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WELSH CUP SEMI-FINAL.

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WELSH CUP SEMI-FINAL. CONNAH'S QUAY v. WREXHAM. PLUCKY PLAY BY THE FISHERMEN. (BY VIGILANT.") For the first time, I was enabled to see the Chester Football Ground at Sealands, on Satur- day. The occasion was the semi-final for the Welsh Cup, between the Birmingham League iteam of Wrexham and the pertinacious little fed- lows from Connah's Quay. I was pleased with the ground, and delighted with the match. I was agreeably surprised to see the little Fisher- men more than hold their oiwn against their more polished brethren. The Cheater ground is one that the City may feel proud of. It is nicely situated, perfectly flat on the pitch, and has good covered and open stand accommodation- There was an ex- cellent gate; but not so large as the importance of the match warranted. The weather was dull; but there, was no wind.. The CesfcrAans' Com- mitteeare to be congratulated also upon having supplies of Bovriil and other hot refreshments upon the scene. They were well patronised. Hut that by the way. The Wrexham men were first to appear on the scene. And they looked remarkably well in ,F Emerald Green jenseys and white knickers. They were laJlso tall in statuine. A hearty cheer was raised when they entered the arena. The smaller set of Coaatmew appeared a few seconds afterwards dressed in moclesit maroon jerseys and white knickers. It was at once to be seen that the Quayiteis were prime favourites, for they received a great reception, which must have .acted as a great stimulus to them. I under- stand that Wrexham offered the Quay Club ^5 to play them on Saturday, instead of next Satur- day. The result being a draw, necessitates an- other meet, on the same -ground, on Saturday next. 'Th,, Wrexham team had Husbands, late of Liverpool, in goal, and Horace Blew and Chappell as backs. The halves were Huffadine, Williams, and Davies, and A. Berry, of Liver- pool (international) was outside right, partnered by NVy-nn. :Mason was centre., and Smith and Haydn Price were the left wing. Lloyd was. in goal for the Quays., and Tuft (ex-Bristol City) and Hewitt, backs. Lumberg Evans and J. E. Griffiths were the halves. Little Georgia Petrie ("'My (Little Eight Stomar "), as the colliers ■cried oult, and O'Neill formed the right wing. W. J. Bloomer Jones was the pivot, and Roberts and Joel Bennett the left wing. Mr. W. J. Heath, of Bur si em, was the referee, and did his work in a splendid manner. The style in which Wrexham opened gave me the impression that there was only going to. be one team in the fray. Almost right from, the kick off, with clean movements, Haydn Price got almost to the corner flag and centred most accurately. Lloyd failed to get to. the ball in iiits flight across the goal mouth, and Wynn, who was standing close to the post, met the ball with his body and planted it in the net. There was a great cheer from Wrexham sup- porters at this early success, and consternation amongst the Quay supporters. Still, I believe it is a virtue of the Fishermen that they never say die while there is time to go, and by degrees we saw the littler men gradually ass'ume a mastery over thair more stalwart rivals. Some said that Wrexham were holding back until the second half. Whatever truth there was in this statement, I don't know; but the living fact was before us that the little uins were having most of the game. They tackled fearlessly. They revelled in their work. The much-vaunted A. Berry (of Oxford and Liverpool) was a com- plete failure. He made an execrably bad at- tempt to score on one occasion, when he shot miles wide when close in and only the goal- keeper to beat. Hay din Price was on the other wing a source of much anxiety to the Quay de- fenders. His play was beautiful. And so. was. Chappell's. Clean, good, and fair in his tactics, The same could not be said of Horace Blew, for I thought he wis cruel with wee George Petrie, and his tactics did not meet with the approval of Mr. Heath, who" had a word or two with him on the matter. it fi The Quaymen got up towards Husbands, and bloomer Jones scored amidst great cheering. It was now that a gauge was found of the strength of the Quay supporters. And so the game went on, each end being visited in turn, and both sides had hard lines. The sides had a goal each at the interval. In the second half Wrexham tried to do, the rushing game, and became dangerous. During a siege a penalty was awarded Wrexham, from which they obtained the lead. Great cheers greeted this feat. Then the little 'uns awoke to the occasion and played like young demons. They were .giving the Green 'Uns no quarters. It was a ding-dong style they adopted, and it worked splendidly. Bloomer was sailing down beautifully after having beaten the backs, and wais off like a greyhound for Husbands. iHuffaddne rushed and knocked Bloomer down, and a penalty was awarded. O'Neill took it and equalised amidst a hurricane of wild cheer- ing. Aind so a game that was pleasant to watch ended in a draw of two goals each. NOTES. The crowd was surprised at the display of the Quaymen, and disappointed with that of the Wrexham men. It is a feather in the cap of the young QUlayites that they not only made a draw with the polished Birmtngham Leaguers, but several times nearly beat them. They played a cup-tie game from first to. last and in the replay I fancy the Quay will win should they adopt the tactics of Saturday.

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