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I P;y "THE LOITERER."J I After a good spell of hard frost and bad weather, a welcome change was experienced throughout the land on Saturday, the aun shining forth its brilliant rays in a magni- ficent manner, and reminding folk of she bright time coming. Wales had two international struggles on Saturday, one under the Rugby rules, the other under the Association rules, the former being the last of the series, and the latter being the first of their kind. The Rugby International match, viz., Wales T. Ireland, came off at Cardiff, before about 20,000 spectators not counting, of course, those confuting themselves with hedge tickets, telegraph poles, and other means of observing the game. Neither teams appeared as selected at first, but ib was ad- mittofl that Iralaiid, possessed by far the strongest team that has represented that country this season. It was a lively game, but gallant little Wiles proved too good fo* the Irishmen, the homesters winning by a gwl to a try-five points to three—which does not by any means give the proper result of the abilities of both teams, as the Welsh- Hlen by their play ought to have scored heavier. This result makes Ireland the "wooden epoonists" of the Rugby Internationals for the season. Scotland leada with all three wins, England next with two, Wales one, Ireland none. Of the eleven matches played agaimst Irelamd, Wales have won six, lost four, the remaining one being a. drawn game. Tke other International match, that of Ireland against Wales, came off at the Clifton ville Ground, Belfast, before 8000 spectators. Tho interest evinced in this match was marred to a great extent bv the bad show Ireland made at De-rby the previous Saturday. The teams were well balanced, the play being a Jittle in favour of Ireland. The visitors were the first to score, through the instrumentality of H. Trainer, Wrexham, but the homesters obtained two goals before the interval, and just a few minutes before the call of time, after Meredith and Trainer had made several unsuccessful attempts at scoring, the former sent in a clinker from the line which just passed below the Irish bar. This equalised affairs, and the game ended in a draw of two goals each. Trainer (Preston North End) played »rand at goal for Wales, as did both Arridge (Ever- ton) at back, and Jones (Sheffield United.) at half. Of tha forwards, the left wing, (Parry and Lewis) were the best while Meredith and Davies fought hard but H. Trainer at centre was not so successful. Trainer at centre was not so successful. Turning to the local matches, the Carnar- von Ironopolis Reserves played a return friendly with the Carnarvon Rangers, but I was kept fast by the influenza fiend from witnessing it. There wa» a oetter gate, I was told, than on the previous Saturday, the Rangers' supporters being in the majority. Both teams were well represented, but this game did not improve on its predecessor for its roughness, and it resulted in a win for the Rangers by one goal to nil. A very exciting game was witnessed at Lbmrwst, between the home eleven and Crewo Coppenha.ll team. The la.st occasion these teams met, Coppenhall were victors by three goals to nil, viz., in the first round of the IIKMI'II competitions at Carnarvon. Although the score was good, I held then that Llannvst wore equal to them in their play, only OoppenhaH managed to put three very funny goals to their credit. On Satur- day, however, the tables were turned, and Llanrwst defeated the visitors by four goals to three. The 'Bangor and Holywell teams met in a Welsh League enoounter, and a drawn game of two goals each was the result. The table stands thus Matches. Goals. £ w. L. S F. A. Points Rhyl. 9. 6. 2. Flint 9. 5. 3. 1.39. 9.11 Llandudno 6. 4. 1. 1.15.11. 9 I Bangor 9. 1. 4. 4.13.18. 6 Ruthin 6. 2. 4. 0.11.24. 4 Holywell 7. 1. 5. 1. 5.31. 