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COAST SENIOR CUP- (SECOND ROUND.) CARNARVON UNITED v. BANGOR RESERVES. THE CUP-HOLDERS OUTCLASSED. FINE VICTOIRY OF THE HOMERIS. (BY VIGILANT.") I journeyed to Canary-land on Saturday in the hopes of seeing a good encounter. It is some time since I was in the dominions of the Yelkw Ones. And what memories the Oval revived when I got there. I was surprised at the lack of enthusiasm which I fully expected. It might have been a Second Division match for all the evidences there were that we were going to see the old rivals, Caxnarvon, and Bangor engage in a Coast Senior cup-tie. When the draw favoured the holders with choice of ground, there were but few that would- deny the 'holders' chances of retaining the cup in this round at least. But the great uncertain/ty in football, as in horset racing—although, I have no sympathy with horsey men,—also serves up surprises, and it is well that it should be so. It is the un- certainty which gives a zest to a good game, for the unexpected sometimes happens. And from a Canary standpoint the unexpected happened with a vengeance. The cup of bitterness, to Carnarvon was full. Shades of last season's successes. How the mighty have fallen! To be knocked out of the first asking on one's own ground by a terrible reverse needs much ex- plaining, and we shall no more this season' see the Sealarks, of Holyhead, the Gulls of Colwyn Bay, or the Flamingos of Festiniog shining- in further encounters. The Penguins of Pwllheli, the Cormorants of Llandudno, the Conway Jack- daws, and the Bangor Homers are the birds which will have to flutter for the cup which is ,to leave Canary-land. Of course, there will be two other teams from the, East of the Coast to be added to the encounter, and I opine we sihiall have some spirit infused into- the next contests. BANGOR'S SUPERIORITY EARLY SHOWN. There seemed to be a depressed feeling amongst the Carnarvon people, because Albert Griffiths, the Canary captain, and Hughie Ro- berts were unable to nlay owing to. illness. Both were on the ground, the former amusing himself with a jester-like bell, which seemed to afford him amusement, whilst it annoyed others. One could hardly see the game for the ting-ting, and wisdom prevailed in the Albertian breast, and he put the childish thing away. I was also particularly struck with a spectator who wore a new straw hat and black and white check pants as though we were in genial June, instead of the last lapse of murky November. And this in- dividual attracted the attention of quick-beared Mr AM. Slater, by using some sulphorous lan- guage, which was quenched by the smartness of the referee. The gate was not near the size I expected. The enthusiasm of the Canaries was damped, The play of the Citizens surprised the Canaries, and what Carnarvon expected never came. There were a fair number of Homers' supporters on the Oval ,and I was surprised to see that the skele- ton of a stand, which used to be there, has dis- appeared, and poor En. Avant," an erstwhile Oval hero-, and Recorder had to be seated at a rickety construction for quill-driving, and I extended to them my sympathy. Why does not the Carnarvon executive shell out a bit and consider the Press better. The Press has done a lot for the Canaries, and helped to make that good exchequer they have. So, please, Canary Exieoutive, consider the Knights of the Pen a little more. You can well afford it, I am sure. The following were the teams — Carnarvon: G. H. Jones, goal: Evan Hughes and; E. R. Jones, hacks; Johnny Griffiths, Mick Herbert, and J. Williams, halves; R. H. Ro- berts, T. Roberts, Walter Jones, R. Trevor Ro- berts, and John Jones, forwards. Bangor Reserves: Ted Owen, goal; D. J. Thomas and Ireland, backs Arthur Owen, H. J. Davies, and D. T. Davies, halves; Rowlands, Charlie Burns, Hughie Owen, Ivor Thomas, and Edgar Lloyd Jones, forwards. Referee: Mr Alf. Clevere Slater, Llandudno. Carnarvon won the toss ,and played down the slope. The opening exchanges were tame and lacked a cup-tie bang about them. Tom Ro- berts indulged in some of that cool work which is unworthy of an attempt to, retain a, cup. It is alright at times. However, G. H. Jones had to come out of his charge to stem the intentions of the Homers, who, in contradistinction to Car- narvon, played with a good purpose. The Ban- gor left wing was dong well, and Edgar Jones forced! a corner off Mick Herbert, which was ultimately placed behind. The Canaries were very lackadaisical in their methods, and did no- thing to enthuse their supporters. Hands against J. H. Davies gave, the Canaries some advantage, and there were some good exchanges of rather a wild description.. Bangor showed superiority in attack and a good understanding in the tront rank. The Citizens played hard and put the de- fence Off their opponents on their mettle. A fine spruce movement by the Homers was nullified by the offside