy goal getter (Coates), did his work well, the latter rarely bringing off those danger- ous bursts for which he is so famous. The surprise of the afternoon was the splendid display of the skipper and Jim Bennett, whose raids always spelt danger to the opposing defence. It is safe to say that Bennett gave his best exhibition of the season, for which he has to thank Geo Phillips, who timed his passes to the winger beautifully. While not a great success in his new position Bilson made no had blunders, and in order to keep Phillips and Bennett together he should be given a further trial. He has played many fine games for Barrv in the front line. Hugh Thornton and tlolden had a very quiet 90 minutes, the manager evidently still suffering from his injuries. » « Griffiths was included in the reserve eleven at Troedyrhiw on Monday. He scored the Darians' only goal from a penalty. BY •' MUDDIED OAF." At a meeting of the Management Com- mittee of the Welsh League held at Quaker's Yard on Wednesday night, the protest by Ynysybwl against Penrhiw- ceiber Guild for playing ineligible players was dismissed. Penrhiwceiber Crusaders were ordered to replav their match with Treharris United. The match between Cwmaman and the Pontypridd Y.M.C.A. was ordered to stand as played. Hirwain and Ynysybwl were fined for non-fulfilment of fixtures. In the draw for the knock-out third division competition Ynysybwl were pitted against the Treharris Guild, whilst the winners of the Trelewis v. Dowlais match are to play the Aberdare Reserves. • RUGBY. Mountain Ash v. Penarth.—This match took place at the Seasiders' Enclosure oil Saturday last. The Old Firm were: Back, J. Brown; threequarter tracks. Jarnian, Joshua Davies, Dai Arthur Davies, and J. Stegman; half-backs, C. Munday and H. Poole; forwards, Tom Shepherd, P.C. Perryman. T. Blacker, P.C. John, Gibbon. Mackenzie, J. Hill, and L. Meazey. In the first half the Seasiders held an advantage, and the Mount team were penalised. Ffeplop negotiated a splendid goal. Moum:aiii Ash improved afterwards and taxed the Seasiders' defence. Roberts got the ball and miskicked. Stegman, seizing his chance, scored a lovely try for the Mount, and Davies converted. Garrett improved the Seasiders' position with an unconverted try. This was all the scoring in the first half. After the change of ends the Mountain Ash for- wards played a strong game but failed to score. Penarth won bv 14 points to 5. » « The draw for the Second Round of the Pontypridd and District Cup Compe- tition has resulted as follows:—Moun- tain Ash Juniors v. Pontypridd Re- serves or Llantwit; Mountain Ash Har- lequins v. Pentyrch, and Abercynon and Ynysybwl were given a bye ..until the next round. Matches are to be com- pleted by March 8th. • • • Last week the Mount 'OUill" defeated the Pontypridd Reserves at the latter's ground by a try. scored by Dan England, to nil. The pick of the 'Quins that day were Dan England, Hourane, Mock, Munday, Taylor, and Morgan. Glyn Neath v. Pontypool Seconds.— This match took place at the Pontypool Enclosure on Saturday last. The Glyn Neath team were: Back, T. Howell; three-quarter backs, G. Emmanuel, W. Davies, Eben Williams, and George Williams; half-backs. B. Simmonds and A. Williams; forwards, C. Hamer, D. Thomas, W. Williams, T. John Joseph, R. L. Rees, W. Shaw, George Jones, and Tom Morgan. Nothing was scored during the first moiety. After the change of ends Pontypool scored a. try through J. Ralph, and emerged the winners by the score of a try to nil. » • Appended is the position of the clubs in the I'ontypridd and District League: P. W. L. D. Pts. Mountain Ash Harl'quins 9 8 0 1 17 Mountain Ash Juniors. 8 7 0 1 15 Abercynon 10 3 5 2 8 Pentyrch 7 5 1 1 11 Llantwit 9 3 6 0 6 Rhydfelin 9 4 4 1 9 Pontypridd Reserves 9 2 7 0 4 Pontyclun 10 3 6 1 7 DIVISION II. P. W. L. D. Pts. Ynysybwl Reserves 3 2 0 1 5 Mountain Ash Reserves 2 1 0 1 3 Merlins 2 10 1 3 Abercynon Reserves 2 1 0 1 3 Pontyclun Reserves 2 10 1 3 ASSOCIATION. Welsh League, Division II., Penrhiw- ceiber v. Abertillery.