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FOOTBALL. (By ONE OF THE CROWD). Having brought off the opening fixtures with Abergavenny, Ebbw Vale and Pontymoile—compara- tively easy matches—Penarth start next Saturday on a course of five or six engagements that will really try their mettle. It has been easy work hitherto, but in their meetings with Wellington, Coventry, Neath Llanelly and Newport they will have something to go on with. Through some mistake or misunderstanding the match with Pontymoile wa'3 not reported in the Cardiff evening papers, of Saturday, and a good many people thought the match bad not been played, and when they found out that it reaily had been played, they were surprised at the fact that only a try apparently, represented the difference between the two teams. This, however, can be easily explained. The match came off under very abnormal conditions. The heat was intense, and the full time was not played. The hot weather visibly affected both teams, and the men consequently suffered considerably, and did not display that amount of energy they would have done bad the weather been cooler, the Penarth men, especially in the first half, being apparently very indifferent as to the result. In addition to thi, i Pont.yrr.oile showed much better form than Penarth anticipated. It seems they made a very bold fighr and according to Mr Graham, the referee, they are a rapidly improving team—a team thttno other team should be ashamed of being beaten by. Their forwards are a fine stalwart lot, and gave Penarth much trouble. In the initial portion of the game the visiting ups played m anything but their best form, ( and the team, as a whole, were lacking in many respects. Time after time the ball was heeled out on Penarth side, and the Penarth halves could not suc- ceed in getting it. George Shepherd was a bit off in this period of the game, but in the second half he made ample amends, and played as well then as he did badly before. It should be mentioned that once in the D.rsr half lie had very had li"es iu not scoring* t The second half saw a considerable change. Penarth attacked time after time, and visibly improved as time went on, their lasting power standing them good stead. Jones was the scorer, and played a fine game- The score was no indication of the real state of things. Penarth were distinctly unlucky, and should I have scored on more than one occasion.



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