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FOOTBALL SWANSEA'S SENSATIONAL OPENING II Queen's Park Rangers a Trifle Too Classy I By The Wasp. Taking everything into consideration Swansea. Town did exceedingly well to reach the second round proper of the English Cup competition, but their luck was phenomenal. From September 27th when they defeated Port Talbot by four goals to nil in the preliminary rour^d for "th' Coop," until January 12th, when they were drawn to play against Queen's Park Rangers (as is subsequently trans- piredj they were, on no less than eight occasions, drawn to play at home. The supporters of thje Club—and' since they have been following ä'vin-ning side these be legion—were confident that the Swans would at least reach, the third round, and there were many prepared to take small odds that the Swan A would be seen at the Palace. As one of the 16,000 spectators who watched the game on Saturday, I must confess that the reason. for my presence was the hope I cherished that tho Swans would win, but even in the first great pitch of excitement "when Greer sent the home spectators into par- oxysms of joyfulness, I still numbered myself amongst the peS-Siimists; For why? It was a drear, dull day, and the Vetch field is a dingy sort of place, anyway. Surrounded by Slum property and a prison the prospect from any quarter of the field is anything" but pleasant. It dimly recalled memories of the field upon which, years ago, I was in the habit of watching a Second Division' team win matches in both League "atnd Cup encounters, until having amassed a goodly balance by means of sixpenny "gates," the Club ont only gained a sub- stantial following but a ground which is the pride of the county. That Swansea will event uallv possess a ground worthy of the Association game is almost inevitable providing the con- fidence of football enthusiasts is inspired but this will not be attained by "bleed- ing" them whenever a "class" team visits the Vetch field. Despite the fact that there were over 16,000 spectators pre.sent en Saturday there was still space to accommodate several thousands in ad- dition. From early afternon until the time fixed for the commencement of the game the crowds poured in, and even at half-time stragglers were seen passing the turnstiles. The visitors brought plenty of supporters with them, and they were quietly confident that their team would be the victors. Favours were plentiful, and some thousands of white rosettes were worn, but here and there the green and white of the visitors could be distinguished, and the huge green and white bow worn by one of the visitors' supporters was a cause of much gocd humour. For some time prior to the start of the game the Swansea Temperance Silver Band kept the crowd interested by play- ing rag-time and other melodies, and the collection taken by the supporters of the band must have well repaid them for their efforts. There was plenty of enthusiasm Evi- dent when the "Swans" entered the field of play, and the reception accorded the Rangers was a hearty one. The wind was sweeping across the field in bluster- ous fashion, and when it was seen that Swansea had lost the toss a groan as- cended from the crowd, but their spirits rose as soon as the game commenced. For the first bout of exchanges the homesters had decidedly the best of matters, and the visitors apeared to be nervous, due no doubt, to the strangeness of the sur- roundings. It was seen that the home- sters intended to force the game, and make the best of their advantage of play- ing on their own ground. Following a free kick Wear passed to Mitchell who put it straight across to Greer on the left wing, and that player put in an oblique shot which Nicholls simply failed to get near, and a roar such as must have been seldom heard on the field before went up from the crowd whilst the Swans-ea. players ran to congratulate Green on his great shot. The visitors began to settle down to the play and within ten minutes from the start it was clearly seen that Swan- sea would have to play as they had never played before. The visitors were decided- ly more than holding their own. The crowd, however, were still well pleased with themselves as although the visitors were showing a better combination, and more precision in the movements, the homesters made good by bustling about. The visitors worked the ball down beautifully t4a- the Swansea half, and Thompson passing to Birch who put in an almost straight shot which Storey ought to have saved, but failed, and the crowd fully appreciated the movement by loudly cheering. Pretty headwork enabled Mayo to open up the game to the home- sters' advantage, but shortly afterwards Sutherland was compelled to concede a corner following which Storey saved a stinging shot from Fortune. The Swansea, backs were kept on the defensive for sometime until Mayo being out-manoeuvred by Wake, Gregory got in a shot which Storey save with some difficulty, and he was almost charged through his own goal in possession. Cub- berley was playing finely, and repeatedly beat Thompson and Birch. Ball was not playing up to his usual form—he was probably too keelly watched! Fortune, for the visitors, was persistent in his efforts to reach the Swansea goal, but was ruled offside time after time. Greer obtained posses ion on one oc- casion, but Pullen was watchful. Ball initiated- an attack by gaining possession from Thompson, and some exciting play was witnessed in front of the visitors goal and a fine effort was spoilt by one of the home forwards being offside at a critical moment. The game was fast, and the play ruled from end to end with rapidity, and both goalies were called upon to save on several occasions. During a particularly strenuous attack by the Rangers, Miller was tackled by one of the "Swans," but failed to get possession. The Swansea man, however, held on to Miller, who was brought down and as he sat looking at Allman with a perplexed look, the humour of the situa- tion burst upon him, and he laughed with the crowd. Half-time arrived with level score. The opening of the second half showed that the visitors were in deadly earnest and the home backs were called upon to break up some formidable combination. which time after time placed their goal in danger. A misunderstanding between Duffy and Sutherland caused Storey to have to run out of goal and clear. The atta-cks were resisted, and then Weir get- ting possession took the ball to within five yards of the visitors' goal, but PuU- en was able to spoil the effort. The Rangers had another spell of determined attacking, but the home backs were play- ing a safe and sound defensive game, and nothing resulted. Then Ball electriffl the crowd by getting in a terrific shot which, had it been straight would have beaten Nicholls to a frazzle, and a groan ascended as it was seen that the shot was wide. An- other deteorminedi rush by the visitors made things look dangerous, but Storey cleared a straight shot from Miller, and threw out, but Birch got the ball and again beat Storey. Then came some strennous efforts on the part of the home- sters, and Weir was again seen to ad- vantage, but he lost the ball before lie could get in an effective shot. The hokpe-s, of the home spectators that the "Swans" would equalize were now doomed to dis- appointment as with victory. Almost certain the visitors played a time-wasting game, and although there were individu- al flashes of brilliance on the part of the homesters, the Rangers' tactics succeeded in keeping the "Swans" out of the danger zone. Fifteen minutes from the time the visitors were the masters of the situation, and thus ended the Swa.ns' pluck efforts to re-ach the third round. The only observations necessary to sum up the game is that the visitors were the more accomplished team, and that the homesters were unfortunate on at least three occasions. Both Weir and' Ball should have scored and the latter, especially, had extremely hard lines in. not doing so.


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