—During the first moiety good work was contributed by the brothers Aaron Gibbon* and AYill Gibbon at half-back for the homesters, whilst Roberts, Watkins, and Eynon were conspicuous in the front line. Abertillery offered a stubborn defence and kept the homesters out. Their for- wards were in fine fettle, and W J. Jones played an admirable defensive game. The match culminated in a pointless draw. < < Welsh League. Aberdare Reserves v. Nelson. Played at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday. The Darians were: Goal, Jack Phillips; backs, Dan Jones and Jim Hemlock; halves, Bernie Lewis, Jack Griffiths, and Walter Jen- kins; forwards, George Davies, Edwin Snow, Dai Cox Williams, Freddy Lewis, and Ivor Edwards. A clever pass from Dai Cox Williams enabled Fred Lewis to open the score with a vigorous drive. After the change of ends the Darians continued to have the best of matters, and Jim Hemlock went to play at in- side left in the place of Fred Lewis, who resumed his V usual position at full back. A clever burst between Geo Davies and Edwin Snow enabled the latter to give a swinging pass to Hem- lock. who also found the net. Final score: Aberdare Reserves, 2 goals; Nel- son, nil. • • It was a good victory for the Darians, who took the rise out of last year's Junior Cup Finalists. The Reserves' half-back division played a particularly strong game. The team could still do with a couple of good forwards. Bernie Lewis showed signs of improvement at half-back. The Nelson backs played a good game. By the way, what a pity the Reserves lost 'their Cup Tie to Brithdir the other week r « • Welsh League, Division IV., Aber- nant v. Penrhiwceiber Crusaders.— Played on Saturday last at the Aber- nant Grounds. The home team were: Goal, Jack Evans; backs, Lewis N. James and John Lewis Williams; halves, D. John James, D. James Jones, and Charlie Williams; forwards, Jimmy Driscoll, D. John Owen, Tom Evans, Tom Jenkins, and Jack Jenkins. Driscoll scored a good goal for the homesters. Final score: Abernant. 1 goal; Penrhiwceiber Crusaders, nil. BY "ONLOOKER." In the Fifth Division Welsh League Aberaman Albion* played the Cwm- bach Central Rovers at the Maesyffynon Grounds on Saturday. For the Albions: Goal, Williams; backs, S. Thomas (cap- tain) and D. Evans; halves, F. Morgan. C. Hicks. S. Parker; forwards, G. Lewis, Scorey, Evans, Sttliinels, and Gunner. Cwnibach scored through Caslin four minutes from the kick-off. Scorey scored for the Albions before half-time. Cwm- bach crossed over leading by 2-1. In the second half the Albions more than held their own. The wing men broke through the Cwnibach defence, but were weak in front of goal. The Albions' goalie was kicked out twice in the second half, sustaining a nasty cut on the head on both occasions. W. Lewis, Cwm- bach, and F. Morgans, of the Albions, were ordered off the field. The referee had warned these two players in the first half. Final score: Cwmbach, 3; Al- bions, 1. Referee, Mr Kimpton, Aber- dare. The pick of the Albions were Gunner. Samuels, and Lewis. The backs played a good defensive game. Williams in goal played a great game, and saved some dangerous shots. w ft » Aberanian Athletic Reserves enter- tained Llwynon Athletic in a third oi vision league match at Aberaman Park oil Saturday last. For Aberaman were: Goal. J. J." Neads; back, P. Williams, T. Batten; half-backs, W. Hillier (cap- tain), W. Rees, E. Powell; forwards. J. Masters, T. Tennant, W. Woodey, F. Cummings, H. Brayshaw. Referee, W. Bates, Merthyr. The interval arrived with Aberaman leading by one goal. During the second half the play was of a very scrappy nature. W. Rees further placed his side ahead with a good drive from a 25 yards' range. Time was called with Aberaman winning bv 2 goals to nil. < < Cwmaman Windsors Reserves v. Dow- lais Top.—The above Fifth Division Welsh League match was played at Cwmaman on Saturday, February 22nd. Air T. Williams, Robertstown, was the referee. For Cwmaman were: Goal, L. Clarke; backs. J. Carter and G. Rees; half-backs, E. J. Owen. J. Evans, and 11. Williams; forwards, J. L. Davies, R. Williams. D. J. Williams, D. J. Thomas, and J. H. Davies. A fine game ended in a win for Dowlais Top by one goal to nil. For Dowlais the outstanding players were the centre-half, right back, and goalie. For Cwmaman 1). J-. Williams and M. Williams were the most promin- ent. A Welsh League match was played at Michael's Field on Saturday hist, when Merthyr Vale Stars were the visi- tors to the Aberanian Thistles. Thistles started off with a bang, and scored in the first minute through G. Davies. Meithyr now warmed up and equalised. Again the Thistles pressed, and scored through 1). Smith. Half-time' score: Thistles, 2; Meithyr, 1. In the second half the Thistles outplayed their oppo- nents, and scored three times. Final: Aberaman Thistles, 5; Merthyr Stars, 2. The pack of the Thistles were Dai Thomas and J. Evans at half. and G. Davies L. Stephen, W. Davies, and Evan Williams. The referee was Air AN-. Humphreys, Cwnibach.

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