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THE ASSOCIATION GAME. I MERTHYR V. MONMOUTHSHIRE LEAGUE. AN EASY WIN FOR MEBTHYK. '( fBy "llalf-Back."l Pine weather prevailed on Saturday, when Mer- J lliyr Town met the pick of the Monmouthshire I league ia a friendly encounter at Penydarren Park, before a moderate attendance. The choice of ends fell to Merthyr, the League men kicking off against the sun. Play opened quietly, being chiefly confined to mid-field, the homesters having rather the best of matters, but Lloyd and Pasemore, the League backs, defended well. Merthyr gradually asserted themselves. Fisher and Whittaker being responsible for some clever work, but Tagr* was watching the home left wing, and it was some time before Whittaker could get in a good centre. Bain- ton saved at the expense of a corner, which pro- duced uo good result. A spirited attack on the Monmouth goal followed, Davies, Capel and Savage taking an active part, and they were well support- ed the halves. Pemberton showing to advan- tage. but the raiders were eventually beaten off, and the men from Monmouth replied with a raid into the home half. where Bedford relieved. Mer- thyr were again aggressive, and forced several corners, which were not improved upon. D. W. Davies shot just wide of the post from a good cen- tre by Whittaker. Play was kept well in the visi- tors' half, only the sound defence of the Mon- mouth backs averting disaster. Two corners were awarded Merthyr. both of which Savage planted into the goalmouth. Fisher scoring a nico coal from the second. Merthyr kept up the pressure till half- time. but nothing more was scored. The visitors restarted the second half in better style, but found Walton and Bedford safe The Merthyr halves became more active, nlay beinrr carried to the Monmouth half, where Kelly got in a good shot, which only just missed the mark The homesters showed superior combination, but their shooting was inaccurate. Play livened up somewhat, each end being vilsited. Merthyr again settled down to the attack, and many corners were given, Bromley being prominent in heading out several well-placed shots. Pemberton came near scoring with a grand drive from 20 yards' range. Savage and Capel were raining in gdod centres, from one of which Fisher put on the second goal. A pretty combined attack by the home forwards again saw the Monmouth men in difficulties. Sav- age getting in a ripping shot, which Bainton cleverly saved, and a minute later tho same player put on the third goal. The Monmouth men could not get into their proper stride, and Merthyr re- tired easy winners by three clear goals. The League team was as follows .-—Goal. Bain- ton (Ebbw Vale); backs, Lloyd (EbQW Vale) and Passmore (Tredegar) half-backs, Tagg (Ebbw Vale), Bromley (Ebbw Vale), ind Williams (Trede- gar), forwards, Fry (Tredegat), Belvin (Blaina), Collier (Blaina), C, Williams (Blaina), and T. Brown (Tredegar). MERTHYR DRAW WITH TON PENTRE. A GOOD PERFORMANCE IN THE BHONDDA. tphfl previous meeting of Merthyr and Ton Pen- tre was at Mid-Rhondda ground in the semi-final of the South Wales Senior Cup, when Ton won by a goal to nil, and the match on Monday at Ton attracted a big crowd. Play opened at a fast pace, the homesters right wing breaking away. Roberts patesed out to Williams, who beat Lewis with a low shot early in the game. This reverse did not daunt the Merthyr boys, who replied with dash, Savage and Capel cleverly beating the home defenoe, but D. W. Davies shot out when in a nice position. The visitors were showinar good form their short passing being effective, often bringing play within shooting distance of the home citadel, but the finishing touches of the Merthyr uen were not deadly, several good chances being lost. The Ton men paid a visit to the Merthyr territory, where a penalty kick was awarded them for a foul by Bodfoad, from which Russell put on the second point for Ton. The visitors were still going gamely many really fine efforts narrowly missing a re- ward. At half-time Ton were leading by two goals to nil. The second half was more in favour of Merthyr, who gave a fine exhibition of high-class football, the short passing of the forwards and halves being much admired. Savage and Capel were soon mak- ing rings round the nome defence, a uice centre from the former enabled D. W. Davies to score. With only one goal behind the Merthyr boys set to work to equalise, Kelly striking the cross-bar with a terrific shot, which rebounded into play, where D. W. Davies got possession, but shot high over Ton's defence was hard pressed, but they de- fended well against the resolute attacks of the visi- tors for some time. Savage made a fine individual effort easily beating his oponents, and running close in, beat Percival with a ripping shot that gave him no chance. With scores equal, Merthyr made things hum round the Ton goat Fisher and Taylor putting in some useful work. Churchill and Kelly were in great form, and easily disposed of any at- tempts to break away by the homesters. The visi- tors kept pegging away in lively fashion, which quite disorganised the Ton defence, and though they kept up a continual pressure till the end of the game failed to gain the winning point. Mer- thyr throughout played a rattling game, especi- ally in the second half, where they had the hardest of luck in not gaining a substantial lead.

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