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SEMI-FINAL TIES.

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WELSH JUNIOR CUP. MACHYNLLETH v SINGLETON AND COLES. [D.T.H.] Great was the excitement at Machynlleth when the news reached here that Machynlleth had beaten the Salopians and had qualified for the final. The telegraph insruments at the Post Office were kept busily ticking the varions stages of the keen fight until the final result was reached. A heavily laden train left Machynlleth at 1-35, earrying over a hundred supporters, and it was money well-spent, for the game was one of the best cup fights ever seen at Newtown. As the Salop men wended their way in their white shirts and blue knickers to the ground, I heard several remarks bearing on their physique and condition, and that MachynlIeth were in for a good trouncing. They certainly did not look like schoolboys. Soon after the Dovey cup- fighters, robed in "all blue" could be seen march- ing through the crowd, and although much lighter than their opponents, one could easily perceive that thev were in the very pink of condition, and would take a lot of holding. Bob Humphreys the Dovey skipper, lost the toss and had to face a very stiff wind. Like a wise man, he drew two of his heaviest for- wards into the half-back line-and in this lies one of the secrets of their success. The game started in a sensational way, for, instead of Salop pouncing on the Machynlleth goal, the Dovey sprinters were making repeated onslaughts on the Salop citadel notwithstanding the strong wind. In 1"88 than ten minutes, Billy Vaughan headed a gcr. iidstcheers, for the Dovey m ca were strong favoH; tes with the Newtonians although they knocked out the Excelsiors and United. This was a bit of real encouragement to battle against the windy ele- ment. Dick Hughes on the right would make an occasional sprint "on his own," but hugging the leather too closely, he was invariably robbed. He changed tactics, and slung the ball well out to the left wing sprinter, Vaughan, but he too was most closely watched. From a scrimmage Salop equalised after fifteen minutes. Machynlleth very nearly got a second goal soon after, Bob Humph- << hitting the crossbar, and Dick Hughes testing < ;;y Salop custodian with a rasper which he banged it with his fists. The Dovey backs, Evans ■ i.id Morris were playing a sound and reliable game, returning with unfailing accuracy. The Salop left outside was very dangerous, and gave Weaver a very warm time of it. The Salop second goal came from the right, it was a long oblique shot, and some thought Arnold should easily .have stopped it, but others in a better position to judge say that it was a beautiful shot, and a most difficult one to deal with. This was not encouraging-especially when the Machynlleth goal had one other marvellous escape-the ball hitting crossbar and upright with two terrific shots. Half-time arrived with the Salopians two goals and Machynlleth one. Willie Evans, the sturdy left full back of Machynlleth got a dangerous kick on his back, which might easily have proved very serious. With this exception the game was fairly free from foul play, Machynlleth now played in a most determined manner, but try as they would they could not force the ball through. It looked odds on Singleton retaining the lead by sheer dogged resistance and kicking out, but the equaliser came from J 0 Holt in twenty minutes. Holt was playing a superb game and outpaced the Salop backs. The winning goal came in quick suc- cession, and it was one of the most smart an J brilliant goals I have ever seen. The Dovey men were playing like the very demons, every man putting in all he knew and deter- mined to win. The ball was returned by Evans, and landed on the right. The centre, Humphreys, dribbled and passed to Dick Hughes, who instantly raced away and swung the leather beautifully across the goal-mouth. The Salop custodian, a smart man, ran to stop it, dropped and got his hand cushioned nicely under the ball and was just about to scoop it out of danger, when Billy Vaughan rushed up, and before the Salopian knew of it pounced on the leather and forced it inside the net. You should have heard the shout that followed. From now on, there was no holding Machynlleth, but no more goals were scored. Both ends were visited, and Singleton's bad three or four marvellous escapes. They also made a couple of nasty rushes on the Dovey citadel and played with much dash and a little too much vigour occasionally. Holt was badly winded once, but he played a magnificent ga.ne after that. Willie Evans was the finest back on the field, although it would be a difficult thing to find three such backs as the others were, Morris was always in the middle of the fight and clearing like a giant, but Evans was the pet idol of the crowd. Dick Tlumpia iv s and Phillips played a hard dogged g ime. So did Weaver with his worrying tactics. Humphreys saved one certain goal with a brilliant tackle and safe kick. The Dovey quintette were on the whole much speedier than that from Salop. A great game, and fought out with much deter- mination. The better team undoubtedly won, and on Saturday's form, will make a bold bid for the Cup at the final.

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