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WELSH AMATEUR CUP.

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WELSH AMATEUR CUP. (SEMI-FINAL TIE). HOLYHEAD v. ABERYSTWYTH. A LUCKY DRAW FOR THE HARBOURMEN. (By "VIGILANT.") An almost oeaselctss drizzling rain, with March winds at their very best, did not teilJd to brighten t'he hopes 01 the semi-finalists for the Welsh Junior, or rather as it is now called, the Welsh Amateur Cup, that app,eare,d upon the Bangor enclosure on Saturday. The climatile conditions were such as might damp the ardour of any team, and a glimpse at the ground made one almost sudder to think of the poor chaps that had to paddle througihthe mud and water for ninety -minutes. In fact, the wonder is that the contestants did so well upon such a pitch,, though I freely admit that ,any ground after the ceaseless ralilli would be in anything but a bright condition. There were miniature pools on the ground, and the impromptu baths received by many a player must have had1 a refreshing (?) effect upon them. The stand was filled with spectators standi ng, for slitting upon the wet seats would have been dangerous, and the press seats court- eously provided by the Bangor management were on this day unusable. The Aberystwyth men had many supporters with them, who had travel- led for five hours to- .see their pets' display, and they accentuated the fact by a free use of rattles and a display of cards with the words "Play up, Aber It did not appear to me that the following of the Harbourmem wais -so large as on the previous Saturday at Carnarvon, which no doubt was ac- counted for by the weather being so bad, and naturally the fact that there is to be another re- play at Carnarvon on Saturday of the cu- tie between the Harb-ourmen and the Bangorian.s. The Holyhead men were the same as appeared at Carnarvon, with a re-arrangement of the front rank, H. Roberts ianid Rowlands forming the right wing, whilst "Franoey" Bogue went to the position of pivot, and the brothers Hughie and William Browln, were playing together on the left. An early kick off was arranged so as to enable the Aberystwythians. to return about five o'clock. Mr Berkeley, the Secretary of the Welsh Football Association, was present and had the management of the fixture in hand. It was a pity that the weather was so unpropitions both as regards the game itself and also the at- tendance, the latter being small in comparison to, what it would have been had the weather been favourable. There was an eager dieiSIÎre to see the nimble Aber men, for they have, like Holyhead, done some good! things this season. They have in previous cup toes beaten Barmouth, and, after a draw with the Portmen, thrashed the latter on the Aber ground,, thus entitling their entry into the semi-final to meet the stalwarts, of Holyhead!. » Referee Miller, Chester, had charge of the game, and Mr J. H. Vincent Llandudno, and Mr Jack Roberts, Bangor, were the linesmen. The fol- lowing were the teams — Holyhead: Collier, goal; "Tiny" Conlan and W. H. Parry, baclqs,; Taylor, W. T. Jones and Ellis, halvesl; H. Roberts, J. Rowlands. F. Bogue, W. Brown aod H. Brown, forwards. Aberystwyth: R. Crowther, goal; F. Hem- ming and O. Green, backs; T. Reece, W. T. James; and J. W. Edwards, halves; R. Peake, D. E. Price, A. Jenkins, D. Hughes and L. Reece, forwards.. Aberystwyth, the dark green jerseyed men, won the toss, and played towards the town, goal with am advantage of a somewhat eros's: wind, and "Franoey" set the ball in motion shortly after 2.30 p.m., and amidst a hum of excite- ment from several quarters of the field. The opening exchanges at once proved how difficult it was to keep one's feet, and fouls;, some inten- tional and others accidental, were frequent. From a foul against the Harbourmen the ball was placed wide of Collier, and not long after- wards Ellis took a free kick, and Bogue.. with a fine try, shot behind. The work in smidfield was vary brusque, and some rattling exchanges were s,een, the Aber men settling down with more confidence in the fray than the Harbour- ites. The Aberiit es .gradually gained1 the upper hand and pressed- with some good n/.p-py foot- ball, and a .good shot, intended for the agiile Collier, was wide of its mark. A rush by the Holyhead men was smartly stemmed by Hem- ming, and again recovering, the Abe-rites placed the ball wide. A fine breakaway on the right by, Peake saw that player goirugat top ,speed uintal he over-ran it. The cools were great draw- backs to the players, but the Aber men managed to regain the ball on, sevexal ocoasi-ons, and Col- lier was, called upon- to negotiate a fine shot. From the clearance J. Rowlands got hold and made a grand run and forced a corner off the sturdy defenders of the Mid-Wales men. This was poorly taken-, and away galloned the Aber- ite-s, and Collier again had to clear another fine shot. At this stage the Aberites were far and away the most superio,r side, and1 they were also cleaner in their play than the Harbo urates. The latter gained a corner again, and from the ball's career W. T. Joines let fly a great drive which whizzed at terrific velocity over the, bar. When Parry had a chance, a little lajter, he also shot wide. < The busy men in green pepper,ed away with much skill and persistency with the result that Conllan and Parry were quite outwitted and out- mamouvTed. This was- proved when the forwards came down in splendid style, and the nimble Peake, from almost the corner place, centred beautifully and Jenkins met the ball and flash- ed it past Collier like lightning. Treme-ndbus cheers greeted this performance, and a fine ac- companiment of rattles made quite a din. Following this, the Aber men redoubled their energies, and the wily and clever W. T. Jones was doneby the nimble for- wards of Aber, and Collier was soon. handling again. From the clearance the HarbüuritlCls managed to work up towards Crowther; but when they got there they were weak in hOllit of him. Another onslaught by the Green men. saw Parry returning with a mighty punt. The Aber men were 'very quiick -on the ball, 'and tried to evade the man. Now and again pl-aye-ris- would fall into the pools with a splish, splosh, that was very aggravating. Ellis was not half so effective as I have seen, him, and it must be said e that be had a great wing to cope with. Peake cantered away to m-eet Parry, and after beiating- him, the Aber man fell, so that Parry easily put the ball out of play.

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