3 The Llandudno Swifts managed to enter the final tie for the North Wales Coast Senior Cup on Saturday, defeating Flint by one goal to nil. The Llandudno team were not fully represented. The match caitio off at St. Asaph, and there was a large crowd to witness it,. Flint pressed in the first half. but the Swifts defence was very sound, and nothing was scored up to half time. After the interval tho Swifts scored through, the instrumental- ity of J. Roberts. Each goal after this was attacked in turn, but no more goals were ob- tained, the Swifts retiring the winners of a fast and exciting game by one goal to none. Tho following represented LiMtdudno — Gon.1, R. J. Williams backs, F. Jones and W. Hughes halves, E. Hughes (captain), Knight and R. (). Williams; forwards, 110- berts. Turner, Bevan, Arnold Jones, and T. Owen. It is a singular fact that each time the Llandudno teams have met those of Flint in cup ties this season, the latter have been defeated on each occasion by one goal to nil. HT, the final tie will be between Bangor and Llandudno, and as it will be played on neutral ground, it is well for the Llandudno team. There two semi-final ties for the Welsh Junior Cup brought to a conclusion on Satur- day. The first was between Caergwrle Wan- derers and Shrewsbury Town Reserves, at Oswestry, and resulted in an ea.sy win for the Caergwrle team by four goals to nil. The other was between Bangor Reserves and Adwy United (Wrexham), at Flint. Play began in the most lively manner, and Bangor were not' long in making the first score. Th" play then assumed a more des- parate form, both sides fouling repeatedly. Bangor, however, were constantly giving proofs of their superior strength, and at half- time had two goals against their opponents one. The second half of the game was equally interesting, both goals being threatened in turn. Tho Bangor backs and goalkeeper played a fine game, the keeper on one occa- sion breaking the l'rOS8- bu in attempting to save. The Bangor forwards were also able players, and succeeded in putting in a third goal. Shortly after the restart the Adwy United carried the ball before them to the goal of the Reserva men, but Bangor suc- ceeded in resisting the attack. The result was Bangor Reserve, four goals Adwr United, one. In tl e Welsh League, the Westminster Rovers managed to deaf eat the Rhostrllen Victoria at Stansty Park,, near Wrexham, by five goals to one. The list corrected is as follows — Matched. Goals. P. W. L. D. fT^A?Points Wrexham 14.11. 1. Druids .15. 7. 4. Chirk 12. 6. 2. W'minster R. 13. 6. 3. Brymbo .10. 5. 1. Rbostyllen.13. 7. 8. 1.32.53. 9 MoldR.StarB.13. 3. 9. 1.22.52. 7 Caergwrle W. 8. 2. 5. 1.20.43. 5 I Rhos 11. 0.11. 0. 9.59. 0 ir T The Wrexham Reserves had an easy do of it against Buckley Victoria in a Denbighshire and Flintshire League match, on Wrexham Racecourse, by beating them to the extent of eight goals to one, that one being the first scored in the game. On Monday afternoon, at Kensington, Wales met England in. their International Association engagement, the Welsh team hav- ing arrived in town from Belfast, on Sunday same colours earned by that great horse Isin- glass in his numerous victories. The after- noon was fine and warm, tke ground was in. excellent condition for fast plav. and the wind was so slight that it hardly affected the ocurse of the ball. There was a fairly large crowd, and the spectators were most enthusiastic, and the continual and loud cheering for Wales showed that those who adore the leek were niaiir and vociferous -!I There was nothing very striking throughout the game, ends being changed with a clean sheet. After the interval, the Welshmen were the first to score, Lewis doing the trick but the Englishmen managed to equalise, and the game ended in a draw of one goal each. There was no combination sliown on either side, and Trainer had very little to do; Jenkins (Small Heath) doing well at centre half. This result makes Wales one point in front of Ireland, and therefore, the latter, I te- lieve, must content themselves with being the "wooden spootiists" of both games this year. The following team will represent Wales against iScotland at Wrexham on Saturday- next: —Walea J. Trainer (Preston North End), goal J. Edwards (Oswestry) and C. Parry (Everton), backs; 4}. Williams (Chirk), T. Chapman (^cwtown), and J. L. Jones (Hhefiidd United), Half-baoks; J. Davies (Sheffield United), W. Mereditk (Manchester City), H. F. JMJytton (Newtown), J. C. Rea (Aberystwyth), aid W. Lewis (Chester), for- wards.

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