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THE WELSH SENIOR CUP.

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THE WELSH SENIOR CUP. FOURTH ROUND. ABERYSTWYTH v NEWTOWN. These teams met at Aberystwyth on Saturday before one of the biggest crowds that the officials hayp handh-d r<lr a long time. The teams were made I. ui the following ulavel's: CJ ABERYSTWYTH. Goal, Ruose; backs, C Parry and G Evan? half. backs, W Jones, J H Edwards and D M Evans; forwards, A Green, Whelan, Marshall, Barson, and James. Linesman, Mr J C Rea. NEWTOWN. v S?1' .A Edwards J backs, E Rees aud M Pilot: alf-backs, A Swettenham, E Davies, and E ^organ forwards, J G Miller, G Latham, W Parrv, if °fms' a°d A Withers. Linesman, Mr E Evans' Referee, Mr J Davies, Wrexham. "1 L L me Homesters kicked off and were at once dangerous to the Newtown defence, a foul being given against Latham for leaping at the ball. Parry took the kick and drove the ball over the goal. Marshall met the ball from the kick-off and headed it back but Rees cleared and Withers raced off forcing Parry to concede a corner. The men now warmed to their work in grand style and there was not a moment's rest. Up and down the field, now in the centre, now on the wings, the play went on in ding-dong fashion. Still the game went on neither side making any very brilliant move, but it was all through real Cup form, the men showing excellent grit and the excitement and interest amongst the spectators sustained without a pause. liit; game WAS rot, up to this time, marked by any rough play, and '.he spectators were oftentimes irritated by what they considered the unnecessary interference of the referee seeing that the players themselves did nor, complain. It was noticeable that the Newtown forwards whiist play- ing with that gallant dash which has always b,'n a leacne of their play laid them- selves op"n to attack and muddled one or t'vr, fine rmsiauirhts when the men had wheeled i!lf", line, br fiodiintr with the ball instead of send- ing it flying across the wings. They did not how- ever fail owinsr to any cinoisiness on their part, rather was their failure due to the sharp work of the halves of the home te;, in. and here it should be stated with all earnestness that Aberystwyth won the match hy the grand and never ceasing attacks on the Newtown forwards' play by J H Edwards, the home captain. No man on the ground played i so sterling a game. The hall-backs of any team are not usually given their due. On Saturday, how- ever, it was a game of half-bocks and forwardq, and the home halves beat the Newtown forwards, whilst the Newtown halves, with Teddy DavieH, Archie Swettenham, and Morgan, working for all they were worth, failed to stop the irresistible rushes of Whelan, Green, and Marshall. The score would certainly have been higher were it not for the fact that Barsou and James were a weak point in the home attack. Of the defence generally Newtown men showed up well, Rees bringing into use all his trickery gained by manv years of experience. He was ably seconded by Pilot, and Edwards in goal saved all shots sent in, the one which got through being the result of a scrimmage, in which a goalkeeper never gets a fair I chance. Oswald James was the lucky man who scored for Aberystwyth, but the credit of the whole thing was due to Whelan, who showed really good form just when the Newtown goal fell. He was ab:y seconded by A Green, and when the ball fell in front of the Newtown goal it seemed as if there was a misunderstanding by the defence and before they pulled themselves together the ball was through. This brought the game near to the interval and it, was a narrow shave of being a drawn game at that period, for following on the scoring of the goal a combined attack by the Newtown men on Aberystwyth goal gave Roose an anxious five minutes. The second half was well contested, the Newtown forwards striving heroically to get quits, in particular was Miller singled out for loud ap- plause from the spectators. W Parry was not keen enough to sec the value of getting his men into the front of goal without doing anything to endanger the attack, ar-d on one or two occasions an indiscreet charge of an opponent stopped the attack and Aberystwyth were given a free kick. Latham and Withers were not up to the mark whilst R Morris lack of size told very much against him. He was certainly very clever in some cf his work but for a diminutive chap like Morris to attack C Parry with any hope of success appears superfluous. Roose kept, goal with his usual fire but i hn home bucks oi l r.ot appear to net the ball a#"? j^oclean as they have been doing. Right up to the <"•( of time Newtown fought hard '-here was no fur.king, and the defence of the home' eleven wrs throughout, all this sustained attack as steady as a rock ;j by the indomitable and ener- getic home capmin. The result of the match brings Aberysr.wfth to the semi-final, and there were plenty on the field who prophesied that thev would B-'> the fi^J bnt before this can be done heavier men mnt. be found for the left-wing. A Machynlleth correspondent writes:—The "great fite" to which I alluded Jast week came off an Saturday. It is a well-known fact, that there is no love lost between the football teams of Newtown and Aberystwyth. The words" How pleasant a thing it-is for brethren to dwell together in unity have no force in the teams above mentioned, and do not apply to the football enthusiasts of these towus. The energy of brotherly love is being preserved for legs and loins, and there was plenty of it exhibited on the Vicarage Field On Saturday. A large number of would-be internationals left Machynlleth