rule. Two successive fouls against the Canaries found the Homers in the Canaries' goal, and a beautiful run. on the Bangor left was again spoilt by the offside rule, and Rowlands, later, fell when in a good position, but re- covered, and sent the ball into the centre, and G. H. Jones saved at the foot of the post. Keeping up the pressure, the liangorians were awarded a free kick, and so nicely did Arthur Owen place it, that Ivor Thomas got his cran- ium to it and headed it into the corneir of the net. Carnarvon did not relish this reverse, and tried to make amends for it, and Walter Jones bucked up a bit, and flew down the centre, only to find the cat-like Ted Owen awaiting his efforls. Ted fell, and hugged the ball, and was surrounded by wolf-like opponents. The re- feree gave a foul, and relief to Bangor came. D. J. Thomas was playimlg a fine defensive game, as were the two- Evans on the other ,side. Jack Williams tried a long shot at Ted, who clutched smartly and threw away. Carnar- von for a time were playing an improrved game, and a flashing shot across the goalmouth from the foot of R. H. Roberts went a-begging. Later the same player, from a corner placed so beau- tifully that Twm yr Offis got his head to it and just landed it over the net amidst applause. E. Ll. Jones had a splendid chance of increas- ing the lead, when J5. R. Jones dashed to him and frustrated his chance. The Canary forward line was woefully wanting in combined efforts, The spirit of individualism had seized them, and their spectators were disgusted. Twm Bach tried some fancy tricks, but they fell flat. The crowd wanted more go-ahead, dare-devil tactics, -tactics which bring goals. Any efforts, and they were rather puny, by the Canary front rank were finely checked by Ireland and Thomas, the latter in particular being specially fine, resolute, and marvellously effective. Through a miskick, Johnnie Jones had an open goal, but over- anxiety to trap the ball and steady himself saw him ruthlessly robbed by a Homer. Johnnie's feelings can well be imagined. But the fates and their bad play militated against them. Once ,the Canary forwards came down in a line, and I expected something tangible, but it came not. Carnarvon were having slightly the best of mat- ters as half-time was n-earing, but the excellent defence of Bangor kept them out. Half-time: Bangor, i Carnarvon, o. The second half opened with a regular bang on the part of Carnarvon. It looked as though there was a general wakening up on the Carnar- von side,. But alas, it was but a false alarm. The Bangorianis rose to the occasion, and beat them back, and taking up the running, were as nimble as bees. HUGHIE OWEN INCREASES BANGOR'S LEAD. From capital work by Arthur Owen, Hughie Owen beat G. H. Jones with a side-footer, com- pletely nonplussing the fine custodian. The Canaries tried in desperation to do something tangible, but they were at sea, and the shock of two goals was an eye-opener to them. This was something new for the Yellow Ones. Two goals to nil on their own ground, and they winners of the cup last season. Shades of Beaumaris, what would happen ere the game ceased? Could the Canaries atone for the reverse? Spas- modic efforts were made, where faulty passing and shots of the milk and water order were sent in. On the contrary, G. H. Jones was hav- ing a warm time of it. The dapper Bangor for- wards were playing Hamlet with the de- fence of the cup-holders. ROWLANDS RUNS THROUGH WITH No. 3. Rowlands seized an excellent opportunity 01 completely baffling and outpacing his opponents, and flying down the wing and gradually curling in, he shot at G. H. Jones, who just tidped a low shot as it curled into the net. Spectators were crestfallen, and several left the field. There was sorrow in the Carnarvon camp, and in- numerable reasons given for the failure of the Yellow Ones. All excuses were made, but one had to extract the truth from people that the Canaries had met more than their masters this day. If the spectators did not admit the fact, they must have seen that the Homers were very ,game birds—determined, methodical, and united in effort. PILING ON THE AGONY. After a bombardment of the Carnarvon goal, and a similar short attempt on the Bangor ooal, matters fell flat. On one occasion Ted Owen saved miraculously. He came out to save, and with the ball did an acrobatic feat on the ground. What a chance for the Canaries But the cat-like Ted got up and cleared splendidly. G. H. Jones, at the other end, was having shots rained at him, and one of them whizzed past him into- the net. Streams of people now left the ground, and ere long the whistle had blown for a cessation of hostilities, leaving the Can- aries thoroughly thrashed, and with Bans-or re- turning home with a well-deserved victory, and bright visions of winning the cup in the ulti- mate. Final: Bangor, 4; Carnarvon, o.



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