with me on Saturday, and the train was well packed, and if the Cambrian officials at Oswestry or Welshpool had had an ounce of common sense aud gnmtion about them they would have put on two or three extra coaches, instead of making the train much smaller than usual, and so compelling gentlemen—like myself for instance—to be cooped up in a corner with a lot of infirm old ladies with big egg baskets and over-loquacious working men with ribbed trousers aud ten sized boots, who would insist upon express- ing to you their views of the war, and take jealous care to smoke and fumigate you with delightful shag, and the windows all shut for fear of giving' the old lady a "could." It was an experience I don't wish to have again. I arrived at Aberyst- wyth at last, and having given myself a right good long stretch, after having been ccopei up like a h<m in a basket, and made tracks at once for the Vici rage Fieid, being one of many scores of pilgriuH wending their way to the land of promise. The gi "rets" at the entrance eyed me with a wee bit of suspicion, I thought, but I soon set their minds at rest, and I was politely and kindly directed to the "reporters' gallery," but in that the sanitary surroundings of that "shanty" are not over sweet in odour, I declined the generous offer and preferred to stand on the bob" side of the ground, and take my notes accordingly. The game started very punctually, and the town end of the ground was not altogether a'model bit of turf for classy football. To begin with, the homesters were playing up-hill, although by no means were they playing an up-hi:] game. Of foot- ball, iti-ictly speaking, there was next to none-- usually the case in Cup ties-the main point at these contests being chiefly to get a goal by hook or by crook, by rush or by push, anything to win the match. Now this is not as it ought to be and f was delighted to see that the referee was as smart as a needle, alt hough several little shady movements escaped his observation. The game started in a lively fashion, and the Newtown citadel was often it; danger, but Edwards was on the alert, and urn tn be caught napping. The Newtown forwards were if anything, smarter on the baD and were not so easily robbed as the home quintette. Then the home goal would have a shave and Roose fisted out two very nasty shots from the Newtown right-wing Miller being very dangerous, a heavy manand very speedy when once on the trot. Some loose play on behalf of the home forwards and halves very nearly brought their downfall. Fouls were much too frequent and the home forwards were playing a very poor, ragged, and disjointed game. 1 never saw Green playing so poorly, but his place is out- side and not inside-right, and I was glad to find him in his old place in the second half. If it were not for the gallant defence of Parrv, Evans, and Edwards things would have looked black for Aber- ystwyth. By and by a spurt was made by the home string. Whelan, the got posses- sion and ran up well and after a, lot of loose fiddling with the ball drove across the visitors' goal- mouth. Oswald James had only to touch the leather and first blood was drawn for Aberystwyth. The game restarted and Newtown all hut "scored a marvellous escape for Aberystwyth. Newtown were playing now very pluckily and deserved to score, but the home defence was sound as a, rock. Half-time came as a mighty relief to both sides, for the pace had been hot although Lhe play was poor in trie extreme. during the interval the players were given a big long-necked glass bottle to suck and it evidently contained something nice. The second half commenced, and Marshall, the home centre-forward, had a spleudid opening,' but made a mess of it. Oswald Jones had two open- ings, but he likewise made a mess of it. I suppose it was the mud. For charity's sake we will allow it was so, although it would require a jolly big cloak of charity to cover the rottenness of the play of the Aberystwyth forwards last Saturday afternoon. Marshall had another opening, with not a soul near him, but wide went the ball, to the disgust of many ontitegroiirid. Newtown made one ugly sweep later ou, and ail but scored. Foulst were frequent and limping became the graceful order of the dav. The game-a very tame one-ended in a win for Aberystwyth by one goal to nil. Aberystwyth probably desired to win, although the credit must be given iii tot,)" to the halves and backs, and not to the forwards. And now a word or two before I wind up, on the players of both sides. The two best men on the field were Charlie Parry, the home right full-back, and S-wettenham, the Newtown right. haIf-a beautiful player. Next to thes" two would come the Aberystwyth skipper, J H Edwards, and the Aberystwyth left full-back, George Evans, as plucky and safe a little player as ever donned a jersey. When the home goal would be in danger, frail puuy and fragile Charlie Parry would utter his peculiar war-whoop, and swooping down on the bail he would clear amid cheers. On the other hand it should be retrernberd that his partner-little Evans-had more to do than Parry, because the attack was much stronger from the Newtown right than the lefu. Evans had to tackle Aliller and Swettenhaun-and these two are not exactly children-and right pluckily did Evans tackle and relieve time after time. As for John Henry, the home skipper, he did the work of any two men on the field, although he is not quite I so speedy as he used to be. His heading was fine, and his partners on the wings gave valuable help. As for the forwards, I have no praise for them, they don't deserve it. Whelan is much too fat, and is not speedy nor tricky. Barson sadly lacks resource and stamina. Marshall disappointed me verv mnch; he used to play a nice, cool, and determined game. A Green on the right-wing did much better in the second half, but he played a very weak game all through, and his partner was no better. Oswald James is a nice little player, but is not strong enough. Roose did an that was required of him. Now for Newtown, a strong plucky team, but rough. The best man in the team is the right-half, who plays without show, and is equal to any two of the forwards. I thought the left-back sounder than his burly partner, who was not very popular with the "mob." A" a team they were much more tricky and speedy than Aberystwyth, and as I said before, the credit of the day is due to the back divisions on both sides. The defence was superb, Edwards did very well in goal, and compared favourably with Rcose, there was nothing to choose between them. The Aberystwyth forwards will have to improve, if they hope to figure in the final. ». OSWESTRY UNITED v. RHYL. This tie was played at Oswestry on Saturday before a good gate ard in nice weather. The ground was in a very fair condition. Mr Townsend, Newtown, had charge of the teams, which were as follows:- OSWRSTRY UNITED. Goal, G Davies; backs, Lloyd and Watkins; half-backs, Barratt, Beubow, and T Griffiths; right- wing, WelJings and T Davies; left-wing, Parry and Goodrich; centre, Chisholm. Linesman, Mr H Roberts. RHYL. Goal, Campbell; backs, H Jones and V Jones; half-backs, Barker, Vaughan and Middleton I forwards, Thomas, Matthews, Parry, Hall and W Jones. Linesman, Mr W Jones. Oswestry was first to become dangerous. Chisholm and Davies, having beaten the backs, looked as if they would surely score, but they got in each other's way, and Campbell cleared at the expense of a corner, which gave no advantage. The home right-wing was next in evidence, H Jones transferring the play when Vaughan sent in a good shot which Lloyd met, Davies having a pop at goal, but Campbell was on the qui viva. Lloyd having mis-kicked, Hall got in but Davies easily dealt with his shot. "A free-kick to RTiyl relieved the pressure on the home goal, but it, was only momentary, a fine bit of passing by Parry and Matthews being spoiled by M Watkins. From this T Parry secured and sent over to the home right, and after nice pnssing amongst the forwards Good- rich gave to T Parry who scored a beauty from long range after a quarter of tin hour's play. The visiting left broke away, Barratt clearing, and Beubow shooting a trifle wide. Rhyl again got away, Lloyd robbing Parry close in. A free-kick and hands to Rhyl gave them an advantage and Davies was called upon. He was tackled and let the ball slip but he recovered just in time and cleared. Tho Rhyl backs, who played a grand game, were now hard pressed. There was aa exciting tussle in front of goal, but, the visiting defence held their own, and Benbow eventually sent wide. A smart run by the visitors' rÏ!Jlt was broken up by G-riffithfl, and Goodrich and T Parry put in splendid work which enabled Davies to shooL in, Campbell bringing off a grand save. Rhyl right then broke nway and Middleton sent wide. After a splendid individual run by Goodrich T Parry centred aud a scrimmage followed in front I of the Rhyl goal, Davies having hard lines in sending slightly over the cross bar. The game continued last and exciting, but the play was, more in favour of the homesters, who experienced bad luck in not increasing the score. Rhyl made a determined effort t(iJ break the home defence, but Lloyd and Watkins were in splendid term and kicked strongly. Following a free-kick to Oswestry another tussle took place before the Riivl goal, but a foul against Oswestry tranferred play, Davies having to haudle, the ball being returned wide from the right. A corner fell to the United, but this was cleared after some pressure. The visitors then looked dangerous, but Barrat,t relieved the position and the interval arrived with the score: Oswestry 1 goal, Rhyl 0. On resuming Oswestry played ten men, Griffiths J not appearing for some time owing to something being wrong with his knee. Davies called upon Campbell who again cleared well. From Good- rich's centre Davies headed in and H Jones gave a corner, but from this the Rhyl left broke away and looked dangerous, Lloyd putting into touch. Wel- lings was conspicuous for a splendid centre, which Campbell caught and threw away, Watkins stopping the right wing. From a free-kick to Oswestry, Wellings sent behind. Rhyl now pegged away in a very determined manner and the home defence was kept busy, Davies having to haudle. The ball travelled repeatedly from one end to the other. T Parry put in a grand shot and Campbell saved by falling ou his knees. He was a capital custodian and saved many difficult shots. Welliugs secured a corner, but Oswestry could not break through and once more Rbyl weie aggressive, the ball remaining in Oswestry terri- tory for some time, but the halves and backs worked hard and Davies was not troubled. Good- rich transferred play and Campbell was again tested by Parry, but he cleared and the visitors' left broke away finely, Lloyd having to put the ball in touch. Some of the homesters shewed siglJs of fag and were a little bit loose in their play Rhyl pressed and about seven minutes from time Lloyd gave a corner. This was nicely placed in goal and in the scrim- mage the ball crossed the line, though Barratt shot it out. The referee, however, promptly blew I his whistle and awarded a ;10al. Oswestry tried hard to get the lead but could not, and the game ended, Oswestry 1 goal; Rhyl I goal.

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